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What You Need To Know About The Cantilever Umbrella And Patio Style

If you’re shopping for a new patio set, no doubt you’ve heard about the cantilever umbrella. So much more than a stylish addition to your patio, cantilever umbrellas are functional, versatile, and helpful additions to any backyard. But what’s the big deal about this umbrella? Here are a few common questions to help you get a sense of how this great patio feature works.

What is a cantilever umbrella?

A cantilever umbrella, also known as an offset umbrella, is a large-model patio umbrella that hangs from a free-standing curved pole, instead of the straight, vertical pole and base generally associated with regular patio umbrellas.

What’s the advantage of a cantilever umbrella?

Cantilever umbrellas are considered superior due to their larger circumference (keeping you nice and cool at a broader range) and versatility. Their hanging design allows you to place the umbrella wherever you want. Cantilever umbrellas have the benefit of reaching over furniture, instead of requiring speciality pieces that fit standard umbrellas. You can choose the outdoor furniture set you really want, instead of having to compromise because the table didn’t have an opening for a vertical patio umbrella.

Do they block UV rays?

This is one of the most important questions a buyer can ask. We all love to spend our summers outdoors, but we also know that too much sun can be harmful due to UV rays. The cantilever umbrella can protect you from UV exposure in a few ways. Cantilever umbrellas provide larger shade on average than their vertical counterparts, and are available in a wide variety of fabrics, some of which contain reflective or UV-resistant materials. In addition, the free-standing nature of a cantilever umbrella lets you fine-tune its position to lock out reflecting sunlight and UV rays, as well.

Is it weather-resistant?

To an extent. Though cantilever umbrellas are able to provide some shade from the sun and relief from the rain, it is important to note that they’re not meant for use in heavy inclement weather. Patio umbrellas are meant to help you relax in fair weather, not provide shelter in a storm. If winds become excessive, or rain threatens to weigh down your cantilever umbrella, store it in a safe place out of the elements.

Not only are cantilever umbrellas a great design piece for your patio, they are easy to move and use for any outdoor seating situation. Get in touch with a patio furniture dealer today to learn more and experience this great product!