When furnishing your pool, patio, or deck area, one of the most important items that you need to consider is an offset umbrella with side post stands. While most people love lounging around in the sun without a protective umbrella, excessive exposure to the sun can cause permanent damage to the skin.
What They Are
These umbrellas are designed in such a way that there is more space available underneath them. Their main distinctive feature is that instead of having the pole in the middle, as most other patio umbrellas are designed to have, they have side post stands (the pole is at the side).
This is particularly useful if there is no hole in the middle of your outdoor table, or if you want to make maximum use of the space under the umbrella. Also, since these umbrellas are freestanding, they are very useful for providing shade when using the space for sitting, without having to put a table in between.
Tips For Using Offset Umbrellas
Take Measurements of the Area
Take measurements of the area that you want your umbrella to cover. While it is not necessary to cover the whole patio, it is a good idea to provide shade over the chairs or the table. Jot down the measurements in a notebook, which you can take along with you when you go shopping for the umbrella.
Decide on the Material and Color
As far as the material is concerned, there is a wide variety to choose from, such as acrylic fibers, thick canvas, and hard plastic. Take into consideration factors like the amount of harsh weather it will be subjected to, how easy it will be to clean, and whether the color will withstand the sun beating down on it.
Check Out on the Internet
There are many websites where you can check out the different types of umbrellas available. You can compare the various types from several manufacturers, as they have different types of mechanisms to get the umbrella open as well as different kinds of materials.
The pulley system of opening is the most popular, which is akin to shades that people have in their homes. Another way to get it open is the same mechanism that is used in ordinary umbrellas that people carry. You need to lift the pole and let the spokes and umbrella unfurl out.
Check Out at your Local Store
It is a good idea to check out your local store. Major stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Osh, and Home Depot sell these umbrellas. Since the umbrellas are so heavy, purchasing them online can have a couple of drawbacks.
First of all, since it is a major item, it is better to check it out in person, especially to see whether you find the opening mechanism easy, whether you like its design, whether it is sufficiently big, and such other details. Secondly, the shipping charges will be substantial if you order online.
Check for Cheap Deals
Tag sales and online community sites are a great means of finding cheap umbrellas. Since offset ones are heavy and cost a lot of money to be moved long distances, they are often offered on sale. Hence, this can be a good way of getting an item that costs a few thousand dollars at a much cheaper rate.
Offset umbrellas can offer several options for providing shade for both large and small gatherings. When you shop for these, take your time to examine them closely, especially the material that they are made of.
High-quality materials are more resistant to outdoor conditions like the sun and rain, and hence will last for many years. And in case the material should tear, it will be much cheaper to repair it rather than to get it replaced.