Today's outdoor umbrella has a long history. In every civilization, there has been the need for outdoor shading; from early man on to the courts of the Chinese Nobles. We've put together these interesting tidbits from history to show the hidden nobility of your patio umbrella.
Umbrella comes from the Latin word Umbra, which means shadow. Umbrellas where probably inspired by trees, as man developed agriculture, and hunted for food, sitting under the canopy of a tree helped to cool off and keep comfortable during hot days. Patio umbrella covers are also known as canopies. So the first umbrellas where probably Banana Tree branches.
I've seen this question in Yahoo! Answers that read: How to tilt or adjust the angle of patio umbrella?
And the best answer was: Just press the button and tilt the top to whichever direction you want.
Now, this answer was..mezzo mezzo, IF the umbrella was a push-button tilt. But there are three different kinds of tilt currently available for aluminum patio umbrellas, so it drove me a little crazy when I saw the answer. What if was an auto tilt umbrella? Or what if was a collar tilt umbrella? Very different tilt functions that not everybody knows.
Oh God, it's time to go pick out a patio umbrella.
What do you do now? I mean, there's big ones, little ones, aluminum ones, wood ones, garden ones....which of the ones do I pick. (see that really cool grammar?)
Stop for a moment and take the time to consider the following tips. They'll help, I swear.
You'll often hear the terms patio umbrellas or market umbrellas, and ask yourself what the difference is. There is the industry terms, and then there are the terms that would just make life a little easier for you. So what is a market umbrella, or a patio umbrella for that matter?
Sunbrella, which is our flagship fabric line, and one of the most known outdoor fabrics in the US, has announced a fantastic new program for recycling used Sunbrella fabrics. Here is a quote from the blog.
The new program, “Recycle My Sunbrella,” operates through a new website - www.recyclemysunbrella.com. Anyone interested in submitting Sunbrella fabrics for recycling should visit the site for additional details on the return process.