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The Best Pool Umbrellas For 2021

It’s summertime and it’s HOT outside. But if you are fortunate enough to have a pool in your backyard then you have a place to cool off but what about shade protection while you are in the pool or relaxing beside it?

There are many shade solutions for a pool and like with all patio and backyard decisions, looking at the big picture is important. Some of the considerations are the design and size of the pool and what furniture you will place around it.

Putting An Umbrella Directly In A Pool

A hot new trend in pool construction is in-pool umbrellas with umbrella stands built directly into the pool steps or benches, or built into the pool deck. The purpose for this type of design is obvious:  to provide shade in areas of the pool and pool deck, and because it looks really awesome.

When using an umbrella directly in the pool, especially in a salt water pool, make sure to use one that is stainless steel, aluminum or fiberglass – materials impervious to chlorine and salts.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when a pool umbrella is in the pool, it may be lower (in height) than you imagine. Umbrella pole extensions can be used to raise in-pool umbrellas above eye-poking level. Finally consider placement carefully, to provide the shade you want, during different times of the year, when the sun is higher or lower in the sky.

Fiberbuilt umbrella for pools
Fiberbuilt 7.5′ hexagon garden push-up umbrella

FiberBuilt 7.5′ 6 Rib Hexagon / Round Garden Umbrella with Crank Lift These light-duty umbrellas feature valance style canopies (available in 10 vinyl coated weave colors), and a two-piece, 1.5″ diameter aluminum pole with a .065 (1.65 mm) wall thickness. It can be used both in-table and freestanding. While not designed for high wind locations, these budget-friendly valance style umbrellas provide years of shaded comfort to backyards and pool decks.

Using Cantilever Umbrellas for Multipurpose Shading!

A cantilever or offset umbrella is a great way to shade multiple areas including pool coverage as well as the surrounding areas, and since the umbrella is NOT going directly in the pool, as discussed above, the umbrella frame material is not as crucial so a bamboo or wood pole umbrella can also be used.

Using one of these umbrellas, also known as side pole umbrellas, can make a statement as well as keep you and your family protected from the harsh rays of the sun.

Bambrella Side Wind Umbrella
Bambrella Levante Side Wind (Offset) Bamboo Patio Umbrellas

Bambrella’s Levante Side Wind Cantilever umbrellas are side poles, and are designed for use in both the residential and commercial hospitality settings.

The Levante Side Wind Cantilever Bamboo Umbrella is engineered to rotate 360° about the base.

With it’s high design, this offset umbrella is crafted so that one can easily tilt the canopy up to a 45° angle.

Sirocco Side Wind Offset Market Umbrella
10′ Round Sirocco Side Wind Offset Market Umbrella

The Sirocco Side Wind Collection (by Bambrella) of small side pole (offset) umbrellas are manufactured and designed to exacting standards with durability, strength and style in mind – the three key points of all Bambrella® products.

The Side Wind cantilever features a 360 degree rotating base and 45 degree tilt so you can still find shade as the sun goes down.


The base has adjustable feet for uneven surfaces while protecting the floor at the same time. They use a specialized type of polymer for the bearings meaning that they never seize up or rust. This umbrella is a magnificent focal point for any situation. This umbrella is also available with a ground base (installed permanently into concrete).

FiberBuilt Umbrellas
These Fiber-built Cantilever umbrellas can shade the chaise lounges, seating area and later in the day can be tilted to provide shade in the pool itself!

Bambrella Hurricane Side Wind (Offset) Aluminum Patio Umbrella

Bambrella’s Hurricane Side Wind Collection is an offset rust proof aluminum umbrella and is designed that can be used as shown above to shade the lounges by the pool and then be rotated and tilted to provide shade over the pool when the sun is coming from behind the lounges. 

The Hurricane Side Wind cantilever umbrella is engineered to rotate 360° about the base. With it’s high design, this offset umbrella is crafted so that one can easily tilt the canopy up to a 45° angle.

887 897 galtech umbrella
A beautiful landscaped swimming pool with waterfall at an estate home overlooking a lake in Florida.

Galtech 887 11′ Round Cantilever Umbrella with Roller Base has a popular Antique Bronze finish or black finish on the aluminum pole. It is designed to complement many styles of outdoor furnishings. The Easy Open Lift system allows you to open and extend the cantilever arm in one simple motion.

A 75-pound resin fill-able base (base fits up to 100 lbs. of sand or gravel for a total weight of 175 lbs.) securely weighs this umbrella down.

This umbrella is shipped with a 75 Lb. 360 degree base system shell that when filled with sand (sold separately) weighs 175 lbs.

899 13' Galtech Cantilever
899 13′ Galtech Cantilever

The Galtech 899 13′ Cantilever umbrella is perfect for any residential setting. Available in black or bronze aluminum pole finish and includes long lasting Sunbrella® fade warranty for 5+ years. Available in 46 Sunbrella fabric colors options!

Free Standing (with appropriate base) Pool Umbrellas

Galtech 789 umbrella
Galtech 789 umbrella

Galtech 789 11′ Round Deluxe Auto Tilt Umbrella offers ample shade and features tilting up to 30° angles and it is ideal for residential backyards or patios. Also the 789 Market Umbrella is available in 2 pole finishes and the canopy comes in a wide variety of colorful fabrics. Equipped with the most advanced features found on tilt umbrellas, it boasts an auto lock mechanism, which allows smooth tilting operation.

Hurricane Square Center Pole Aluminum Umbrella
Hurricane Square Center Pole Aluminum Umbrella

The Bambrella Hurricane Square Aluminum Umbrella is a premium patio umbrella made from rust-proof aluminum. Their registered patio umbrella design of interlocking profile system makes these patio umbrellas one of the strongest available, designed for commercial and high-end residential markets. The Bambrella Hurricane patio umbrellas will withstand harsh environments around the world. All the parts are designed so they are easily interchangeable.

Bridgewater Fiberglass umbrella from Fiberbuilt
Bridgewater Fiberglass umbrella from Fiberbuilt

The sturdy one-piece pole of the Bridgewater FiberTeak model is 1.5″ diameter with a .125″ wall thickness aluminum core and their FiberTeak™ simulated wood finish. Perfect for both in-table and freestanding use. Designed for use in hospitality settings such as restaurants, hotel pools, resort patios, country club outdoor dining, and ocean front properties, these contract grade umbrellas provide years of durable service as well as a wide array of fabric and finish choices to compliment the décor of any outdoor space.

If you have any questions about choosing the right umbrella for your pool, the shade experts at Umbrella Specialists are just a phone call away – call us at 954-3763766 (yes we like phone calls!) and we can help you through every step of the process from choosing the right size, shape and material as well as pole and fabric color options! 

At Umbrella Specialists – SHADE IS OUR BUSINESS!