Pool Umbrellas

There are just some things that go together like summer and watermelon or sitting poolside with your favorite drink in your hand. Well, if you ask me, the longer you can be by the pool the better. Now, you don't necessarily have to be sitting in the sun the whole time, you could just be enjoying a good book in the shade. Getting the shade you need is as easy as finding your pool umbrellas handle and turning it open.

Getting the right pool umbrella is as simple as deciding what type you need and then choosing your favorite color or style. As you'll learn here, there are many different styles, some are very simple and others are a bit more elaborate. Of course, you can expect the cost to match some of the additional features of these different outdoor umbrellas.

An offset umbrella used by the pool can be a great choice for space.  Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdair/3503562422/
An offset umbrella used by the pool can be a great choice for space. Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdair/3503562422/
Who said function was the only prerequisite for a pool umbrella?  Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparkershop/3632749370/
Who said function was the only prerequisite for a pool umbrella? Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparkershop/3632749370/
Great shot including these pool umbrellas.  Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/1365818884/
Great shot including these pool umbrellas. Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/1365818884/
Okay, not a pool umbrella but it could be! Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/1358737169/in/set-72157605181059909/
Okay, not a pool umbrella but it could be! Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/1358737169/in/set-72157605181059909/

How Many Styles Of Pool Umbrellas Are There

Well, an exact number is not needed here, but you can tell from the following how there is quite a selection to browse before you decide on what to go for to create your new favorite summer hangout spot. The styles are more in relation to how they function and the way that they look. For example, there are certain aspects that are common in all types of patio umbrellas like these. The similarities are that they all have some type of post to hold the canopy of the umbrella itself, the canopy is made of a particular type of fabric, and the canopy can be simple or more creatively assembled.

Let's discuss a few of these styles and look at some pictures that help to illustrate the points. One of the most common types of outdoor umbrellas in the market umbrella. This style of umbrella refers to the kind that has the post that usually sits in some type of umbrella stand that is sitting on the ground. The canopy of these market umbrellas can be made of a variety of fabrics, but is often a canvas material. The ones that are made to be used outdoors for prolonged periods like at cafes and other outdoor patios are usually made of a sturdy fabric that can withstand the elements better.

For the most part, the pool umbrella will usually look much like a form of these market umbrella styles. The difference is when you might choose a style like the cantilever style or offset umbrella. These, like their names suggest, are umbrellas that don't just sit atop a straight wood or metal pole. The offset umbrella has a base and an arm of some sort of swing mechanism that allows them to be positioned wherever you'd like them to provide your shade. Plus, these styles can be great as a pool umbrella because they can allow you to have more unrestricted movement and objects beneath it. For example, you can have a side table to hold your drinks or book, plus still have room for another lounger next to you. When the sun moves to be in a place where your shade is no longer covering your body, you can simply readjust the angle of the arm or cantilever and not worry about moving all your stuff around.

Now, let's talk a minute about those styles of canopy we mentioned earlier. These are where you can get the most style bang for your buck. Because there are really limited types of ways to provide a canopy, the way that the uniqueness comes is how the pool umbrellas are dressed up. This could be accomplished with bright and summery colors or patterns. The other way to achieve this is by getting a unique patio umbrella like the frilly one you see in the photo. These are a newer addition to the pool umbrella family. They are great because they look great and make your time outdoors feel even more like a vacation.

Pool Umbrella Prices

As mentioned, the simple styles of pool umbrellas like the market style of umbrella is usually on the less pricey side.  These market styles vary in price depending upon canopy size.  The standard sizes of patio umbrella canopies range from 6' to 11'.  The smaller sized canopies can be found in the $50-100 USD range.  The larger sized umbrellas can run about $250-400 USD and up.  When we are talking about the cantilever and offset styles, the range goes from about $350-750 USD range and up.  With pool umbrellas, you should consider how often you will use it and how.  You might find that you require a more simple style for your needs and can get by with the more affordable smaller market style.

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