The Different Kinds of Patio Umbrellas

There are many different kinds of patio umbrellas.

The ones you see for home applications are much more useful than a bistro type umbrella because some include lighting and other accessories. They can be made from heavy wood or metal; most of the inexpensive models are made from aluminum and have a plastic cover. If you want to pay more then there are many different coverings, from heavy canvas, vinyl, and all of these have been treated with weather and bug resistant coating to withstand the outdoor elements.

There are patio umbrella models that can be folded like a regular hand held umbrella, but some models are more permanent and can’t be folded down, like the Market Umbrella. These usually have a steeper cover angle so that water or snow doesn’t stay on the top. If you want to get really fancy, there are metal models that can open, close, and even tilt on an angle, some with electronics and a remote control.

You can also get patio umbrellas that either have a free standing base or that are included with a table set up. The free standing models can either have a weighted bottom, and can be moved around or stored in a garage during the cold winter months. You do have the option of making it permanent, but if you change your mind later it will be too late.

If you are not sure exactly what patio umbrella you are looking for, or what company you should buy from, there are several online review sites. Some well known online retailers also include input from real customers, whether the feedback is good or bad. If it shows prices, these usually don’t include information on shipping, which you have to find out from the individual retailer. Another thing you have to make sure of is some kind of warranty, as well as any return policies.

With all the different types of patio umbrella models to choose from, the idea is to take your time, look around, and find one that has the best feature at a cost that fits within your budget. Some national mass marketing companies have both brick and mortar stores as well as online, so if you find something online that you like, you can have them ship site to store at no additional cost, saving you more money.

About the Author: Gerry writes for Patio Shoppers, the leader in outdoor accessories for patios and backyards.

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