Outdoor areas are incredibly versatile when it comes to entertaining guests. If you have a large outdoor garden, you can look at how you can increase its functionality and value by adding furniture and umbrellas so that you can spend more time outdoors. An outdoor umbrella is a great way to provide shade where you want and it is easily installed. It is a lot more affordable than having a canopy for the entire deck.
You need to get an idea of your outdoor landscape before you purchase outdoor entertainment umbrellas. You can be looking for an umbrella for your patio table. In this case, you need to measure the table beforehand to ensure that you purchase an umbrella that has sufficient size. You need the umbrella to cover the table and provide shade for the chairs around. The proportions of the umbrella should match that of the tables and chairs. If the umbrella is extremely large and all you have are small chairs around the table, you will not be able to achieve a good aesthetic. A good rule of thumb when selecting umbrella sizes is to go for an umbrella that is 6 or 8 feet if the table is 30 to 36 inches. If the table is between 38 and 48 inches, you can go for an umbrella in the range of 9 to 11 feet. If the table is quite large and is about 54 to 60 inches, you can look for an umbrella that is 11 feet or larger than that.
If your house has an overhang, it is best to measure the height from the deck or ground to the overhang. This will help you determine whether the umbrella is touching the top of the roof. Think about the placement of the umbrella in relation to the outdoor kitchen or your barbecue grill. It is best to keep the umbrella a good distance away from open flames as this can be a serious safety issue. You also need to think about foot traffic. You shouldn’t be installing the umbrella very close to a pathway so that it disturbs the traffic. There are different types of outdoor umbrellas as well. There are sunshades that look like a round disc fixed onto a pole and it usually provides shade only for one person. These are commonly used near swimming pools. Pagodas are more of architectural shading that is inspired by the parasols. Market umbrellas are used for large residential purposes and you may have seen these outside cafes that provide open dining. Cantilever umbrellas are a great option when you are looking for something that doesn’t get in the way. You will not need a hole in the table for this. These are used in a variety of situations.
You need to look at the material that the umbrella frame is made out of. There are different options for this such as fibreglass, aluminium and wood. Aluminium is more commonly used and is suited for all weather conditions. Fibreglass is also great for any weather and it is incredibly lightweight and flexible. Timber frames while they give a classic and elegant appearance can be quite costly.