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Everything You Need to Know About Cantilever Umbrellas

Umbrellas have been keeping us cool, dry, and comfortable for around 3,500 years

Since this humble introduction, umbrellas have improved significantly in design. They've evolved from basic single-person use to become a hands-free shade provider for yards, patios, pools, and more. Thanks to outdoor umbrellas, outdoor living is now safer and more comfortable than ever.

The cantilever umbrella is a modern take on an old classic. If you haven't yet considered one for your home or business, you'll soon learn why they offer the perfect space-saving shade solution for any outdoor space.

Read on to learn more about cantilever umbrellas and their available options to fit your outdoor space.

Benefits of Outdoor Umbrellas

If you haven't considered an outdoor umbrella for your yard, there are tons of reasons to get one. From protecting your family to keeping you cool, they're an essential part of any backyard setup.

Cool and Comfortable

The sun is incredibly hot, especially during peak daylight hours. Outdoor umbrellas provide relief without having to go inside, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space no matter what time of day it is.

Protected From Harmful UV Rays

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) recommends seeking shade as a primary means of avoiding the harmful UV rays of the sun, which are known to cause skin cancer. Without any outdoor shade, this means staying inside all day. Who wants to do that when you've got a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy?

Outdoor umbrellas give you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the outdoors on your property without spending an excessive amount of time in the sun. This helps ensure you're keeping your family and guests safe without having to remain indoors.

Protect Your Patio Furniture

The sun's rays can bleach and do significant damage to your patio furniture over time. With an outdoor umbrella, you can protect your furniture and keep it looking good-as-new for even longer.

a father and son sitting under a cantilever umbrella

What is a Cantilever Umbrella?

Also called a "side post umbrella" or "pool umbrella," a cantilever umbrella is a large outdoor umbrella with an off-set post for maximum versatility. Rather than opening from a centre post, they are attached to a swivel arm. This allows you to move them as you see fit.

Since they have an offset post, cantilever umbrellas offer shade without blocking the flow of your living space. Plus, they are more stable than traditional outdoor umbrellas designs.

Different Styles of Cantilever Umbrellas

Depending on your style preference, you can choose from a number of cantilever umbrella styles. For example, you can pick a square, octagonal, hexagonal or rectangular cantilever umbrella. You can also choose different fabrics to match your decor.

Where to Place a Cantilever Umbrella

To ensure you pick the best possible location for your new cantilever umbrella, think about where you spend the most time in your yard. Remember that these umbrellas also rotate 360 degrees, so you have some wiggle room in regards to placement.

An open deck is a great spot for a cantilever umbrella. You can also place them in open pool areas or other large areas within your property.

In order to be sure, your umbrella specialist can provide you with all the dimensions you need to know. Then, you can simply take the measurements on your property and decide on the best fit for your space.

Mounting Options for Your Cantilever Umbrella

Cantilever umbrellas offer versatile shade options for your yard. Not only that, but they also offer versatile options for how you'd like to place the umbrella on your property. No matter what your vision is, or what the individual allowances of your property are, there are mounting options to fit your needs.

Freestanding Cantilever Umbrella

A freestanding cantilever umbrella is a perfect option for rental properties, temporary homes, or for those wanting a damage-free mounting solution. These allow you to place the umbrella on your property without having to bolt it down or mount it. Instead, a heavy base holds the cantilever umbrella right where you want it.

Another benefit of a freestanding cantilever umbrella is this: you can move them around as needed. If you have multiple areas on your property that you'd like to keep shady, then this is a great solution.

An example of a wall mounted cantilever umbrella

Wall Mount

A wall-mounted umbrella with a cantilever is great for placing off the side of your home. These allow you to mount your adjustable cantilever umbrella right on your wall, making them ideal for lounging areas on your patio.

Bolt Down

If you are looking to place a cantilever umbrella further away from your home, you can use a bolt-down mount to place them anywhere. These are ideal for pool umbrella placements, as they allow you to bolt them down directly to cement.

You can place a bolt-down cantilever on either wet or dry concrete, so you can place them on your existing patio or pool area. For wet cement, the bolts are placed in the desired location before they dry. If your cement is already dry, you can drill into the concrete slab and place the bolts where you want them.

In-Ground Cantilever Umbrella

An in-ground cantilever umbrella is ideal for secure placement anywhere on your property. These are mounted by digging into the ground and mounting the umbrella securely. This mounting option works perfectly for placing the umbrella in your yard or garden area.

The Perfect Modern Shade Solution

While umbrellas have been around for years, modern cantilever designs take them to the next level. With a cantilever umbrella, you can enjoy a stylish and versatile shade solution for your yard. Now that you know more about cantilever umbrellas, start shopping for your ideal umbrella today!

Contact us now to help you find the perfect cantilever umbrella for your home.

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