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Abba Patio 11 Foot Offset Cantilever Umbrella Outdoor Patio Hanging Umbrella
The Abba Patio 11′ Offset Cantilever Umbrella is the largest umbrella on our list, and also the most expensive. It is also an awesome umbrella. It comes in two color variations: tan and red, which is not ideal, but is fine for most needs. It also includes an umbrella cover, so there no need to purchase an additional protective cover with this one. This 11 ft offset umbrella is ideal for large tables and patio sets. When open, it can be a very striking piece.
Best Shade Sails (Triangular)
After many hours of research, examining all of the qualities of the best shade sails available, we have determined that the triangular Windscreen4Less line of sails are the best sail shades on the market. These lofty fabric patio covers are made of 180GSM knitted high-density polyethylene fabric, with durable steel D-rings on each corner and included nylon cords for easy suspension.
Classic Accessories 73152 Veranda Patio Offset Umbrella and Frame Cover
The Classic Accessories Veranda Patio Offset Umbrella and Base Cover is a step down from the Ravenna line, and is a little cheaper with a shorter warranty. For those who don’t have super expensive umbrellas, this is a great option for protecting your investment. This patio umbrella cover with zipper comes in two sizes, the smaller one being 92″ x 25″ x 7.5″, and the larger one being 101″ x 34″ x 27″. The larger one is more expensive, and we encourage you to measure your umbrella and .......
Covering a Cantilever Umbrella
It can be heartbreaking to discover, after spending a significant amount of money on a piece of outdoor patio furniture or a beautiful patio umbrella, that it doesn’t handle being out in the weather as well as you had assumed. Repairing or replacing damaged outdoor goods can be extremely costly! However, with a little bit of forethought and care, those lovely outdoor furnishings can be protected and made to last significantly longer than if they were not covered.
Weighing Down a Cantilever Umbrella
Cantilever umbrellas are wonderful sculptures, with metal frames gracefully supporting beautiful canvas. However, if they’re not weighted down properly, they tend to fall over. That ruins the coolness of a cantilever umbrella, and can turn your backyard party into an embarrassing disaster! For that reason, you will typically need a cantilever umbrella weight base.
Best Cantilever Umbrella Weighted Base
Our budget choice is the Gravipod 14″ x 14″ square umbrella weight bag [Amazon Link]. This weighted umbrella base is a good option if your offset umbrella isn’t huge, or is in an area that is sheltered from the wind. The Premier Tents Gravipod square umbrella weight bag can hold about 65lb of weight. For larger umbrellas (roughly 8′ and larger), this isn’t likely going to cut it. If you need more weight, you could consider getting two of these and stacking them for cumulative effect.
Patio or Market Umbrellas
Patio umbrellas, also known as market umbrellas, are one of the best shading tools available. They are simple, attractive, and when used in multiples with varying colors (or a unifying theme) can be stunning. They are generally inexpensive and can offer shade in the heat, and protection from the rain on mildly wet days.
Patio Umbrellas and Market Umbrellas seem similar. So what’s the difference?
In modern practice, there is no difference anymore! The terms have merged over time. Because umbrella design is standardized, and most umbrellas are sold separately from weight base systems, the term market umbrella and the term patio umbrella have merged into the same meaning. If you see a beautiful photo of a market umbrella on a traditional patio, or a patio umbrella at a farmer’s market, you can see that the terms have simply blended and become intermingled.
What is a Patio Umbrella?
The term patio umbrella, on the other hand, is a term typically reserved for those umbrellas designed to fit through a hole in a table, and shelter the occupants sitting underneath the umbrella from the sun. These umbrellas are used in backyard patios, in commercial spaces to cover outdoor tables, and other environments where eating and lounging are more likely to occur, rather than commerce.
Sundale Outdoor 9 Ft Sunbrella Patio Umbrella
The Sundale Outdoor 9 Ft Sunbrella, Fabric Patio Garden Outdoor Market Umbrella, Push Button Tilt and Crank (Shown Here in Macaw Green) is quite a mouthful, but it is a nice patio umbrella. Sundale supplies this in three Sunbrella fabrics, Macaw Green, Terracotta, and Camel.
Ulax Furniture 9 Ft Sunbrella Market Patio Umbrella
The Ulax Furniture 9′ Outdoor Patio/Market Umbrella is a good quality patio umbrella with all the common features buyer’s need. There are only two Sunbrella fabric colors available at the moment, the Heather Beige, and Slate Blue shown here, which is a bit of a disappointment. However, both colors look great, but if you happen to like the color, this is a pretty good choice for an umbrella with Sunbrella fabric.
Budget Choice: Best Fiberglass Rib Patio Umbrella
The California Umbrella 7’6″ patio umbrella line, with valence, is a nice umbrella line with a relatively small diameter for those who don’t need a lot of shade. Featuring 6 fiberglass ribs, an aluminum pole in an interesting champagne finish, and tilt and crank functionality, this is a great line of umbrellas. With several color options available, if the 7’6″ patio umbrella canopy size fits your needs, this is an outstanding wind resistant umbrella for small spaces.
What are the Best Vines for Pergolas?
Can’t you plant grapes and other vines on a pergola? Yes! Plants like wisteria grow beautifully along pergolas, and grape vines work wonderfully in conjunction with these structures. You need to train the vines, but once set up, the vines creep up and over the roof. They provide stunning beauty, shelter from the sun, and a perfect Mediterranean vibe no matter where you are. Most pergolas will be able to support vine growth, but you should be sure to check that your particular pergola .......
What is a Pergola?
Pergolas are most easily classified by their open-roofed designs and simple post and beam structures. Posts hold up roof rafters running one direction, with cris-crossing slats running the opposite direction. What is a Pergola good for? Pergolas are great for caps along walkways, or for providing shelter around seating and eating areas. The open-roof design makes outdoor cooking easy and safe and provides a dynamic view through the top of the pergola.
Vinyl Pergola Kits
The New England Arbors Venetian Pergola Kit is very similar to the Malibu Pergola Kit mentioned above but does not include the shade canopy. Should you desire to run some vines, roses, grapes, etc. along the pergola, you may not want a shade kit. In this case, the Venetian is a great option. The footprint is similar, at 10′ x 10′, and is enough to accommodate most patio sets, hot tubs, and outdoor furniture sets. Assembly is fairly simple, and the materials are completely maintenance and .....
Budget Pick: PVC Pergola Kits
The Belham Living Harbor Bay Pergola Kit is a fantastic pergola kit at a bargain price. The size is small, at 7’6″ x 7’6″, but if that size works for your patio or garden space, this kit is a great deal, with several winning features. The Harbor Bay vinyl pergola kit is made of high quality, durable materials, and assembly is straightforward. After a good afternoon for two people, you will have twenty years or more to appreciate the design and beauty of this pergola.
Belham Steel Pergola Gazebo with Retractable Canopy Shades
The Belham Steel Pergola is another interesting choice among steel pergola kits. It features a 12′ x 10′ footprint, and a clever retracting canopy design. This pergola is made of steel and is of good quality, however, the manufacturer says it cannot be permanently attached to a patio or deck. Large enough to fit a sizable outdoor dining table and chairs, or a full patio sofa set, the size is the big selling point of the Belham Steel Pergola.
Coolaroo Constantine Pergola 9ft x 9ft
The Coolaroo Constantine line of Aluminum Pergola Kits is an excellent modern metal pergola line. These pergolas span 9′ x 9′ in area, and come with a retractable canvas cover. The cover is available in three color options (shown here in Smoke). This aluminum pergola kit, painted in a lovely in a mocha brown tone, is a great choice for those looking for a modern shade structure that is both powerful and graceful.