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What to Look for When Buying a Parasol?

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If you're in the market to buy a new parasol, it can be a good idea to look at the details of what you need to consider before spending your hard-earned money.

Below we present you with some of the most essential and practical things to consider prior to purchasing a stylish and practical new parasol for your home or business.

1. The Type and Size of Your Parasol

Depending on how much space you have and what you need your parasol for, you can opt for one of three options: an upright, tilted or cantilever parasol (which is basically a parasol fitted with a side stand that doesn't get in the way of your garden furniture).

The size of the parasol should be determined by the type and thickness of the canopy used as well as the scope of the parasol. If you need to fend off UV radiation, your best choice is a higher-density fabric. Acrylic is usually considered better quality, while a polyester canopy might be better if you're on a budget.

2. Shape, Style and Purpose

Before you start shopping for the best parasols, it's important to determine exactly what you need them for. Getting a garden parasol, for instance, is not the same as buying one for your commercial building or terrace. For a garden parasol, you'll want more options in terms of aesthetic styling, while a commercial parasol has to be more customizable so you can even turn it into a practical marketing prop for promoting your company.

For the hospitality industry, unique shapes and inviting, intricate styles are best so you can attract more clients. For instance, you might consider an octagonal shape rather than a simple, round one. In contrast, a less distracting and more professional look should be considered when you buy a parasol for an outdoor area associated with an office building or a factory.

3. The Opening System

The opening system of your parasol can be push/pull, similar to that of a regular umbrella, or featuring a crank or pulley. The crank system is typically best suited for situations where you don't plan to move your parasol too much or too far away. It can also be great when you have lighter parasols in a windy area and you don't want to replace them with heavier ones.

4. The Pole Material

The entire skeleton of the parasol you choose should be sturdy enough to withstand the strongest winds that can be found in your area. The pole material is especially important, as a weaker material could lead to damage and breaking, even leading to accidents and injuries. For reduced price and better resilience, steel is best, while for aesthetics and eco-friendly construction, you should opt for a wooden pole and frame. However, if you want your parasol to be light, rust-resistant and highly durable, and aluminum pole would be best.

5. Other Considerations

Obviously, the price of your new parasol is important, and when researching the best of the aforementioned features and material options, it's essential that you check and compare prices as well. Another important element to consider is the parasol base, which should be heavier if the parasol is larger and more exposed to the wind. Finally, you can consider getting one or more of the following accessories for better styling and comfort: LED lighting, a parasol clamp (for securely attaching your parasol to any outdoor furniture), a base cover and, of course, a parasol cover.

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