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Whether you have an outdoor table or just a little area to relax, a heavy duty patio umbrella is much needed… unless you want to boil in the sun and run indoors after ten minutes, that is!
Finding the right model for your garden will drastically improve those memorable summer afternoons. Not only that, but it can even be a stylish statement to reinforce the décor and palette that you've gone for in your backyard.
Patio umbrellas are available in all sorts of sizes and colors, but it might be helpful to identify what type of model you need before you start browsing them.
Table patio umbrellas are ideal if you only ever want them to provide shade while you're sitting around a table that has a central hole.
Freestanding options are usually intended to be placed in the middle of a sitting area. They also allow you more flexibility as you can move them around depending on where you've decided to hang out that day.
Cantilever umbrellas are fairly large options with the pole on the side of the canopy. Heavier and, therefore, less portable, they could be a better choice if you have a wide seating area but don't wish to have a pole right in the middle of it.
Any of these options can also be chosen as a tilting model: with a pivoting feature, it can protect you from the sun at different times of the day, and it's perfect if you're planning on staying outdoors for hours.
As for materials, you definitely want your heavy duty patio umbrella to be waterproof and, if you wish for it to be durable and not discolor overtime, UV-resistant.
Polyester and acrylic are the most popular options, but there are other more budget-friendly (like olefin) and sustainable materials (like thatch) that you can consider.
To avoid disappointment, measure the area that you want to keep in the shade rather than relying on guesswork.