A patio umbrella can transform your sitting or dining area from an unbearable oven to a comfortable spot to relax and entertain. Available in a wide variety of colors and styles, make sure you are getting the best umbrella for your money.

Solution-dyed acrylic covers will provide you with fade-resistant options that can be removed and cleaned. Polyester covers, which tend to be less costly, will fade much more quickly.

Steel or Kevlar cording coupled with a well-crafted crank mechanism will make for the most reliable and durable operation and a frame system with at least 6, preferably 8 ribs will give you a stronger construction overall. Regardless of how well built an umbrella may be, nothing protects it against wind-damage, so make sure to put it down when it’s not in use.

The traditional hexagonal table style is still a best seller, but there are other products that are also gaining popularity.  11' and 13’ octagonals are available, as well as square and rectangular versions. Another popular option is offset or cantilevered, which allows you to shade a larger area of your outdoor space, without having to confine the shade maker to a dining table.

Learn more about Umbrellas in our Umbrellas Resource Center.