With our Florida sun, pergolas, gazebos, pavilions, and other outdoor shade structures have become an indispensable landscaping feature of our backyards.
But if you don’t want a permanent structure or have the budget for one, a great alternative for providing shade is a patio umbrella. This is also the perfect equipment for homeowners who don’t have a large yard. Aside from taking up little space, it is also portable and can be easily stored.
If you’re planning on getting one, you should know there are different types of patio umbrellas. The right umbrella should provide enough shade, protect you from sunburn, and block the rays from flashing your eyes. Aesthetic is also important since it has to appeal to you and match your yard’s overall look.
Fortunately, there are many designs to choose from. Let’s look at the different types and the best models for each one.
Table Patio Umbrellas
The traditional table patio umbrella is one of the most common types used by homeowners and restaurants. It looks like an oversized normal umbrella, but it is designed to stand in the center of a patio table. The pole can be made out of aluminum or wood and will fit right into the hole in the middle. Most models come with a base to steady the umbrella and lessen any stress on the table. You will also have a ton of options for the design - choose a color and style that will match your outdoor area’s theme.
Offset Patio Umbrellas
An offset or cantilever patio umbrella is a free-standing structure that has a support base, which allows the canopy to hang. Unlike the traditional or table patio umbrella, this type is placed on the side and not at the center of the table. The pole has an extended arm to allow people under the canopy without getting obstructed by the pole. This is a great option for those who don’t have a patio table with a hole in the middle or prefer a different style for their yard. But it has a large support base and a sturdy pole to support the big canopy, which means it is heavier and not portable.
Tilting Patio Umbrellas
A tilting patio umbrella is similar to a traditional table patio umbrella, but it has a pivoting or tilting feature. This type has an additional joint at the top part of the pole, which allows the umbrella to rotate and be placed at an angle. It’s more flexible and adaptable as it can be used at any time of the day to block the sun. Whether the rays are shining from the top, left, or right, pivot the angle to keep your skin safe from harm. With this umbrella, you won’t need to move your chair to hide from the sun anymore.
Solar LED Patio Umbrellas
Solar LED patio umbrellas are free-standing or can be placed at the center of a patio table. Similar to tilting umbrellas, it also comes with a pivot. It’s different from the other types because it comes with LED lights. This has become popular recently because it is a double-purpose furniture. If you prefer hanging or relaxing outdoors until the sun goes down, this is a great option for you. Some models even have changing color LED lights which would help with the party atmosphere.
Double-sided Patio Umbrella
If you have a large outdoor area and need a huge canopy to cover it, you can get a double-sided patio umbrella. The other types tend to have a 9- to 10-foot umbrella diameter, but this one has 15 feet or more. It looks as if two umbrellas are combined into one and they are placed on each side. To support this big canopy, double-sided patio umbrellas have more steel ribs than the other types. You have the option to place it at the center of a patio table or make it freestanding, but you will need weights.