How long will a patio umbrella last? This wonderful question is a very common question from our loyal customers over the years. Depending on the type of construction, and usage of your patio umbrella will change how long it will last. Using a patio umbrella protective cover to protect your umbrella from the weather elements or even if you store your umbrella in a protective shed, having a protective cover over it will increase the life span of the material allowing for more use, saving you money! Shades are available in many different fabric and pole options. The less expensive garden umbrellas will generally use olefin or polyester fabric. These fabrics are great for the everyday user to protect them against the suns harmful rays. Keeping the fabric away from the weather elements while it is not in use is the best method to preventing premature fading and deterioration. Occasionally using a mild detergent and water to clean the fabric is recommended to keep the canopy looking bright and new! These budget friendly units are also available with a wood, aluminum or fiberglass pole. The wood poles are light weight and have a wonderful visual appeal that is a great option for any buyer. Available in a light wood, dark wood and even a Marenti hardwood! These wood poles generally use a pulley system or manual pushup to raise or lower the canopy.
Also available with an aluminum center pole, these umbrellas are available with a pulley system or crank mechanism. Umbrellas must be closed and opened as described in the manufactures directions. Patio umbrellas without any moving mechanisms will last the longest because there are less moving parts that could stop functioning over time. The manual pushup umbrella should be the longest lasting out of the previously stated options. Making sure your unit is closed and secured with the included straps is vital for improving the life span of the unit preventing any damage caused by the wind of any other variables. The commercial patio umbrellas upgrade fabric is “Sunbrella” fabric. This fabric is absolutely the best quality fabric available, with a wide range of colors to choose from, the Sunbrella fabric is the ultimate choice. The Sunbrella fabric comes with an industry leading 5 Year Warranty! The fabric is made in the U.S.A. and is a great quality fabric. The more expensive umbrellas generally are available with the Sunbrella fabric. These patio umbrellas also have heavier duty hardware and thicker poles making them more durable which will last longer. They are still susceptible to damage caused by wind and other weather elements, so it is still recommended to close and secure the umbrellas when not in use.