iPatioUmbrella.com Blog

We've got stories to tell. Stories about our products, our customers, and stories about casual living. Some are funny and informative. Some are exciting and thought provoking. Some might send you to other places on the net entirely. All we can do is hope you enjoy them, and learn a bit more about us.
  • Fiberglass - The Standard of Wind Resistant Patio Umbrellas

    Fiberglass - The Standard of Wind Resistant Patio Umbrellas

    Since the ribs of a fiberglass built umbrella flex and turn and bend, wind hitting the umbrella will push and pull the canopy in different directions, but won't hurt the rib.  The wind flows over and through the umbrella without hurting it.  And if the umbrella actually happens to fall, the umbrella ribs will just flex as it hits the ground.  No breaking, no snapping, just bending.  The fiberglass ribs snap back to their original straight position, stretching the canopy out to where it should be, shading YOU!

  • Bistro Umbrellas - Patio Life on the Small

    Bistro Umbrellas - Patio Life on the Small

    Traditionally, bistro's are known for the small tables created for the purpose of providing a place in a confined area, or small location, also known as, you guessed it, bistro tables. These smaller tables where sometimes made of actual wine boxes, or where hand crafted for just the purpose of creating enough seating space to handle the usual patrons; poets and scholars and artists who where big on ideas, but kinda low in the cash department.

  • Large Patio Umbrellas - Big Look

    Large Patio Umbrellas - Big Look

    Some people just LIKE bigger umbrellas.  Why not?  For a little extra, you can have a great big canopy that has more shade and a bigger decorative impact on your outdoor room.   Most large patio umbrellas carry the some of the same feature as standard sized umbrellas, and the ones that don't offer something very special that you might want to consider.

  • From the finial to the base. All the parts of a patio umbrella

    From the finial to the base.  All the parts of a patio umbrella

    A great investment like a patio umbrella isn't a topic of regular conversation. I mean, when I talk to my friends about a new piece of furniture, like my new sofa, they ask about the leather, and the feet, and how wide it is, and the construction. When I talk to my friends about a patio umbrella, they never ask about the finial or the canopy fabric.

  • Noble History of the Patio Umbrella

    Noble History of the Patio Umbrella

    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.

     

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