Three Things To Look For in a Patio Umbrella

Take full advantage of your backyard with an umbrella to give you shade

Umbrella hanging in backyard
There are many different styles of patio umbrella to choose from. Which one is right for you?Unsplash/Florian Schmidinger

No one plans for the backyard BBQ to turn into a survival event. When the sun’s so hot you could fry an egg on the concrete, your guests need shade, and lots of it. Here are three things to look for when choosing a patio umbrella for your backyard.

Abba Patio 9ft Patio Umbrella Outdoor Umbrella Patio Market Table Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank for Garden, Lawn, Deck, Backyard& Pool, Turquoise

Size & Mobility

This model shades enough area to cover up to 6 chairs.Abba Patio

Your patio umbrella should be large enough to comfortably shade the area desired. Because the sun moves, and so do the areas needing shade, consider how large and mobile you need your patio umbrella to be. Some are equipped with a base, making it more mobile than those inserted into tables. Be sure the base is heavy enough to keep the umbrella secure in the breeze.

Sunnyglade 9' Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrella with 8 Sturdy Ribs (Balck and White)

Canopy Materials

This model is made of a waterproof polyester that is easy to clean.Sunnyglade

Look for a patio umbrella made with a durable canopy material that is fade as well as water-resistant. Many umbrellas feature UPF ratings for sun and UV ray protection.

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Additional Features

This model comes with lights and can rotate in a full circle. Weighted base sold separately.Best Choice Products

Many patio umbrellas have features making them easier to use. A crank for raising and lowering the umbrella is handy, especially with larger canopies. Adjustable tilting is a great feature for following the sun as it moves. A wind vent helps manage the breeze as needed.