Outdoor umbrellas: A flexible shade solution for the home

October 11th, 2017 · Published to Outdoor Blinds by Steve Lewis

When searching for the perfect shade solution, several options come to mind, but one solution that is often overlooked is outdoor umbrellas. Also known as cantilever umbrellas, these umbrellas are unbelievably versatile and provide amazing outdoor shade solutions to your living area.

Now, these are nothing like beach umbrellas as they are strong, versatile and offer real protection from the harsh sun. They are cost effective and offer a very flexible shade solution for your home.

As a designer and manufacturer of shade solutions, I have installed hundreds of outdoor umbrellas in my 25 years in the industry. And one of the reasons that I’ve found them to be so popular is because they offer beauty and protection without breaking the bank.

If you are thinking of purchasing an outdoor shade for your home, you should give serious thought to getting an outdoor umbrella.

In this article, I will touch on a few points why they are a recommended shade solution for the home.

How they can be used in the home

First of all, it is important to examine the different ways in which outdoor umbrellas can be used in the home. They are more or less multipurpose and can be used in different areas; they can be used around the pool or on the patio and they add elegance and style to those living areas. They can also be used to create a barbecue area or to extend your veranda. They can be used practically anywhere you might need an outdoor shade in the home.

Benefits of outdoor umbrellas

If you are thinking about getting an outdoor umbrella, it is only natural to wonder what the benefits are, if at all there are any.

There are actually a number of benefits to these umbrellas and they do have some advantages over other shade solutions. First of all, outdoor umbrellas provide UV protection, which is really important in the burning Australian sun. This makes it possible for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors at your home without fear of sunburn or even skin cancer.

Another benefit of outdoor umbrellas is how portable they are. Because they are not as large as other outdoor shades, it is easy to move them from one part of your home to another. Also, they take up less space which makes them a great option for smaller spaces.

We can’t forget how elegant they are and the way they immediately enhance the ambiance and aesthetics of your living space. There is no doubt that outdoor umbrellas beautify your home and add a touch of class to any space.

Choosing an outdoor umbrella

How do you choose an outdoor umbrella that is right for you home? This is a question I’ve been asked often. In choosing an outdoor umbrella, a number of things matter. The quality of the fabric and the time of frame used for the structure are very important as well as the size of the umbrella that will suit your needs. At Global shade, we use only high quality fabric for our outdoor umbrellas and for the frames, highly tensile and durable structural steel and aluminium. Our frames can be installed to most surfaces including slabs, timber decks, concrete footings or the surface of your choice.

For more information, be sure to read an earlier post of mine; Umbrellas: How to Choose the Right One for your Requirements


Outdoor umbrellas are indeed a flexible solution for the home. They are versatile and can be used in different parts of the home. Their cost effectiveness is also another major attraction as well as the high UV protection. For a quote on custom made outdoor umbrellas, contact us at Global Shade. Call 1800 724 407 or email us at info@globalshade.com.au.

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