You may go to the patio to get fresh air and to soak up the rays and essential vitamin D, but there is such a thing as too much sun. The heat can become too much and overexposure to UV rays can be damaging to your skin and health. Thankfully, there is a way to get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the outdoors and sunlight without risking your health. Apart from using sunscreen, there are several tips you can use to make your patio comfortable by blocking out excessive sunlight.
A patio umbrella is a way to go when you want to enjoy the sun but take cover when it gets too extreme. There are several umbrella styles you can choose from for your patio and the choice will come down to budget, style and person preferences.
- Market Umbrellas: The market umbrella is readily available at most outdoor furniture stores and is perfect for most outdoor and patio spaces. Sizes include 7.5’, 9’, 8’x10’, and 11’. The 7.5’ umbrellas offer perfect shade covering for smaller areas and single gathering spots and the 9’ is ideal for all yards and pool areas. The larger umbrellas provide shade for larger community spaces for when you have family gatherings and they can also be tilted to adapt as the sun moves throughout the day. Market umbrellas come in a variety of colors including beige, henna, and teak as well as aqua, cobalt blue, forest green, and gingko. They also come with either aluminum or wood hardware.
- Cantilever umbrellas: These are versatile for outdoor living spaces and are designed to deliver shade while balancing the available space. They come in 10’ and 13’ sizes for octagon shapes and 10’x13’ for rectangular versions. The color selection includes sand, Auburn, mocha, jockey red, aqua and more so you can match it to your patio décor. The best part about these umbrellas is that the angle can easily be adjusted as well as the height so you can get shade cover any time of day. The superior flexibility of this style makes it a popular choice because people enjoy calibrating it to fit their changing needs.
- Shanghai umbrellas: These are one-of-a-kind 10’ umbrellas that are perfect for adding color to your backyard and patio area. The lime or red colors are vibrant and lively adding style and life to your yard and will be the talking point for any guests. This umbrella can also be adjusted and tilted to cover you from the moving sun and it’s a unique style that will set your yard apart from your neighbors.
- Umbrella Bases: You must always get a base for your umbrella to make sure it stands straight, but there are factors you need to consider when choosing a base. The base also impacts the overall appearance of your yard or patio. There are different styles, shapes, and colors so make sure you choose one that matches the décor. You also want to choose one that is not intrusive or likely to be in the way of any foot traffic. The umbrella base is more than a necessity so choose wisely and get the design that best fits the ambiance of your patio area.