img_0462_1_1 As we’re all gearing up for the warmer weather (and some folks are lucky enough to already be enjoying it), it’s time to start thinking about setting up the patio. One important thing to consider is how you will shade areas of your yard that do not have trees or other fixtures to keep the hot sun from beating down. The right patio umbrella can provide the perfect solution, adding practicality and design to any outdoor area. But before you buy, here are a few important things to consider so you make the right choice.

Assess Your Needs – First things first, you need to figure out where you’ll most likely use a patio umbrella (or several). Take a good look at your landscape and pinpoint areas that you will be using which could benefit from the shade of a quality patio umbrella. This will also help you determine the size and type of umbrella you’ll need.

Weigh Your Options – Believe it or not, patio umbrellas come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, styles and materials, each one providing its own unique benefits. Once you’ve figured out where you’ll be placing your umbrella, it’s time to consider the many options available to you. For instance, do you want an umbrella that fits into your patio table or would you prefer a stand-alone one? What about material? Do you prefer fiberglass or aluminum? Wood pulley or crank? The possibilities are many, so take as much time as necessary to choose the right patio umbrella for your needs.

Get in Touch with Your Inner-Designer – In addition to the many sizes and materials patio umbrellas come in, they also feature a broad spectrum of design styles, from the color of the fabric to different patterns. What does your patio look like now? Would a splash of bright, vibrant color add some personality? Or, would neutral tones be better for pulling everything together? Don’t be afraid to get creative and step outside your comfort zone when choosing the style of umbrella you like.

Choose Your Vendor – Once you have a clear idea of what patio umbrella you’re looking for, the final step is choosing where to make your purchase. It’s important to note that while many local retailers sell umbrellas, their quality is often lacking. A lower price tag may seem appealing, but you may find yourself having to invest in a new product year after year.

For optimum results, purchase your patio umbrella from a reputable online resource that offers high-quality products that are built to last.

Still have questions? We can help! Give us a call at 800-504-6478 and we’ll help you choose the perfect patio umbrella for your budget and your needs.

And, as always…stay cool, my friends!