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Materials for Patio Umbrellas
Size of your Patio Umbrella
Lighting for Patio Umbrellas

The scorching sun can be a strong deterrent, keeping you from enjoying the beauty of your garden and outdoor living area.

An umbrella for your patio table can keep the sun at bay and help you enjoy the beauty of your outdoor area, regardless of how high the mercury climbs.


Take a look at the tubular construction of the frame as well as the material of the umbrella itself.

Patio umbrellas generally have aluminum or wood frames. Aluminum frames, available in many colors and finishes, are powder coated for protection from the weather.

Wooden frames can be constructed from a variety of materials ranging from inexpensive pine to durable teak.

An umbrella constructed of poor quality material will be far more likely to bend and be permanently damaged in high winds.

Look for fabric that is treated so that the designs and colors will not fade as a result of sun exposure. It’s also a good idea to look for fabric that is waterproof.

Most quality patio umbrella products are constructed of fade resistant, waterproof material. However, it's a good idea to check each umbrella carefully to be sure it has these features.


Patio umbrellas are available in a wide variety of sizes, so it’s important to consider what size is appropriate.

If you're purchasing an entire patio furniture set, an appropriate umbrella will typically be offered with the set. If you're purchasing a replacement umbrella, be sure you choose one that is an appropriate size for your existing patio furniture.

Depending on your needs, you may want a custom built umbrella. While it will be more expensive than ready made options, a custom built umbrella may be the right choice.

If you need an oversized umbrella or if you need an umbrella with a unique mount or shape, a custom built product could be the right solution.


Earl P. Mowgly, Gardener

Finally, be sure to consider whether or not you want your new patio umbrella to include lighting. Many patio umbrella products contain mini-lights along their spines to provide additional lighting for your patio area.

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