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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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