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Advantages to Using a Cantilever or Offset Patio Umbrella

Updated on March 31, 2010

A cantilever patio umbrella is another term used to describe an offset patio umbrella.  Both terms define an umbrella that contains a lever that can easily be adjusted to change the direction of the umbrella’s coverage, no matter where the sun may be located in the sky.  Both umbrellas are supported from the side or top instead of a pole running down the middle.  For instance, an offset or cantilever umbrella can easily provide coverage for a pool deck bar or hot tub because it can be installed adjacent to the area and still provide ample shade over the entire area.  Another example is a picnic table, unless the table has a hole in the center for an umbrella, a standard umbrella can only be used to cover one side of the table or the other.  A cantilever umbrella can be situated near the table and easily be adjusted according to the position of the sun so that it provides maximum shade for the entire surface.

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Offset and Cantilever Patio Umbrellas Provide Multiple Functions

The primary function of an outdoor umbrella is to protect the area below from the sun’s hot harmful rays.  Offset umbrellas can also be positioned to block wind from a seating area or table.  Using the umbrella in this manner is especially helpful when the sun is down but the winds are too high for anyone to relax outdoors.  Umbrellas are usually purchased for the main function but more and more homeowners and designers are also seeing these beautiful umbrellas as an opportunity to add décor or design into an outdoor space.  Cantilever or offset umbrellas come in many sizes, shapes, styles, materials, and colors to choose from.  You can easily find umbrellas for your patio on the internet.  Compare pricing, sizes, styles, and materials to ensure that you are getting both a durable and elegant umbrella for your investment.

Choosing a Modern Outdoor Patio Umbrella Design

Unique shapes, styles, and designs of outdoor umbrellas are a great way to bring a modern or contemporary décor to any outdoor area.  Unique shapes seem to be the most distinct indicator of a modern umbrella.  For example, rectangular patio umbrella styles are becoming a must have in chic and trendy outdoor bars and restaurants.  Rectangular umbrellas are a definite step away from the normal circular or hexagonal shapes that most umbrellas come in.  The fabric or material used in the manufacturing of an umbrella is another distinct way in which you can bring a modern element into your outdoor decor.  For instance, materials that resemble fur or straw are especially popular because they come in many vivid colors that can easily be incorporated into a modern design scheme.

Important Accessories: Patio Umbrella Lights, Cover and Stands

When shopping for a new offset patio umbrella, never leave the store without the proper patio umbrella stand or base. Some umbrellas come with a stand or base included. The type and style of patio umbrella base needed is going to be determined by the umbrella you have purchased. Some umbrellas can be installed using any type of stand or base while others are specifically made for a certain installation method.

Using a patio umbrella cover is a great way to add more years of use to your outdoor umbrella. Outdoor umbrellas need to be taken down and put away for many reasons especially during periods of inclement weather. It is very important that you have something protective to place over the umbrella right when you take it down. Again, some umbrellas include a cover while others require that you purchase a cover separately.

Even though patio umbrella lights are not considered a necessity, they are however another way to add even more function to your outdoor spaces. A well lit seating or dining area means your family can enjoy more evenings being spent outdoors when the weather is cooperating. Umbrella lights can be simple string lights similar to the ones used at Christmas time or solar lights that do not require electricity to work. Solar lights are a great solution for pool side lighting because you won’t have to worry about running electricity to an area with water.


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      Jaylon Dane 

      5 years ago

      We have a red umbrella which is faded on the top side and still beautiful underneath. Is there a way to bring the Color back? Can we use fabric paint? Thank you.....!!!

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      patio umbrellas 

      7 years ago

      Offset Patio Umbrellas are the new trend in backyard shade. I always love my offset umbrellas

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      8 years ago

      Cantilever or Offset patio umbrellas are really advantageous. It's one of the most demand outdoor umbrellas today.

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      Patio Milton Keynes 

      8 years ago

      I love my patio umbrella. I don't tend to do well in too much sun sadly, but my umbrella lets me enjoy my garden on a sunny day :-) I swear by the tilt lock system too


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