6 Factors To Ponder Upon In Buying Patio Umbrellas
Wanting to buy a patio umbrella to use in my garden is necessary to complete my outdoor patio furniture set.
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.
Before buying something no matter what is, I always make sure I do thorough research about it, so I decided to share these findings with you. Before buying the product, I took my time to consider these relevant points.
First on the list is the frame. Ultimately the choice just boils down to either wood or aluminium. Using the wood has its disadvantage which is it is heavy so it will be hard to move it, but if portability is not a factor for you then wood will do to fill the shoes.
The second thing to consider is the lifting mechanism of the patio umbrella. Depending on the size of the patio umbrella the lifting mechanism can be very vital for you. The crank system is when there is a level on the umbrella pole that you wind and up it goes, this system is especially made for heavy umbrellas.
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 you have the tried and tested collar where you thrust it upwards until it clicks indicating it has been locked.
Thirdly, is the tilt. About two option can be used in tilting your patio umbrella. a)The crank is used by the auto system to tilt the umbrella b)To rotate one of the ribs for the umbrella to tilt.
The fourth thing to consider is the shade size. If you want to make sure that you will be able to shade everything from the table to the chairs, be sure to follow the general rule of thumb, it states that the size of the umbrella should be 5 feet more than the area of the table.
Fifth on the list 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 key points are 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.
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