When shopping for a patio umbrella, you’ll soon discover that there’s more to decide on than just a color that will go nicely with your patio furniture. You’ll have to decide whether you want a market, cantilever, or Shanghai umbrella, along with a suitable base to hold it up.
Not to worry, though, because choosing the right patio umbrella will be much easier when you understand the difference between the different types and narrow in on the one that best meets your needs.
Market umbrellas are generally heavier than standard patio umbrellas and have a wooden center pole and a pulley system for opening and closing the umbrella. They’re heavy-duty, which is why you often see them on the patios of restaurants and cafes.
- It allows you to control what area is shaded.
- It doesn’t obstruct the middle of the table or the view.
The Shanghai Umbrella
A Shanghai umbrella is modeled after traditional Asian parasols with a distinct round shape and lots of ribs. It’s got an aluminum pole, and opens and closes via a crank mechanism. There’s usually a “tilt” feature to better control morning or afternoon sun.
Put some thought and planning behind your purchase as outlined above, and then you’re free to choose the color (or pattern) you like best! You’ll find a fabulous selection and honest pricing at Today’s Patio. Visit one of our beautiful showrooms in Arizona and Southern California, or shop online!