6 Factors To Ponder Upon In Buying Patio Umbrellas
In completion of my outdoor patio furniture set, I decided to purchase a patio umbrella for my garden.
The ideal time for planning a backyard BBQ cookout would be during lunchtime because I actually live in the part of the country that is relatively high in altitude so the evenings can get rather chilly so eating during this time isn’t usually plausible.
I know it was time to invest in a patio umbrella when I realized that my patio area is rather exposed so when the sun is up there, it can be really easy for my guest and their families to get burned especially young members of the families.
When I purchase something I do in-depth research about it regardless of what I am buying, so I though why not share my conclusions with you? The list below are the relevant points I considered before purchasing the product.
First on the list is the frame. The choices can just either be wood or aluminium mainly. The drawback of choosing wood is that it is heavy but you can still choose wood if portability is not that a big factor for you.
Second on the list is the lifting mechanism of the patio umbrella. The lifting mechanism is vital for you depending on the size of the patio umbrella. When you have a heavy umbrella, there should be a level on the umbrella pole that you wind and it goes up, this is called the crank system.
Another system is using a pulley, you pull on a rope and the umbrella goes up and by using the pin you can secure its position, this is known as one the less elaborate systems. Lastly there’s the tried and tested collar where you push it up until you hear a click indicating it to be locked.
The third thing to consider is the tilt. There are two options in tilting your patio umbrella. a)In tilting the umbrella, an auto system uses the crank. b)Rotating one of the ribs to tilt the umbrella.
Fourth is the shade size. The size of the umbrella should be 5 feet more than the area of the table if you want to be sure to provide shade to the chairs as well, this is known as the general rule of thumb.
The fifth thing to consider is the fabric used. The fabric is considered to be one of the biggest driver of the cost, I can assure you that the cheaper fabrics’ color will fade.
The last on the list is the maximum shade and an offset umbrellas that are flexible. The umbrellas should be free standing so no addition cost will go to buying umbrella stand and the pole is to one side, so you can freely position the umbrella where you wish to maximize the shade or to ensure the view isn’t disturbed, these are the key points.
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