Market patio umbrellas are by far the most popular. Market umbrellas are connected to a heavy stone or concrete base, which prevents the patio umbrella from going anywhere during windy weather. You can then place the outdoor umbrella virtually anywhere you need shade in your yard. Many homeowners choose to place their market umbrella it in the middle of an outdoor dining table, assuming the table has a hole to insert the umbrella. By putting an outdoor patio umbrella in the middle of the table, you can create a comfortable outdoor dining experience. If you choose to dine outside, you now have the option to break out the patio outdoor umbrella and get some shade. Probably the biggest decision you have to make when deciding on an umbrella for your patio is the lift method. The crank lift is a convenient and popular option for many shade umbrellas but you can also get one with a pulley or manual lift. The crank simply has a handle you crank up and down, whereas the pulley relies on a traditional pulley system, and a manual umbrella goes up and down like a standard umbrella. You don't have to place the market umbrella only on an outdoor table — if it's in a base, you can move it anywhere you want such as in between two chaise lounges.
The next option you have is the cantilever umbrella. Here, the actual shaded umbrella portion is attached to a single free-standing pole. This is different from the market patio umbrella, where the pole is in the very middle of the outdoor umbrella. Cantilever umbrellas are great for patios with dining tables without the umbrella hole. You can simply put the base of the umbrella next to the furniture and the umbrella portion will hang over the furniture. Whether complementing a table, two Adirondack chairs, or chaise lounges, the cantilever patio umbrella is a stylish and functional option for any patio.
Properly securing your outdoor patio umbrella is crucial to ensuring years of sun protection and longevity. There are a wide variety of bases and anchoring solutions to secure your patio umbrella securely. These include options suitable for use beneath a table or in a freestanding setting. Their are three main types of Base options:
Remember… your shade is only as good as its foundation.
All Chicago Outdoor Living umbrellas are all thoroughly tested and built to ensure durability and longevity, however we do not recommend the use of any non-permanent umbrella in unsafe wind conditions. The size and installation location of your umbrella play a significant role when selecting the base/anchoring method required for safe operation. Please consult Chicago Outdoor Livings Design expert for recommendations. All Chicago Outdoor Living Umbrella warranties are only applicable to products that are properly secured to an appropriately weighted base, installed inground, or surface mount. The warranties do not cover damage caused to an umbrella structure or base as a result of improper anchoring, or severe acts of nature, including any damage caused by contact with a foreign object (this includes contact with the ground).