Nothing is more uncomfortable for you guests than to sit on a hot concrete patio without any shade available. A good quality patio umbrella helps block the sun and provide shade to offer a cooler environment in hot months. Not only are umbrellas practical, but they provide privacy and elegance to any outdoor seating arrangement. Patio umbrellas are now made with many unique features. Some beach umbrellas are designed for maximum wind resistance.
There are several types of patio umbrellas to choose from depending on your location. For typically patio or pool side seating, a good choice is an aluminum crank patio umbrella. They range in size from 7 to 10 feet and can be ordered in a variety colors and patterns.
Beach seating requires a more heavy duty umbrella that can withstand the elements. Beach umbrellas are typically made of fiberglass and are built to withstand high winds, bright sun, and salt air.
Patio umbrellas are also available as part of a patio table set. These types are great for eating or picnic areas. They can seat large groups of people and are also stain resistant, so clean up is easy.
Another way to dress up your patio with umbrellas is to order a custom design patio umbrella. Some can be built to look like a palm tree umbrella, which is provides great atmosphere for any beach or tropical resort. Also consider a patio umbrella that is lined with small twinkle lights, which give a romantic atmosphere for evening patio parties. Umbrellas can be lit up to make it look like a night sky canopy.