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4 Misconceptions About Shade Umbrellas You Need To Know

9th March 2021

Staying comfortable outdoors is easier when the right type of shade umbrella is utilised, but many have a few misconceptions about these outdoor accessories.

From the shape to the colour and more, there are a few myths that some people still believe are true.

Whether it's white vs black umbrellas or the strength of offset patio umbrellas, read on to learn more about these common misconceptions.

Myth #1: White vs Black Umbrellas: Black Is Hotter

We're often asked whether black umbrellas would be hotter than white umbrellas, or shade umbrellas in any other colour. Surprisingly, all umbrellas absorb approximately the same amount of heat and can block about 90% of solar heat and protect you from the sun's UV rays.

Since you're typically standing directly underneath an umbrella, the colour does not really affect you in terms of the heat you feel from the sun. In fact, in the battle of white vs black umbrellas, those in a black or charcoal colour are actually our top pick for the best choice in the hot Australian sun.

Black umbrellas don't fade as quickly as some other colours, which means they'll look nicer, longer. In addition, this versatile hue matches almost anything and looks fabulous against virtually any backdrop and in any environment. 

Of course, you should always buy the umbrella that suits your personal taste and style the best. However, don't count the colour black out as an option if you're concerned about its ability to keep you and your guests cool and comfortable.

Myth #2: Cantilever Umbrellas Are Weak

Many people believe that cantilever-style outdoor shade umbrellas are not able to handle the rigours of heavy outdoor use. However, this option includes an offset patio umbrella, which is just another name for a Cantilever or Side Post umbrella, and they can be quite durable if you choose the right brand.

These types of umbrellas come in a myriad of different brand names, makes, models, and styles. They're also available in quite a wide variety of quality and strength levels.

Many customers discover that cheaper, imported offset patio umbrellas are weak since they're often made with lower-quality materials. As a result, the canopies won't last as long, and the wind-up mechanisms tend to break or jam. Weak frames can also bend or even break in strong winds.

At Project Shade, we pride ourselves on selling only premium quality outdoor shade products. We can safely say that our assortment of Cantilever umbrellas is built to last for years to come. A great example is the Australian-made Master Shade, featuring a wind rating up to 100km/h, a structural aluminium powder coated frame, and a hot-dipped galvanized base for incredible strength and durability.

Master Shade

Myth #3: All Shade Umbrellas are the Same Shape

Most would assume that outdoor shade umbrellas are all a standard shape. However, this myth is certainly one that's easily dispelled.

There are many different shapes and style of outdoor umbrellas that aren't just the standard shape many are used to. While some common canopy shapes include square or octagonal, there are lots of other shapes to choose from as well.

Look for umbrellas in a variety of shapes to give the backyard a unique aesthetic. Traditional square and hexagonal shapes make it easier to find a replacement cover for your deck or patio.

Just like the colour, you're not limited to the shape of your new outdoor shade umbrella. Explore our online store to find a variety of shapes that will best serve your shade needs.

Girl sitting under shade

Myth #4: Shade Sails are Better than Shade Umbrellas

Since shade sails have grown in popularity in recent years, this has become a common misconception. In fact, we often recommend umbrellas over shade sails for many reasons.

First, umbrellas are much easier to install and take down as needed. They can also be moved or repositioned as the sun changes throughout the day, rather than being stationary and "stuck" in just one place and one position.

Of course, shade umbrellas also look amazing and add lots of character to the patio. There are, of course, some instances when shade sails might be better suited to your needs. Ideally, this option is best when you're looking to add shade over a large space or need something that's lower maintenance.

In the end, it all comes down to which type of shade sail, or which type of umbrella you most prefer. There are so many different styles, colours, and shapes to choose from that it's important to find the one that's right for you. 

The goal is to find the right amount of shade and cover for your specific space. It's also important to choose an outdoor shade that suits the specific layout of your backyard or patio so that it fits nicely within the allotted space. Weigh the pros and cons of each type to determine which one will work best for your needs.

Sail shade

Find the Perfect Umbrella

Whether it's white vs black umbrellas or an offset design, it's important to know these common misconceptions so you can find the umbrella that's right for your home. Black umbrellas can be just as comfortable and cooling as other colours, while these products are also available in a wide array of shapes for any patio.

To find out more about our incredible selection of outdoor shade umbrellas and more, shop online at our website or contact us today and we'll help you find the perfect shade solution.

Please note the contents of this post is information only and general in nature.
If you require advice it is best to contact one of our shade specialists who can review your particular circumstances and then provide tailored advice according to your needs.

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