Patio Umbrella Types
Offset Patio Umbrellas
When you're looking to shade a outdoor conversation set, it's time to look into an offset umbrella. This versatile deck umbrellas feature the pole off to one side rather than down the center. Offset umbrellas have a shade that will pivot from side-to-side – some will even rotate 360°. Offset umbrellas are typically 9 to 13 ft. wide but can also be found in smaller or larger sizes.
Market Patio Umbrellas
Commonly seen at outdoor markets and cafes, market umbrellas are the most popular type of patio umbrella. A market umbrella has a straight pole that is positioned in the center of the umbrella and sits in a base on the ground. You can place the umbrella pole in the center of a patio table or use the umbrella alone. This umbrella's canopy is typically an octagon shape but may also be square or rectangular.
Patio umbrella size selection
If you’re planning to shade a dining set, make sure your table is equipped with an umbrella hole. If not, or if you’re shading a conversation set, an offset umbrella will .
Recommended Table Width
Pairs with Furniture
Umbrella Stand Weight
6 – 6.5 ft.Umbrellas
Up to 30 in.
Bistro set, single chair
Up to 35 lbs.
7 – 7.5 ft. Umbrellas
Up to 48 in.
4-person patio dining set or single chaise lounge
35 – 55 lbs.
8 – 8.5 ft. Umbrellas
Up to 54 in.
4 to 6-person patio dining set, small outdoor sectional or sofa
40 – 55 lbs.
9 – 9.5 ft. Umbrellas
Up to 62 in.
6-person patio dining set, patio conversation set, or set of chaise lounges
65 – 75 lbs.
10 ft. & Up Umbrellas
Up to 84 in.
6 to 8-person or larger patio dining set or patio conversation set
75 lbs. or larger
Umbrella cloth material
The industry leader in outdoor fabric
100% solution-dyed – color is locked into the fibers
Will not fade due to UV-ray exposure
Offered in solids and stripes and lasts for years
polyester patio umbrella
Solution-dyed and impressive performance
4-year fade, rot, and mildew-resistance warranty
Wide selection of fashionable colors and patterns
Includes Pacifica and O’Bravia
olefin patio umbrella
Budget-friendly option that doesn’t sacrifice quality
Highly durable synthetic fibers that last for years with proper care
Better fade-resistance than polyester or cotton without expense of acrylic
acrylic patio umbrella
Solution-dyed grade A+/A fabrics
Durable, colorfast, and the standard for outdoor use
Suitable for outdoor pool umbrellas, cushions, pillows, & draperies
thatch patio umbrella
Fun alternative to traditional fabrics
Consists of polypropylene strips sewn into spun polyester base cloth
Will not rot, mildew, or attract insects
Hose it down to clean and allow to air dry
Umbrella Pole Material
Wood: Wood umbrellas have that classic market umbrella appeal. They pair well with wood patio dining tables and are offered in a full range of sizes. Wood poles or frames generally lift via a pulley system or via the push-up-and-pin method.
Aluminum: The most durable and versatile of the pole material options, aluminum is rust-resistant and extremely strong. Most aluminum umbrellas feature easy-to-operate crank lifts, but there are push-up and pulley-system models as well. Many aluminum umbrellas have a tilt feature.
Steel: Steel umbrellas offer many of the strength and feature benefits of aluminum but it’s less expensive. This is due in part to the fact that steel doesn’t have aluminum’s resistance to rust. It may not look as new as long. Steel umbrellas tend to be heavier than aluminum as well.
Umbrella Lift Types
Push-up: User grabs the collar of the umbrella (this is where the canopy ribs come together around the center pole), pushes the collar up, and locks it into place with a pin.
Crank: Usually placed around the center of the pole, this lift operation works by turning a crank until the shade is fully opened.
Pulley: An integrated cord or rope is pulled to expand and open the umbrella canopy. The open shade is typically held in place with a pin.
Umbrella Tilt Types
Push-Button: A button located on the upper half of the pole lets you tilt the shade in two directions.
Crank or auto: Using the same crank employed to open the shade, continue turning to pivot the shade.
Collar: A ring or collar located just above the crank mechanism is twisted clockwise to tilt the shade.
The choice of umbrella base stand
35 lbs. or less
6 to 7.5 ft.
umbrella Not recommended
40 – 55 lbs.
7.5 to 9 ft.
umbrella, low-wind location Not recommended
9 to 11 ft.
umbrella Up to 9 ft. umbrella, low-wind location
75 lbs. & up
Not necessary for thru-table use
Up to 11 ft. umbrella
Patio Umbrella Lights
Umbrella lights are an excellent way to add ambiance to your outdoor living space. You can purchase a patio umbrella with lights integrated right into the ribs or you can add lights as an accessory to upgrade your existing umbrella.
Umbrella Base Tables
This type of umbrella stand does double duty by holding the umbrella pole and your drink. It's a great option for a spot where you want shade but not an entire patio set.
Patio Umbrella Covers
Unfortunately, in most regions the climate doesn't allow year-round use of your patio. When it's time to store the umbrella for the season, keep it protected with an umbrella cover. Waterproof and breathable, these covers are often UV treated to provide extra protection for your umbrella's fabric
What is a market patio umbrella?
The market umbrella is the first outdoor umbrella that most people think of. It features a center pole and its canopy typically has an A hexagon or octagon or rounded shape. Some canopies include vents to allow airflow to keep the area below cool and help Stabilizing the without blowing it over the umbrella in high winds.
Choose aluminum rod umbrella or fiberglass umbrella is better?
When An umbrella using fiberglass ribs won't rust or rot easily so it's a great material for rainy weather as well. Compared to aluminum and other frame materials, fiberglass builds are much more durable and lighter. Because of all these advantages, fiberglass is naturally a more expensive option.
When you are worried about choosing materials to reduce the cost, you can communicate with us about customized market umbrellas. We accept customized umbrellas and are very willing to work with customers to develop new styles of umbrellas. We have a professional patio umbrella factory.
I need to choose what kind of umbrella seat?
Have a good way to determine the minimum weight for your umbrella stand is to multiply the width of your umbrella canopy by 10. For example, for a 7.5' umbrella we recommend using a 75 lb. umbrella stand; a 9' umbrella will require at least an 90 lb. umbrella stand.
What is a square or round cantilever umbrella better?
Usually，A 10 foot square umbrella has a shade are of 100 square feet while a Round/Octagon has approximately 71 square feet. So a square will give you almost 30% MORE shade coverage. If you are looking for maximum shade protection: a square umbrella is the way go!
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