3 things you need to know about outdoor umbrellas

September 6th, 2017 · Published to Outdoor Umbrellas by Steve Lewis

If you’re thinking of purchasing an outdoor umbrella, then you won’t be disappointed. Outdoor umbrellas are versatile portable shade solutions, which are cost-effective and incredibly easy to use. In fact, these reasons are precisely why outdoor umbrellas are so popular in Australia.

But before you head out to purchase your first outdoor umbrella, you need to know a little more about them. And, as the owner of Global Shade, I’m here to help you out.

So, continue reading this article to discover a few important things about outdoor umbrellas, which you must know before making a purchase. After you read through, you’ll be able to take a more informed decision about which umbrella best suits your needs.

1. They are available in different sizes

The first thing you need to know is that outdoor umbrellas are available in a range of sizes. As such, you must choose the right sized umbrella for your needs.

Take a look at your space and determine how much area needs to be covered by shade. You’ll also need to consider how much room you want around the shade.

An expert tip, your umbrella should leave 2 feet of shade on every side of the table underneath. In other words, if you need to shade a 3-foot round table, you should choose an umbrella that’s 6 feet in diameter.

2. They are available in different types

The next thing to be aware of is that there are many different types of outdoor umbrellas to choose from. So, once you’ve decided what size you need, you’ll then need to choose which type is most suitable for your needs.

The most common outdoor umbrellas are cantilever umbrellas, tilting umbrellas and table/freestanding umbrellas. Tilting umbrellas are capable of being adjusted to change the angle of the shade. Cantilever umbrellas are a larger sized version of tilting umbrellas and they offer better shade coverage. Table/freestanding umbrellas are generally designed to be used as pool furnishings around poolside tables.

Whatever your specific requirements may be, I recommend you to consider cantilever umbrellas over the others. Cantilever umbrellas can be used both in domestic and commercial settings. They also don’t have a vertical support post – meaning that you’ll have more space under the shade.

At Global Shade, cantilever outdoor umbrellas are incredibly popular with customers.

3. They can be made of different materials

Lastly, know that both the frame and the canopy of outdoor umbrellas can be manufactured using a variety of materials and that the materials used will impact the quality of the umbrella. For example, the umbrellas you find at a local home centre are usually manufactured with inferior materials, which result in a shorter lifespan.

Aluminium and fiberglass are the two most common frame materials in umbrellas, while high quality fabric is used for the canopy. Global Shade’s outdoor umbrellas include a durable structural steel frame and aluminium frame and can be installed onto any surface. Moreover, superior grade fabrics are used in our umbrella canopies, which can block out up to 99% of the sun. We can even custom design our umbrellas to suit your specific style, design and colour requirements.


Before purchasing outdoor umbrellas in Australia, there are a few things you should consider first. Umbrellas are available in different sizes, types and they can be made of different materials. Make sure to consider your personal requirements and always choose to buy umbrellas from a reputed supplier.

And, for the best outdoor umbrellas in Australia, look no further than Global Shade. We’ll custom manufacture one according to your requirements. Call us at 1800 724 407 to discuss your requirements today!

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