umbrellas are nice accessories for your home, but they often are largely
underappreciated. Like so many other things, these items are often
not appreciated until you don’t have them anymore.
Even if you have had one of these for your home for years, you still
may not know all there is to know about them and, in this case, what
you don’t know could hurt you – physically and financially.
So, in order to help you become better informed, included in the next
few paragraphs are the top 10 facts about these kinds of umbrellas.
Some of these you may know, others you may not. The important thing
is that you have a well-rounded knowledge of these in order to help
you use them in the best way.
1. UV rays are bad. This you probably already know, but did you know
that these rays can seep through patio umbrellas and still attack
your skin. You will want to look for umbrellas that are ultraviolet
resistant. If you can’t find this, you still can protect yourself
by wearing sun block, even if it feels as if the sun isn’t burning
you. It’s better safe than sorry.
2. Size matters. You can get all kinds of different sizes of these
umbrellas, but if you want for the guests at your home to be comfortable
then you need to get the right size. A barbecue on a warm summer day
is sure to end early if your guests are being exposed to the elements
because the covering isn’t large enough to protect them.
3. Open and shut. These larger types of coverings can often open and
close, but sometimes they do not. It would be wise to not assume that
they will open and close on demand. Make sure that it has a closing
function that work easily if you anticipate using that feature often.
4. Specialties are their specialty. There are some drab kinds of patio
umbrellas out there that are boring in color and design, but that
doesn’t mean that yours has to be like that. You may specially
order these and get some that include your favorite logo or photo.
It can even be something that you have designed yourself. The possibilities
5. Black is not back. The absolute worst color for an umbrella that
you can get if you plan on using it on warm days is black. You might
as well prepare yourself to be miserable. Because black attracts heat,
it could easily turn into a sauna underneath the item.
6. Rain, rain, go away. You would not want to buy the same type of
patio umbrellas for rainy climates as you would buy for sunny climates.
The sunny climate umbrellas may have small openings in the top or
be made of a lighter material. The last thing that you want if you
are trying to protect yourself from the rain is an umbrella that is
not going to keep the rain off of you.
7. The price is right. The truth of the matter is that you can usually
tell the quality of the item by its price tag. The nicer ones often
cost more money. However, this is not always the case. Therefore don’t
go on price alone or you could be disappointed in what you get.
8. Take them down. If you live in a place that is prone to stormy
weather, taking the umbrellas down may be a practice that you know
all to well. While you don’t have to absolutely do this, it
is usually a good idea. A strong wind storm could tear up the umbrellas
you own and cause you to have to buy more.
9. Change is good. Even if you have a small patio, you could buy more
than one covering to use for it. For example, you could buy one that
is made for sunny weather, while you have another that is designed
for rain. Typically, it isn’t too hard to switch these out one
10. Fun is the operative term. Whatever you choose, you should not
make shopping for patio umbrellas a chore. There are so many other
important things to worry about, that it would be a shame to worry
a lot about something as trivial as an umbrella. Just get what you
like and is fun.