A patio is an extended part of your house where you can relax, read a book or have a barbeque with friends and relatives. You have beautifully decorated the internal part of your house, you do not want to leave your patio bare and lifeless. So how can you make your patio more appealing and attractive? One way is to add an outdoor patio umbrella.
If you have the idea that it is just an umbrella so it is not going to make much difference to your patio’s décor, you can’t be further from the truth. An outdoor patio umbrella can be very bright and cheerful looking under the sun. Moreover, it also provides you with shelter from the hot sun if you want to read a book or simply to relax outdoor at your patio. In the night, you can coil patio string lights around the umbrella to give it an appealing look besides providing lightings to an otherwise dark environment.
When you are choosing an outdoor patio umbrella, you have to ensure that the quality is good so that it can last you for a few years. By quality, it does not only refer to the canopy’s fabric but the frame and rod of the umbrella too. If you want to get a variety of choices, you should go to a patio shop that specializes in selling patio umbrellas.
While you are making your selection, pay attention to the following points:
What is the canopy of the patio umbrella made of? Generally, the patio umbrella can be made from solution-dyed acrylic fabric, solution-dyed fabric or polyester. Check with the seller on whether the fabric can withstand the test of weather, is it water-repellent, if it is mold and mildew-resistant, as well as whether it is durable, flexible and stain-resistant. Different kinds of fabric will give you different results so what you choose to buy really depends on your personal preference. Some of the better brands include Olefin, Sunbrella, and SolarVista. If you want more information before you go to the patio shop, you can surf the internet for customer’s reviews on the effects of different kinds of outdoor patio umbrella.
The price of an outdoor patio umbrella can range from $40 plus to a few hundred dollars. It is thus advisable that you have a budget in mind before heading out to the patio shop. However, the better quality ones will cost more definitely.
Check with the seller whether you have to use special detergent to clean the outdoor patio umbrella. Generally all you need to use is a mild soap and water to clean the umbrella. Never use very strong detergent as it may cause the color of the fabric to fade and you will end up with a dull and boring looking patio umbrella!
Armed with the above valuable information, you can now head off to your local patio shop to get your outdoor patio umbrella. Make sure you take good care of it after your purchase. Clean it up and store it away when not in use can help to extend the lifespan of your patio umbrella.