At the latest, when the mid-summer heatwave hits, even the most open sun worshipers at some point begin to look for a shady spot now and then. But to have to do without the nice weather and summer temperatures while grilling or lazing around, you can equip the terrace and balcony with a stylish parasol. This everyday item goes a long way to keeping you comfortable in the heated outdoor area.
This shopping guide provides help and tips on buying a suitable parasol.
The Size of The Parasol
First of all, how much shade it casts depends on the dimensions of the parasol. It is important to measure the available space on the balcony or terrace and consider how large the shaded area should be. If the parasol is too big, it not only doesn’t look good, it also doesn’t feel right.
For orientation: The span of a parasol should be about table width plus about half a meter on all sides. With a 32 inches garden table, a suitable parasol would have a diameter of about 6 feet.
The length of the rod is also important. After all, it should be long enough that the parasol is out of the way and not so long that the sun protection function is gone. A 7 feet long rod is the minimum recommended size, rods 8 feet long are even better.
Tilting models or cantilever parasols also have the advantage that they move with the course of the sun. Since these parasols also require more space, they are better suited for large areas – roof terraces, gardens, and spacious balconies.
Table Parasols vs. Free-Standing Parasols
Both models have their advantages. Anyone who regularly organizes dinners in the open air in summer or plans many barbecues may be better off with a table parasol. It is usually cheaper to buy, and you can change it every few years for a little more variety without having to spend too much on it.
But if you don’t like the fact that a parasol protrudes from the middle of the table or wants to freely decide which part of the terrace or balcony should be bathed in the shade, a mobile, i.e., a free-standing parasol, is the better choice. You can move it from the pool to the dining area or in the middle of the meadow at any time.
The Parasol Stand
The functionality of a parasol is only guaranteed if the parasol is secure. That is why the parasol stand is indispensable. A stable foot is also recommended for table stands. In case of doubt, a garden table does not offer sufficient resistance to the capricious summer weather. In addition, the right parasol stand ensures that the parasol is upright.
For parasols with a diameter of more than 10 feet, you should choose the largest parasol stand or foot that you can find. Of course, the rod of the parasol must also fit into the stand. It is best to buy a parasol, and a parasol stands together from the same manufacturer. So you are on the safe side.
The Choice of Material
The modern parasols are available with a fiberglass rod and stand. These are more flexible than aluminum models and do not break off in strong winds. They are both weatherproof and easy to care for. In any case, more than wood, which dries out quickly, splinters, or even becomes rotten if it is not cared for regularly.
The fabric of the parasol must also be able to withstand rain and intense sunlight. When buying, keywords such as “weatherproof,” “all-weather,” “waterproof,” “UV-resistant,” “colorfast,” and “breathable” provide a good orientation to enjoy sun protection with a suitable parasol for as long as possible.