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Choosing the Best Patio Umbrellas for Summer

Outdoor Patio Umbrellas

Summer is right next door and so is all the fun of picnics and barbecues with friends and family outdoors. You want your guests to be comfortable and enjoy the summer within the comfort of your own home by providing them with the perfect patio umbrella for cozy and relaxing outdoor summer fun. Patio umbrellas keep us away from the summer heat and help avoid those awful sunburns.

Here are a few tips to help you select the best umbrella for your summer family fun.


You’ll want to choose a long-lasting backyard umbrella which will endure the worst weathers and at the same time provide optimal shade to guarantee protection from the sun.

Ideally, it should be made of rust-resistant aluminum. This will make it a great water-repellent and keep it free from rust, corrosion, chipping, and peeling caused by the sun and rain.

You shouldn’t have to worry about your umbrella being easily torn down by heavy winds and rain either.  A vented double canopy construction for air flow should be a perfect feature, to make it more windproof and steady during heavy winds. 

Convenient Setup & Easy to Use

An umbrella that is easy to setup and use will make your life easier.  While many umbrellas will need to be professionally installed, there are plenty of models that can work ‘out of the box’ so to speak. 

The most popular and convenient options are often cantilever umbrellas which can be easily positioned and moved around your yard and conveniently require no additional assembly. Perfect for any DIY projects.

A backyard umbrella which is easy to close and open is highly recommended. Poggesi offers built-in ease of use, allowing you to adjust your umbrella with a simple push-button tilt-and-crank operating system.

Also, as mentioned before, a vented canopy and a tilt option designed to facilitate air flow and prevent inversion in windy climates should also be one of the characteristics you must look for in choosing a backyard umbrella to prevent wind from knocking over your umbrella.

All-In-One Protection

Your backyard umbrella should be sturdy, durable, and easy to operate to enable it to provide optimal protection from the sun. To provide the best shade, it should be wide, tall, and large enough to provide shelter not only for your visitors and guests but large enough to provide generous shade for your tables and chairs as well.

A backyard umbrella that will provide all-in-one protection against a variety of weather conditions should be versatile enough to act as a sun tent and at the same time a rain shelter by providing a tilt function to allow you to set your umbrella to the perfect angle for maximum shade and protection.

Fade and UV Resistance

Buying a large patio umbrella for your home can be a big investment, so you want to make sure it will last.

When looking for the best umbrella, fade resistance should be considered to protect the umbrella from fading over time and losing its color.

Your outdoor umbrella should also be constructed to guard against water and mildew so that it will retain its original color and not require constant cleaning. 

Ideally, your umbrella should use Sunbrella fabrics for its canopy, which are an industry standard for the highest-quality. At Poggesi, we only use Sunbrella fabric to ensure a long-last canopy that is both resistant to fading and mold.

Final Thoughts

Adding a large umbrella to your backyard or patio area for the summer can create a nice shaded getaway from the summer heat for you and your family.

This is why it’s important to choose a backyard umbrella that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors and be protected from the sun at the same time.

Summer will be here before you know it! Prepare the ultimate oasis for family and friend BBQ’s, pool days and more to relax and have fun this summer with the perfect backyard umbrella.

View our collection of outdoor patio umbrellas or contact us if you have any questions.