Patio Umbrella Buying Guides

Welcome to the Patio Umbrella Buying Guide. We have put together these helpful tips and guides in order to help you make the best informed decisions about the right patio umbrella for you.
  • Patio Umbrella Prices

    One of the most difficult things about buying the right outdoor patio umbrella is determining the price that you are willing to invest.  There are a lot of patio umbrella prices to look at. Most online shoppers today know the difference between a cheap umbrella and a premium umbrella, but quality compared to price is often difficult to gauge.  An online search of quality patio umbrellas will lead to a plethora of choices.  But how do you know that the 199 dollar umbrella you’re looking at is going to last, or if it’s going to fade and fail after a month’s use?

  • Cleaning your Sunbrella Patio Umbrella

    It's important to keep your Sunbrella fabrics clean and dirt free.  Sunbrella umbrellas are highly mildew resistant, however, dirt and mud are not.  Most times, when you see mildew on an umbrella made with Sunbrella fabrics, it's because dirt and mud where allowed to get on the umbrella canopy, embedding into the fabric.   As mud and dirt get wet and are exposed to the air, mildew grows on the particles.  The fabric resists the mildew, but it still grows on the foreign particles.

  • Umbrella Wind Vents: Why are they important?

    With all of the wind vent choices available at, how are you going to choose the right one for your patio umbrella?  To give you a better understanding of the different features of our wind vents, it’s important to know what a Wind Vent does.

  • How to pick the right tilt patio umbrella.

    The one downside to outdoor lounging is this; that pesky sun doesn’t stay in one place. It’s always the same; you find a nice shady spot under your favorite patio umbrella, and what happens? A few minutes later that pesky hot, bright sun comes peaking under the umbrella canopy right into your face and eyes. There goes your perfect little shady spot! However, one of the coolest things that a quality patio umbrella can do is... drum roll please… TILT. You reach up, tilt your umbrella, and viola, your perfect little shady spot is back. But HOW your umbrella tilts can be the determining factor in how much you enjoy your patio and your favorite shady spot.  The tilting patio umbrella to the rescue!

  • Umbrella Bases. The "Whatever" Trap.

    There are a few things to consider when purchasing an umbrella base so as not to fall into the WHATEVER TRAP.   What's the WHATEVER TRAP, you might ask?  Well, it's something most consumer's go through when making a purchase without being fully informed about the product or product choices available.  I've been through it myself.  Faced with a multitude of choices, like colors, or styles, or options, you either don't buy anything, or worse, buy the first thing you see, i.e., the WHATEVER TRAP.

  • Tips On How To Choose The Right Patio Umbrella

    Outdoor patio umbrellas happen to be a fantastic way to help you enjoy your outdoor room, and is an investment that will definitely add to your home's value. With the right outdoor fabric, like Sunbrella acrylics or Pacifica fabrics, a patio umbrella can protect you from damaging UV rays which can cause skin cancer while giving you and your family a great place to relax or entertain.

  • The Benefits of a Wind Resistant Patio Umbrellas

    A wind resistant patio umbrella.  What does that really mean?  Some of our customers often ask that question, wondering how something like a patio umbrella can resist the pushing and pulling of natures breath.

  • Storing your outdoor umbrella

    It's winter time and you should be either storing or covering your patio umbrella.  Not exactly sure how or the best way to store your umbrella?  Not to worry, we've put together a neat little list of some of the best ways to store your patio centerpiece.

  • Aluminum Patio Umbrella or Wood Market Umbrella?

    The differences between aluminum patio umbrellas and wood market umbrellas are as diverse as the differences between the actual materials of aluminum and wood.  So let's go over those briefly to get a better understanding of each.

  • The Best Patio Umbrella

    The Best Patio Umbrella

    If you’re not sure what type of patio umbrella fits your needs, these tips can help. Always remember, you’re the best judge of what outdoor umbrella you want, but we’ve put together some basic guidelines so that you feel confident in your purchase of the best patio umbrella for you.

  • What's a Sunbrella Umbrella?

    I got this call the other day, asking what a sunbrella umbrella is. At first, I was intrigued by the question. Most people call to find the benefits of a fiberglass rib patio umbrella, or want to know the difference between collar tilt and auto tilt patio umbrellas, but working with misnomer, well, that's something different.

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