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How to Choose the Best Umbrella for Your Patio

Bambrella Umbrellas

How to Choose the Best Umbrella for Your Patio

So you’ve picked out your patio furniture and maybe it’s even set up, what’s next?

Many times, an umbrella is an afterthought. But protecting you and your family from the harsh rays of the sun and the sweltering summer heat is important.

This guide will help you find the best umbrellas for your outdoor living space!

The first step is determining where your new umbrella will go and what area you are trying to throw shade on!

Center Pole (Table) Umbrellas:

If your umbrella is needed to go in table, the first determination is what size hole your table has. Umbrellas come in various pole diameter sizes, ranging from 1.5” all the way to as big as 2.25”, so you don’t want to get one that won’t fit through the hole in your table!

If you don’t want your umbrella directly in the center of your table, another option is to have an offset or cantilevered umbrella next to the table (discussed more below). This option gives you greater flexibility but is somewhat less traditional and many people prefer having one umbrella just for the dining area.

When choosing an umbrella to go directly in the table the next step is to determine the size and shape you will need to adequately provide shade for the seating area.

If your table is round or square, there are a myriad of square and round umbrellas for a table, some as big as 13 feet, but again, the larger ones have bigger pole diameters so be sure that you check the pole size before ordering. If your table is a rectangle or oval, we offer large rectangle umbrellas as well. Same pole size considerations apply.

Seating areas:

If you’re looking to provide shade for an area aside from a dining table, for example, chaise lounges, or a outdoor seating, a plethora of options exist!

While a traditional center pole umbrella placed in between two chaise lounges with a freestanding base will do the trick, another option is to go with an offset (side pole) or cantilevered umbrella.

Depending on the make and model, an offset umbrella offers not only great shade coverage but also flexibility. Properly placed, these unique umbrellas are able to rotate 360 degrees, so they can shade more than one seating area or even a portion of a pool, without moving the umbrella!

So for example, you could place a cantilever umbrella so that it can cover both the spa section of your pool or rotate to cover nearby chaise lounges.

These unique shade products can not only rotate, but also tilt as much as 45 degrees, so as the sun moves from one side of your backyard or patio, by rotating and tilting the umbrella canopy, you can block the sun and create a shaded area in another section of your outdoor environment!

Cantilever Umbrellas:

Like their center pole counterparts, offset umbrellas come in round, square and rectangular canopy shapes and in a variety of sizes from 8.5 feet to as big as 13 feet! They are available in both aluminum and natural bamboo frames with a huge selection of canopy color choices.

Canopy Selection:

Depending on the make and model, our manufactures offer excellent choices in both color and grade of outdoor fabric. These durable products are built to withstand the environment but we strongly recommend purchasing an umbrella cover to extend the life of your canopy. And most canopies are easily replaced down the line, should this need arise. Many manufacturers offer Sunbella® fabrics discussed more here.

Umbrella Base:

While some umbrellas come with a base, most require this as an add on item, so be sure to make sure you have the proper base to keep your umbrella grounded. This article will assist you with choosing the right base for your umbrella and also discuss in ground mounting options!

The Shade Experts at Umbrella Specialist are here to assist you through every step of the process. Give us a call at
954-376-3766 and tell us about your patio so we can help chose the perfect shade solution!

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Which Umbrella Base Should I Choose?

Gray Granite & Stainless Steel Umbrella Base

Which Umbrella Base Should I Choose?

An umbrella is a necessary accessory for anyone spending of time outside, especially in the summer months. The right umbrella shields you from the sun, preventing burns and providing much-needed relief from the heat.

So you’ve purchased an umbrella as a shade solution for your patio.  What’s next?

Umbrellas don’t just stay anchored to the ground on their own – they require the right base to keep them from going awry. 

An “umbrellas base” or “umbrella stand”, as they are sometimes referred to, might be an afterthought when you are planning your outdoor area, but it’s a necessary one to avoid having your umbrellas launching into a neighbor’s backyard on a windy afternoon.

Many times, an umbrella base is too light for an umbrella. However, the correct weighted base and umbrella will not only offer a finished look for you outdoor area, but peace of mind when you are under the umbrella and the wind or breeze picks up.

You can permanently mount an umbrella base to your patio floor or deck. If mobility and flexibility are your main goals, there are plenty of stylish freestanding or under-the-table options for all types of umbrellas

Here are some considerations when shopping for a base or stand:

Online, you will many times see the phrases “umbrella base” and “umbrella stand” used interchangeably so what is the actual difference? Usually, an umbrella “base” is for use under a table, while a “stand” is usually heavier and free standing. However, both kinds of holders are used in various outdoor locations.

Some Important Terms

Weight when filled:

When you see a base shown as “30-pound” or “50-pound,” that usually indicates how heavy the base will be when it’s filled with water or sand. A heavier weight is better for steadying a larger umbrella in windy conditions.

Size:

The majority of umbrella bases are 20 inches in diameter. This ensures that they fit under tables without posing a tripping hazard. It’s not the diameter of a base that steadies a larger umbrella; it’s the weight of the base when it’s filled that matters most.

Pole size:

Smaller umbrellas have thinner pole diameters, typically from 1 3/8 inches to 1 1/2 inches. The average size of an umbrella pole is usually 1.5 inches in diameter. Larger umbrellas, such as 11- and 13-foot canopies, have larger pole diameters, from 1 1/2 inches to 2.5 inches in diameter.

Before purchasing, it makes sense to know the diameter of your umbrella pole and the circumference of the umbrella canopy. Occasionally, a large umbrella canopy comes with a smaller-than-expected pole diameter.

Fill options:

Decide if you want to fill a base with water or sand or if you prefer to have a solid base that is not fillable. Water may make a taller base slightly unstable or wobbly, especially when moving it around. This happens because water is not as dense and stable as sand filling.

Durability:

The material a base is made from usually indicates how durable it will be over time. Cast iron bases are heavy but can rust in high humidity. Powder-coated steel bases weighted with concrete may rust over time, leaving marks on your deck or patio. Concrete bases won’t rust or crack, but you can’t always add filler. Heavy-duty molded resin and plastic bases won’t rust, flake, or crack.

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Materials: Umbrella bases can be made from a variety of materials. The most popular choices are: cast iron, steel, concrete, and molded resin (heavy-duty plastic).

Locking pole sleeve: Some umbrella bases have a pole that extends up from the base and acts as a sleeve for the umbrella pole. The base sleeve secures the pole with a locking mechanism or thumbscrews.

Water plug: You’ll need to drain a water-filled base at when storing if you live in an seasonal area. Look for one with a water plug that’s easy to reach but is hidden or blends in with the rest of the base.

Feet: If you prefer a base without wheels, rubber pads beneath the holder will minimize scratches on your deck or patio.

Wheels: If you need to move your umbrella often, when the sun shifts, you may appreciate a freestanding, wheeled umbrella base with locking castors. Usually, only two of the wheels lock into place, which is enough for stability.

Design: Cast iron and resin bases often have a decorative design such as a pattern or swirl, or a floral print carved or molded into them for a touch of style.

Color: Bases are often constructed to match patio sets that have metallic finishes. For a pop of color, there are tinted concrete bases.

TIPS

  • Online you will see a common formula to determine out how heavy your umbrella stand should be in relation to your umbrella, simply multiply the width of your umbrella by 10. For example, an umbrella that’s nine feet wide needs a stand that weighs a minimum of 90 pounds when filled. However, it is important to note that other factors such as location, the frequency of high winds and elevation, should be taken into account. It is always wise to consult the umbrella manufacturer’s recommendation for the right size/weight base or stand for their product.
  • Umbrella stands that weigh 50 pounds or less when filled are considered lightweight and could cause your umbrella to lift up when it’s windy. Use this type of stand underneath an umbrella table for extra support but consider the other environmental factors in your location.
  • Cantilevered, or offset, patio umbrellas require specialized heavy-duty bases designed to fit over the existing crossbar base. Bases typically have a set of four connected “plates” that hold concrete “paver” to weigh down the crossbars.

Final Thoughts: If you have spent time and money choosing the perfect umbrella for your outdoor environmental, do the proper research to find the right base for your investment.

The experts at Umbrella Specialist are here to help you make the right choices. Call us at 954-376-3766.

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Square vs Round, which shape has the most shade explained?

Patio Umbrella

Square vs Round:

Which Umbrella Throws More Shade?

When choosing the right umbrellas for your patio, balcony, terrace, or any outdoor area  many factors come into play: Size, type; center pole or offset (cantilever), color and brand.

While the location your umbrella will be placed is often the first consideration, the primary decision is what size and shape to purchase since most manufacturers offer similar sizes and colors.

The shape and size of your umbrella – octagon, square or rectangle will determine how much shade coverage your area will receive.While most companies refer to umbrellas as “round” they are actually “octagons”.

So when you compare a 10 foot square umbrella to a 10 foot round/octagon umbrella the numbers tell the full picture.

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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How to care for your patio umbrella

Bambrella Levante Sidewind Patio Umbrella

Here are some great tips for cleaning and caring for your patio umbrella.

How To Clean The Canopy

All our fabrics are engineered to combine the highest level of design and performance. For easy day-to-day maintenance of your Sunbrella or Spuncylic fabric:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Spray on a cleaning solution of water and mild soap.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  4. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  5. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  6. Air dry.

Caring For Your Aluminum Frame

With easy regular maintenance, aluminum patio umbrellas will provide years of shade. Cleaning with mild soap and water, the follow up with a good rinsing and drying with a towel is all you should need to do.

Don’t use abrasive materials, cleansers or bleach these will damage the aluminum. Also try not to allow dirt to build up as it will be harder to clean over time.

If you see that calcium is building up on your aluminum patio umbrella you can use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 9 parts water to remove it. Also, be sure to test your solution on small area first to make sure it doesn’t damage you frame.

What to do during storm.

There is no need to take your down patio umbrella during an after thunderstorm but you should always close it when not in use. When winds reach more than 15 to 20 mph it best to close the your umbrella. Better safe, than sorry we say.

If a more substantial storm is approaching, with gale force winds or more, it’s best to take down your umbrella. 

Get yourself a cover!

An umbrella cover is a small investment that keeps your canopy free from dirt and mildew and helps the colors from fading over time too.

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Sunbrella Fabric Options

Sunbrella

Our Sunbrella® Fabric Options

Add any Sunbrella® fabric color to your umbrella purchase!
Sunbrella

Sunbrella® fabrics are inspired by rich color palettes, cultivated trend stories and an array of textures. Discover our color option and get inspired.

Any Bambrella or Galtech patio umbrella can be ordered with a Sunbrella® Fabric option.

Sunbrella® fabric are 100% solution dyed acrylic, they combine resistance, comfort and ease of maintenance. Sunbrella® quality is renowned in the professional world of furniture where it has many different applications.

Sunbrella® superior pigments are added during the production of fade-resistant Sunbrella® fiber. The final result is Sunbrella® yarn and fabric with color through out that won’t fade or wash away.

Sunbrella®fabrics are amazingly easy to maintain, and most spills can be cleaned with mild soap and water. For tough stains, bleach can be used without gear of damaging the fabric or removing the color.

When ordering a Sunbrella® color, please call 954-376-3766 for assistance.

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How To Measure A Patio Umbrella

Galtech 132 Patio Umbrella

How to Measure Patio Umbrellas

Measure twice, buy once!

How To Measure Patio Umbrellas?

First, open your umbrella and make certain it’s completely extended. Then measure from the top of the patio umbrella along one of the ribs or arms that extent from the center hub. Measure that distance from the center hub to end of the rib or arm. Then simply multiply that number by 2, that is the size of your umbrella.

For example, if your umbrella has ribs that are 5 feet long, then you have a 10 foot patio umbrella. Remember patio umbrellas are measured by canopy width not overall height.

Another important measurement to know is the “Crank Height”.

This measurement is called the crank height. You may need to know this if you are buying an umbrella for a taller table, like a bar height table.

The “Crank Height” is the distance from the base of the umbrella pole to the cranking mechanism, if it has one.

The beautiful patio umbrella featured in our graphic, is the Bambrella Levante Center Pole, it doesn’t not have a crank, but many center pole umbrellas from our Galtech collection do, so the “Crank Height” can be an important measurement. Why? Well consider if you are going to be using your umbrellas in a table, the height of your table needs to be shorter than your “Crank Height”. 

How to Measure a Patio Umbrella
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Protecting Your Patio Umbrella with a Bambrella Protective Cover

Protecting Your Patio Umbrella

Using the Bambrella Protective Cover

 

When your umbrella is not in use, keep it safe with a protective cover.

Bambrella’s range of protective covers are specially designed to protect umbrellas and ensure the frame and cover keep their color. The covers are Ideal for storage during the winter months and bad weather.

Using Bambrella’s easy design, the protective covers come with telescopic arms that make it easy to use whether your umbrella is up or down.

 
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Patio Umbrella Parts 101: A comprehensive guide to Patio Umbrella parts

Patio Umbrella Parts 101

Patio Umbrella Parts 101

Everything you need to know before you buy.

Umbrella Parts 101:

A comprehensive guide to Patio Umbrella parts.

Have you ever wondered what a finial is?
Do you understand the difference between a runner and a rib?
Ain’t nobody got time for that!

We understand that not everyone can be a umbrella specialist, so we created this info-graphic to help you understand all those terms you need to know when ordering a patio umbrella.

Your Welcome : )

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Why Buy Galtech?

Galtech 986 11′ Round Deluxe Auto Tilt Umbrella LED Lighted

Why Galtech?

A Galtech umbrella will ensure that your outdoor experience is the best that it can be.

GALTECH INTERNATIONAL MARKET UMBRELLAS AND STANDS

Galtech’s shade products are designed with the finest materials available. Galtech’s aluminum umbrellas utilize stainless steel cables and patented auto tilt mechanisms, our wood umbrellas are finished with six layers of marine grade varnish to protect and beautify the wood. Galtech’s selection of Sunbrella fabric is second to none.

For the past 23 years, Galtech’s dedicated team of specialists have strived to make purchasing a Galtech umbrella a positive experience for both the dealer and the consumer.

Galtech’s shade products are designed with the finest materials available. Galtech’s aluminum umbrellas utilize stainless steel cables and patented auto tilt mechanisms, our wood umbrellas are finished with six layers of marine grade varnish to protect and beautify the wood. Galtech’s selection of Sunbrella fabric is second to none.

Here is the complete line of Galtech Umbrellas we offer:

Galtech 131 9′ Round Light Wood Patio Umbrella

Galtech 161 6′ Square Deluxe Patio Umbrella

Galtech 221 7.5′ Deluxe Round Dark Wood Umbrella

Galtech 121 7.5′ Deluxe Round Light Wood Umbrella

Galtech 211 6′ Deluxe Round Dark Wood Umbrella

Galtech 111 6′ Deluxe Round Light Wood Umbrella

Galtech 897 10′ x 10′ Cantilever (Offset) Aluminum Square Umbrella

Galtech 772 3.5′ x 7′ Half Wall Market Umbrella

Galtech 781 11′ Round Deluxe Commercial Flat Profile Umbrella

Galtech 782 8′ Square Deluxe Commercial Market Umbrella

Galtech 732 9′ Round Deluxe Commercial Market Umbrella

Galtech 735 9′ Round Commercial Market Umbrella

Galtech 725 7.5′ Round Commercial Market Umbrella

Galtech 722 7.5′ Round Deluxe Commercial Use Market

Galtech 762 6′ Square Deluxe Commercial Market Umbrella

Galtech 986 11′ Round Deluxe Auto Tilt Umbrella LED Lighted

Galtech 936 9′ Round Deluxe Auto Tilt Umbrella LED Lighted

Galtech 779 8.5’x11′ Oval Deluxe Auto Tilt Umbrella

Galtech 738 9′ Round Deluxe Auto Tilt Umbrella

Galtech 727 7.5′ Deluxe Auto Tilt Round Umbrella

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Why Bamrella?

Umbrella Specialist

Why Bambrella?

It's Simple, Quality, Design and Strength!

Bambrella Ltd was formed by the directors of the Woodstocks International group of companies, who have been manufacturing garden furniture and umbrellas in Indonesia since 1996. Prior to this the directors were wooden boat builders. The wealth of experience gained over the years in this industry has inspired us to invest time and resources into the research and rigorous testing of materials, in order to produce a superior umbrella. They use unique patented designs and innovative technology to manufacture umbrellas of unsurpassed quality.

In Bamboo they have the “Sirocco” Bamboo Collection and the “Levante” Bamboo Collection.

They also carry 2 aluminum umbrella lines. Those lines are the “Hurricane’s” and “Santa Ana’s collections.

Check them all out here:

Bamboo

Bambrella Levante Side Wind (Offset) Bamboo Patio Umbrellas
Bambrella Sirocco Side Wind (Offset) Bamboo Umbrellas
Bambrella Levante Round Bamboo Umbrellas
Bambrella Levante Rectangle Bamboo Umbrellas
Bambrella Levante Square Bamboo Umbrellas

Aluminum 

Bambrella Hurricane Side Wind (Offset) Aluminum Patio Umbrellas
Bambrella Hurricane Square Aluminum Umbrellas
Bambrella Hurricane Round Aluminum Umbrellas
Bambrella Santa Ana Aluminum Umbrellas

And the protective covers are a must!

Bambrella Protective Umbrella Covers

In 2010 they expanded their manufacturing operation into China and began the manufacture of Bambrella umbrellas there. The reason for the move from Indonesia was the plentiful supply of superior Moso bamboo, which they found to be the only bamboo which can be processed and treated for outdoor use, as well as being available with FSC certifications.

Bambrella® has proven to be the highest quality laminated bamboo umbrella on the market. One of the reasons is its ability to resist the inherent problem that inferior products have of mold and mildew occurring when bamboo is exposed to the elements. This effective resistance has taken years of testing to overcome. Another reason is the patented joint system which enables us to hot press and glue long lengths of laminations. These innovations make it very difficult for other manufacturers to replicate the quality of Bambrella. Independent laboratory-testing has been conducted for mold and mildew defense and the ability to prevent de-lamination, this gives us and our customers confidence in this fine product.

Our mission is to supply commercial, contract and residential users with a strong, durable and well-designed umbrellas which will last, whilst maintaining a natural wood look, finish and feel. At Bambrella, they constantly look to improve and enhance their product range and are designing and testing an exciting new range of outdoor furniture using high-quality modern materials combined with bamboo. The materials used in the production of their outdoor furniture and umbrellas are known to be the best available, so that they can withstand the many differing climates and conditions around the world where their products are found.

 
 
 
 

Bambrella & The Environment

 

Bambrella® is a certificate holder in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) scheme and we endeavour to source our bamboo through FSC® certified forests.

The FSC® have only been certifying bamboo forests since 2008 and although bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, we at Bambrella® feel that these bamboo forests need to be managed responsibly. This ensures that our bamboo is well managed, and protects local communities and natural wildlife.

All the materials used in the production of our umbrellas are 100% recyclable. The oil finish we use has a low VOC and the bamboo is dipped rather than sprayed. The glues we use are European and are rated well within the EU, E1 standard. Recycled materials are used for packaging where possible. All this helps keep the impact of manufacturing on the environment to a minimum. At Bambrella® we understand our social responsibilities and require our international partners to adhere to high levels of welfare, far exceeding local labour standards.

As a member of the Leisure & Outdoors Furniture Association (LOFA) Bambrella® is also linked to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). We register all our designs at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and additionally protect it at the Anti Copying In Design (ACID) society. Bambrella® is also proud to be a member of WWF-UK’s Business Club – a community of enterprises who are supporting WWF’s urgent work to build a future where people live in harmony with nature by conserving biological diversity, promoting sustainable use of natural resources, reducing wasteful consumption, cutting pollution and carbon emissions.

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How To Measure A Patio Umbrella

Galtech 132 Patio Umbrella

How to Measure Patio Umbrellas

Measure twice, buy once!

How To Measure Patio Umbrellas?

First, open your umbrella and make certain it’s completely extended. Then measure from the top of the patio umbrella along one of the ribs or arms that extent from the center hub. Measure that distance from the center hub to end of the rib or arm. Then simply multiply that number by 2, that is the size of your umbrella.

For example, if your umbrella has ribs that are 5 feet long, then you have a 10 foot patio umbrella. Remember patio umbrellas are measured by canopy width not overall height.

Another important measurement to know is the “Crank Height”.

This measurement is called the crank height. You may need to know this if you are buying an umbrella for a taller table, like a bar height table.

The “Crank Height” is the distance from the base of the umbrella pole to the cranking mechanism, if it has one.

The beautiful patio umbrella featured in our graphic, is the Bambrella Levante Center Pole, it doesn’t not have a crank, but many center pole umbrellas from our Galtech collection do, so the “Crank Height” can be an important measurement. Why? Well consider if you are going to be using your umbrellas in a table, the height of your table needs to be shorter than your “Crank Height”. 

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What Is An Offset Umbrella?

Sirocco Side Wind Offset Market Umbrella

What is an offset umbrella?

Go Sideways!

What is an offset Umbrella? Everyone knows an umbrella is a great shade solution for a table and chairs but what do you do if you have an outdoor seating or lounging area where a traditional center pole umbrella doesn’t work?

A cantilever or offset umbrella may be your answer! 

A cantilever umbrella, also known as an offset or side pole umbrella, differs from a typical umbrella because it is suspended in the air and supported by a freestanding pole on the side of an outdoor patio area instead of the middle.

This versatile shade solution comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes, pole materials, fabrics and features, including LED lighting. Some have tilting features allowing the canopy to move left and right, forwards and backwards or even rotate 360 degrees! Cantilever umbrellas range from between 9′ -13′ in diameter, come in square, round, octagon and rectangular shapes and are suited for many seating and dining areas.

At UmbrellaSpecialist.com we have a wide variety of cantilever umbrellas. Let one of our Umbrella Specialists help you choose the perfect shade solution for your outdoor area.

Need to know how to measure your patio umbrellas? Click here to find out!

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Best Patio Umbrellas For 2019

Galtech 736 Patio Umbrella

Best Patio Umbrellas For 2019

Our selections for you

The experts at UmbrellaSpecialist.com have hand picked the following umbrellas as our Best patio umbrellas for 2019. Not listed in any particular order, below are 8 umbrellas that pass our best in class tests for durability, beauty and value.

Here a few things to keep in mind when picking your patio umbrella.

What Size Patio Umbrella Should I Buy?

Size matters, your umbrella size depends on a couple of variables.

  • How much space do you have?
  • What is your budget?

These things should be considered first before purchasing an outdoor patio umbrella.

Choosing an umbrella that’s to big could throw off the zen of your outdoor sanctuary.

Also your new umbrella should only extend over your table by 2′ on each side.
A 4 foot table, would be great with an 8′ umbrella.

How to measure your umbrella.