When you’re searching for a new patio umbrella for your outdoor space, it’s not just about providing shade. The best patio umbrellas also add beauty to your outdoor space.
Sure, the summer season is short for Seattle patio goers — especially with the drizzly spring and early summer this year. But on the days we do get some of those beautiful rays, you’ll appreciate an umbrella to provide some relief from the heat. As you consider which patio umbrella is right for you, there are several key factors to consider.
Do You Need a Patio Umbrella in the Pacific Northwest?
You might be wondering if you really need a patio umbrella when you live in the Seattle area? To answer this question, you need to first consider these two questions:
Do I have a patio?
Do I like to spend time on my patio when it’s sunny?
If you answered yes to both of the above questions, then you need a patio umbrella. Not only will a patio umbrella provide protection from the sun, but it can make it more enjoyable to spend extended periods of time outside. Because the last thing you want is to miss out on some of the sunny goodness because you’re too hot or your skin is burning.
Top 5 Patio Umbrellas
Like with most things, you get what you pay for with patio umbrellas. That’s why our team carefully curates a selection of patio umbrellas that are as functional as they are beautiful. The following are our top five favorites.
A medium-sized market umbrella, the Treasure Garden 7.5-foot Octagonal Market Umbrella is ideal for popping open quickly and/or setting in a bistro table. It features a tilting mechanism that allows you to adjust the shade’s placement as the sun moves. Plus, the all-aluminum pole is powder-coated to protect it against the elements.
Pros: Simple design. Easy to use features. Sturdy and durable frame.
Featuring an elegant Asian-inspired design, the Treasure Garden 10-foot Shanghai Umbrella brings a fun mix of function and flair. It offers a 10-foot canopy that creates up to 70 square feet of share. Plus, it features 24-fiberglass ribs that echo the umbrella’s namesake - Shanghai.
Pros: Elegant design. Ultra-sturdy frame.
For centuries shipbuilders have been using teak to construct durable vessels and furniture that can withstand a pounding from Mother Nature. And as outdoor patio furniture has become increasingly more popular, this same knowledge has served patio furniture designers well. Plus, teak delivers an elegant and timeless look that complements nearly all aesthetic preferences.
That’s why this generously proportioned Kingsley Bate 10-foot Teak Market Umbrella is such a popular choice. It delivers a wonderful mix of beauty and function. It’s opened and closed using a pully system and it’s outfitted with a Sunbrella® fabric canopy for superior fade resistance.
Pros: Elegant design. East-to-open.
This modern umbrella doubles as a light source at night. Its interior ribs are outfitted with LED lights that are powered by a battery pack. (The batter pack is a USB charing port for mobile devices too!).
Pro: Simple to use. Provides additional light.
Treasure Garden’s 10-foot by 13-foot Rectangle Cantilever Umbrella is one of the biggest umbrellas on the market, offering the ultimate in shade coverage. The unique base allows the shade to rotate 360 degrees, so that you can easily move the shade from one section of your patio to another at a moment’s notice. This is ideal for those patios where the outdoor dining is located near the outdoor living space.
Pro: Large coverage with 360-degree rotation.
2 Tips to Maintain Your Outdoor Patio
1. Use a Sturdy Base
Patio umbrellas are a lot like a sail. In order for them to stay put and not be swept away by a breeze, they need a sturdy base. Without one, your patio umbrella is likely to fall over and potentially become damaged.
2. Shut Your Patio Umbrella When It’s Not In Use
If you’re not outside taking advantage of your patio umbrella’s shade, go ahead and shut it. Not only is it better on the ribs and locking mechanism to give them a rest, it make it less likely Mother Nature could send your umbrella flying in unpredictable weather.