Parasols are a welcome solution with no trees or roofs in the garden or terrace to protect you from the sun. The shade donors protect against intense UV radiation and bring a touch of color, a touch of glamor, and style to the outdoor area at home. Of course, not every parasol is the same and, above all, not equally suitable for every garden and balcony.
Which Parasol Fits Into the Environment?
When choosing a suitable parasol, the environment is the most important factor. This means the shape or cut of the garden and balcony, the sun’s position at the point where the umbrella will later provide protection, any structural elements such as canopies, rain gutters, steps, garden houses, and plants. If you are thinking about buying a parasol for the garden table or the seating area on the terrace, you should also know the table’s diameter or the area occupied by the seating.
Taking a close look at the surroundings has several advantages when buying a parasol: On the one hand, you can buy a really suitable parasol. On the other hand, you will also find the best place for mounting or setting up without having to sit too close to traffic, the roof of the house, or the garden grill.
Which Is the Right Size?
Parasols come in a wide variety of sizes. The most important dimensions that play a role in the selection are the shade’s diameter and height. On average, parasols are about 2 meters high; however, most of them are now height-adjustable. Care should be taken in permanently installed models. The frame or guide rail construction can require more space than with classic models in umbrella stands. Most parasols are somewhere between 2 and 4 meters in diameter. So they can be selected to suit the surrounding situation.
The Screen Material
The material from which the protective screen is made plays a qualitative role. Polyester is the most widely used material for the umbrella because it is usually waterproof. However, dark colors tend to fade after a period of regular use. But there are also parasols made of olefins, woven fabrics, or acrylic fibers. The longevity and protective properties against rain and UV rays of every parasol made of all materials can also be extended if you only open the umbrella seasonally when necessary and otherwise close it or remove it in winter and store it protected from the weather.
The Frame or The Stand
Not only the quality and material properties of the umbrella are important. The material from which the spokes, the umbrella mast, and possibly the stand or the mounting system are made also makes a big difference. Nobody wants a parasol whose installation system corrodes within a few downpours or gives way to gusts of wind. While frames made of wood look noble and are sustainable, they are also very maintenance-intensive, especially outdoors. Aluminum, fiberglass, and steel structures offer alternatives.
Style and Shape of A Parasol
There are hardly any stylistic limits: Round, rectangular, square umbrellas, with system frames for permanent installation or transportable stands, in all rainbow colors. In addition to the space conditions, personal taste is the decisive factor here. Three of the most typical parasol designs are:
- Straight parasols: While the parasol can take any shape and color, the pole is straight to the point of a straight parasol. It cannot be tipped.
- Free-hanging parasols: In these models, the parasol is attached at the top to a heavy frame that stands next to or behind the actual parasol. The canopy hangs and swings freely. Such a large cantilever umbrella from Solero gives a good impression of this.
- Tiltable parasols: Similar to the straight parasols, the parasol is supported by a central post. However, the masts in the upper third of these models can be tilted. So they can be adjusted depending on the position of the sun or the need for shade.
Parasols can be exactly that decorative element that makes the outside area even more inviting. If you choose the color and style to match the (color) tone-setting garden furniture, swing frames, and so on. Equipped with the right amount of comfort and functionality, every garden area and balcony becomes a successful oasis of calm.