Over the years, I have done a lot of umbrella shopping for myself and clients. Here's a few things I have learned: most patio umbrellas will fade after a single season if they aren't a high-quality outdoor fabric like Sunbrella. The mechanisms can also break and bend pretty quickly. Your umbrella needs to be taken care of like it's an investment. Cover it with an umbrella cover when not in use and bring it indoors when there's a chance of heavy wind or storms.
This is ours in action and it still going strong.
My go-to company for umbrellas is One Kings Lane... they have the best selection of styles and colors. They are not cheap but they are also not $1000 like other popular retailers. I created a round-up of some favorite umbrellas and also included a couple other more affordable brands as well. Click on the individual umbrella images below to be taken to the retailer's websites.
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