Sunbrella umbrellas are the only type of outdoor patio or pool umbrella that we buy and use. Here is why ...
The benefits of paying more for this umbrella fabric include:
purchasing cheaper pool umbrellas that have faded in one season, we
made the switch to Sunbrella fabric only. Our tan Sunbrella umbrella we
have had for 10 years, our green one for 4 years and our blue one for 3
years. None of them show any signs of fading. They have all maintained their color and are as vibrant
as when we first purchased them.
"Sunbrella performance fabrics are made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic. Our fibers are saturated with color and UV-stabilized pigments before they’re spun into yarn–meaning the pigment goes all the way through the fibers and the color stays true over time" explains Sunbrella website. Sunbrella compares their fabric technology to a carrot - where the color goes all the way through.
Living in the hot and humid southeast, mold loves to grow on any fabric that's left outside. Especially if it's a wet summer. Our pool umbrellas have remained mold free even though we leave them out for more than 6 months out of the year.
Our tan large patio umbrella has been tested many times when deep pink blossoms fell on the fabric every summer from our Crepe Myrtle tree. We simply hose off the blossoms after all the flowers fall and to our surprise not one of them has stained the umbrella.
Water Repellent Thick Durable Fabric
You can tell from this picture the thickness and tight weave of the fabric. So much more durable than the cheaper lightweight polyester fabric.
We can even enjoy some time out by the pool under this umbrella when there is a light rain and we don't get wet. The thick water repellent fabric also protects our chair cushions from getting wet or fading during a light rain.
Vibrant and Rich Color Selection
Our daughter loves red outdoor umbrellas - after seeing how quickly the non-Sunbrella patio umbrellas faded, she became a Sunbrella fan. Here is a picture of her red Sunbrella umbrella that she has had for over 4 years.
The thicker weave keeps your outdoor dining area or conversation set shaded and protected from UV light.
Comes in a variety of sizes and shapes
We have a small 7' umbrella, a large round patio umbrella at 11', a rectangular umbrella and a cantilever umbrella - all made with Sunbrella fabric.
This rectangle patio umbrella shades our outdoor kitchen area keeping not only the guests comfortable but also the granite from getting too hot.
This is our favorite place to hang out by the pool with friends thanks to the shade it provides.
Our latest Sunbrella umbrella purchase is a versatile cantilever umbrella made by Purple Leaf. This heavy duty sturdy umbrella rotates 360 degrees so we can shade 3 areas with one umbrella.
By simply rotating the umbrella, we can shade our outdoor dining area, the pool steps or the outdoor conversation set.
We opted for the 11' round although it does come in several different sizes. Because it was a large purchase we didn't want one that would fade in one season so we spent the extra money for the Sunbrella fabric option. It also features all-aluminum umbrella frame and 8 heavy-duty ribs. Enjoying a meal at the patio table without a pole in the middle has been a nice change.
There are so many different options for adjusting the umbrella to keep you shaded no matter where the sun is.
Protect you Sunbrella umbrella investment by using a patio umbrella cover. We use ours during the fall and winter months.
Of course the outdoor umbrella cover needs to be sized appropriately and match the size of your pool umbrella.Patio Umbrella Covers
While you do pay more for Sunbrella umbrellas, you will not have to replace them for years and will find that they continue to look like new year after year.