Are you in the market to buy a picnic umbrella for your backyard? Just like picnic tables, umbrellas are useful for backyard barbecues and get-togethers as well as relaxing outside. They can also shield you from the unpredictable summer weather and save you the hassle of moving the table around when the sun moves. Picnic umbrellas can also shield you from the harmful UV rays of the sun as well as the occasional summer shower.
Picnic umbrellas come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors as well as materials that can match any kind of landscaping. A lot of people spend a considerable amount of time choosing garden furniture so they can create a special and relaxing ambience for their backyard or other outdoor space. Because of this, garden furniture come in several complementary styles; from wood dining sets and French bistro sets, to contemporary glass sets. In choosing an umbrella for your outdoor patio furniture, it is important to choose one that suits the feel and look of your garden. Umbrellas come in round, square and oblong shapes as well as with or without fringes and much more to choose from. Some come with air vents so the air can flow through the umbrellas to prevent it from swaying in strong gusts of wind. Others come with suede corners on the canopy insuring the longer life span of the umbrella.
The traditional colors for your umbrella are green and creme color to match the color scheme of most gardens. However, Other colors are available such as red and deep blue. When choosing an umbrella, be sure to check to see of it is easy to clean so you can keep it looking new without the hassle of bringing it indoors after each use.
The construction of the umbrella pole is very important for not only matching your furniture style, but for durability and rot resistance as well. Pole materials such as bamboo may not have the same life span as a hard wood or aluminum pole even though it is very pleasing to look at. Aluminum and hardwood poles, if treated properly, will last many years.
Picnic umbrellas also come with different mechanisms which can raise and lower them. While pulley and peg systems are available and more traditional, wind up systems are perhaps the easiest to use that requires less effort. The wind up system is also more aesthetically pleasing when finished in materials like brass.
You can enjoy the relaxing summer days with the protection of a garden umbrella no matter what type of garden you have; from a Japanese minimalist look, to an English country cottage type.