Maybe you are ready to escape the cabin fever or maybe you have just finished upgrading your patio and you are now ready to purchase a patio umbrella. You may be struggling with the decision as to whether you save money and go with a standard large patio market umbrella or whether you splurge for the casual elegance and upgrade to an offset patio umbrella, it is a tough choice to make. I have great news in that your decision may become a lot easier, the price of offset patio umbrellas are no longer out of reach. Due to the increasing popularity of offset umbrellas the price has steadily declined.
Now you can benefit from the added usable real estate underneath an offset umbrella compared to the same size market umbrella. The difference has everything to do with pole placement. In the standard market model the support pole arises from the base and rises to connect with the center of the umbrella. The offset umbrellas are often times referred to as a cantilever umbrella and has a pole that extends up from the base off to the side of the umbrella and then angles out over the area to be shaded making all of the space under the umbrella usable space.
Most of the offset poles are constructed of aluminum providing strong support without the added weight. This comes in handy if you need to maneuver the umbrella around the patio area. Hopefully, you will not need to move the unit around since most come with tilting mechanisms that allow you to change the angle of shade without moving the entire umbrella and stand.
A word of caution with regard to cantilever or offset models is that they are more apt to tip over in high winds than their market umbrella counterparts. This can be compensated by making sure the base of the stand is weighted down. The majority of bases come prefilled with sand or hollow allowing you the opportunity to fill them with sand.
If you are going to spend the additional money on an offset patio umbrella you should really consider upgrading the fabric choice to a Sunbrella fabric. Sunbrella is known throughout the industry as the premier outdoor fabric in umbrellas, awnings, and outdoor furniture cushions. It resists sun bleaching and fading from general use and will extend the life of your patio umbrella. It is definitely worth the additional expense to help protect your investment.
If you have a little money left over you can consider a couple upgrades. By opting for a stand with wheels you are saving your back from the twice a year storing and retrieving of the offset umbrella. Another great option is fiberoptic or LED lighting. Many offset patio umbrella manufacturers have add-on lighting kits to give your patio space the extra casual elegance.
I hope you have enjoyed this article outlining the wonderful benefits of an offset or cantilever umbrella. Stay tuned for more upcoming articles expounding on additional features and benefits.