People love to spend time in the outdoors when the sun is out and smiling. But too much sun can be harmful. This is where the outdoor café umbrella comes in as a saviour. It protects you and your guests from the harmful UV radiations and occasional downpours. In fact, the outdoor café umbrella is one of the most versatile accessories ever invented. Why? Let us see.
A long-term friend
Commercial outdoor umbrellas are made to last. The frame is made from various different materials like corrosion resistant aluminium, wood and PVC. Wood suits a classic furniture setup better than other available materials. But it needs to be protected from overexposure to moisture. So if your part of the world receives a lot of rainfall, make sure that you pack the umbrella in a cool and dry place when not in use.
PVC is a cheaper alternative to wood. It is durable, lightweight and comes in many colours. If you are looking for a cost-effective shade solution, PVC will serve you well. Marine grade aluminium and steel are extremely durable frame materials. They can withstand the sun, the rain and high winds effortlessly for seasons on end. This makes for excellent value for money products.
The canopy is that part of the umbrella that gives you all the protection you need from the heat and the showers. It is made from UV and waterproof fabrics like acrylic and olefin. It is worth mentioning here that Flare Shade offers Recasens from Spain and Para Tempotest from Italy as options for canopy fabric. These two materials are extremely durable and retain their sheen for years on end. That’s what you call value for money!
Fits your outdoor space and user-friendly
Outdoor café umbrellas come in a number of different iterations to help you with your specific requirements. If you have a traditional patio décor, you can go for the classic centre-pole outdoor umbrella. A garden furniture setup looks chic in the shade of a centre-pole outdoor umbrella. If you are uncomfortable with the centre-pole and don’t like it coming in your line of sight, go for the offset-post umbrella.
The offset post outdoor umbrella gives you all the freedom to experiment with a sprawling furniture setup. The side-post doesn’t interfere with your seating arrangement. Your guests are also happy because a pole doesn’t obstruct their view during intimate conversations.
There are several different mounting options available to suit your needs. If you have a sprawling patio and don’t intend to move around your umbrella, go for the fixed base mounting mechanism. But make sure you have a hard flooring for that. You can also opt for mounting options that have a heavy base to support your umbrella. With such a base your umbrella stays put without you having to dig up your patio.
The cantilever umbrella is a brilliant iteration of the outdoor umbrella. It has a swivel-arm to attach the canopy with the side-post. You can use it to tilt the canopy and rotate it 360 degrees around the post. This way you can track the sun and block it any time during the day. What’s more? The wall-mounted cantilever umbrella lets you make use of a small patio and turn it into a cool lounge.
Installing an outdoor café umbrella is also easy. You don’t have to be an expert for that.
Our testers were very impressed by the Cantilever Square and the Cantilever Octagonal umbrellas by Flare Shade. The Cantilever Square comes in two canopy sizes – 13’ x 13’ and 11’ x 11’. The Cantilever Octagonal comes with a big 13’ octagonal canopy. Both these varieties have marine grade extruded aluminium frames that give them extra rigidity. The canopies are made of high quality Spanish Recasens or Para Tempotest from Italy.
Tip: Did you know that a square canopy actually gives more shade than an octagonal canopy of the same size? Keep this in mind next time you buy an outdoor umbrella.
Fashion Statement and Brand Promotion Tool
Your outdoor café umbrella is your fashion statement to the world. How? Well, industrial outdoor umbrella manufacturers like Flare Shade offer a whole range of bespoke services to their customers. You can choose your favourite canopy colour and even have your brand logo printed on the canopy. This way your humble outdoor accessory turns into a simple and cost-effective brand promotion tool. Your patrons begin to identity with your brand and word of mouth helps spread your brand’s reputation.
You are not limited by design choices either. You can choose an outdoor umbrella that goes with the décor of your outdoor space. For example, if you are looking for an ornate setup, go for a two-tiered canopy with contrasting fabrics. A scalloped valance will add to the style quotient. But if a minimalist setup is wat you are aiming for, go for a cantilever umbrella with a square canopy. It will amplify the minimalist design cues of your patio and give it a chic appeal.
The outdoor café umbrella is a boon to you and your business. It is not just a mundane shade solution. The outdoor umbrella has the power to augment your patio’s décor and boost your business at the same time. Don’t leave money on the table. Get yourself a commercial outdoor umbrella as soon as you can!