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Outdoor Patio and Pool Umbrella Guide to Sizes, Fabrics and Frames
March 19, 2020
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Outdoor Patio and Pool Umbrella Guide to Sizes, Fabrics and Frames

Here Comes the Sun .... and isn't it's warmth and brightness a welcome sight after this cold winter? But soon that same sun will give us some hot days and cool shade will be important to keep us comfortable outside. So if you are in need of replacing or adding an outdoor patio umbrella, now is the time to start shopping around.



One of the most important features to consider is - how will the patio umbrella open? At least it was for me. At 5 feet tall, some of the opening mechanisms are not practical for me.

There are three different lift mechanisms:

1. A pulley system,

2. A crank mechanism, or

3. A manual lift

The larger the umbrella the heavier or the harder it is to open with a manual lift or a pulley system. We have a 9' and an 11' patio umbrella - both with a crank for easy opening.

Many of the crank open umbrellas also have a tilt feature. This means by simply using the crank mechanism the umbrella will tilt to help block the sun and to provide shade no matter where the sun is.

Find out more about frames, fabric and how to choose the right size umbrella ...


Your Guide to Choosing a Patio and Pool Umbrella

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