4 types of outdoor umbrellas to consider for your home

September 2nd, 2019 · Published to Outdoor Umbrellas by Steve Lewis

In our last article we talked about how outdoor umbrellas provided a flexible shade option for the home, now we are going to look at four different types of outdoor umbrellas to consider for your home. Each of these has their peculiarities and advantages and one might appeal to you above another, depending on what your needs are.

As a shade manufacturer, I have been called upon to install many types of outdoor umbrellas on the Gold Coast and in other parts of Australia and one thing I have found is that not all umbrellas are suitable for residential use. Therefore, today I will list four types of outdoor umbrellas and examine which are best suited for homes and which are better for suited for commercial use.

If you are thinking of purchasing an outdoor umbrella, this will help you to decide which type of umbrella will be perfect for your home. Keep reading to discover more.

Commercial Umbrellas

As the name implies, these are outdoor umbrellas that are designed for commercial use. They are often used in places like schools, beer gardens and other places where commercial activities take place. These are usually really strong and created for heavy-duty use. Businesses that make use of these type of outdoor umbrellas on the Gold Coast have the option of printing their logos on the umbrellas. Actually, this is true of commercial umbrellas in most parts of Australia.

Patio Umbrellas

While a patio umbrella can be used in your outdoor living space, it is more often used in commercial areas such as schools, hospitals, resorts and storefronts, among others. They are strong and extremely durable and can easily be customised. Not only can you get your patio umbrellas in the colours you desire, but if you are ordering them for commercial purposes, you can have your logo printed on them.

Offset Umbrella or Cantilever Umbrellas

Cantilever umbrellas, of offset umbrellas, are the most commonly used for residential purposes. They are an elegant and practical option for your outdoor spaces. They have a pole and base that are attached to the side, instead of the centre like in other types of outdoor umbrellas. And, they offer all-round protection and have a higher degree of sun protection because of the larger covers that the umbrellas have. This is one of the most popular outdoor umbrellas on the Gold Coast and for a really good reason. It is affordable, durable and incredibly versatile.

Market Umbrellas

Market umbrellas are another popular form of outdoor umbrellas on the Gold Coast. Although they are better for commercial use, they can also function quite well in your backyard. They are without valances, making it easier to sit comfortably even with a smaller table. They do have wind vents however and can withstand the elements. The high quality of the umbrellas means that these hardy outdoor umbrellas can take a beating.


There are four types of outdoor umbrellas which provide exceptional outdoor shade solutions. These are commercial umbrellas, which are best suited for commercial use; patio umbrellas, which also have their charm and can be used for your home but are usually used in commercial situations; offset umbrellas or cantilever umbrellas, which are quite popular when it comes to residential outdoor shade and market umbrellas, which can be used for commercial purposes or residential purposes.

At Global Shade, we have over 25 years of experience working with clients all across Australia to choose the best outdoor umbrellas to suit their needs. Contact us today to discuss your options to get the perfect outdoor umbrella for your home, and budget.

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