The most common form is a freestanding umbrella with octagon shaped canopy. Other types can look so similar or very different. Each have a distinct characteristic based on how some of the common umbrella parts are modified.
- Offset umbrella – also known as cantilever umbrella and has its pole on its side with the canopy hanging in a horizontal or slanting beam.
- Tilting umbrella – the upper part of the pole is made to let the umbrella tilt to provide shade every time the sun shifts position.
- Wall mount umbrella and rotating arm umbrella - similar to offset type but the canopy on the arm can be rotated and can have multiple canopies.
- Half-canopy umbrella – its canopy is literally made half only.
These patio umbrellas can be used in several outdoor setups and situations including backyard garden, patio, outdoor leisure, and businesses. They provide a protection for the outdoor furniture sets and the people. To get the best out of an umbrella, one should know how to choose the best one for a specific environment. Here some situations and how to choose the best umbrellas for them.
Home Exterior Decoration
Outdoor umbrellas can be used to decorate the exteriors of your house. The half-canopy and wall-mount patio umbrellas can be a beneficial feature to the house walls. You are not just adding a unique feature to your house but also an extra shade.
Backyard or Patio
A backyard or a patio place are some of the best place at home for an outdoor relaxation and a pleasant place for receiving guests. Creating this outdoor space is easy with patio umbrellas and with the help of an outdoor heater for some cozy ambiance when it is cold outside. A freestanding patio umbrella along with some comfy patio furniture can set the mood of the overall design.
When it is summer and the sunlight is at its peak, do not go out in the open area without sun protection. Sun's rays can be harmful to the skin and may lead to serious diseases like cancer. Bring an outdoor umbrella with you especially when you go out to the beach to have a shade when the heat is not bearable. For a worry free relaxation and look for those resistant to wind and having a higher UV protection. A tilting patio umbrella will protect you at any time of the day.
When you are planning or having a business like cafe, it is wiser to extend the area and use the outdoor space. All you need are sets of tables and chairs with an outdoor umbrella. These umbrellas will make your business look attractive from the outside. Commercial patio umbrellas are also a tool for advertising. This type of umbrella can be printed with logos, pictures, a text to advertise your business or cause. Offset patio umbrellas would be the best choice if you want a shade that is so open without the annoying center pole.