How to Choose the Best Commercial Outdoor Umbrella

May 30, 2018

The summer is almost here! Are you planning on buying and installing umbrellas for an outdoor area in your business? Here are some tips on how to choose the best commercial outdoor umbrella.



It’s important to first consider the size and placement of the umbrella so that you can see if it’s suitable for your business or not. By selecting the right-sized umbrella, you can provide sufficient shade sails to your guests. You should  understand your space and size requirements so that you can decide whether it’s significant for you to buy a single umbrella or multiple umbrellas to cover the area. The first step is to measure the square footage of the area. You can do it by yourself or you can hire an expert to do it for you.


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Weather Resistance and Durability

One of the main things you should consider in choosing the right umbrella is to ensure its durability and weather-resistance. This is because the umbrella will be exposed in all weather at all times. All umbrellas should look well maintained and not beaten or worn out. Your umbrellas and outdoor furniture should last for more than a year.


Rust-Resistant Pole

It’s advised to choose poles in aluminum that are highly durable, rust-resistant and lightweight compared to solid wood and wrought iron. Wood and iron umbrellas tend to be very heavy, making it difficult to shift from one spot to another. With aluminum, it can be easy to paint and look good in any color.




Mold and Mildew Resistant

You also need to choose an umbrella with a canopy that is mold and mildew resistant because umbrellas are usually exposed to all types of weather. To avoid issue later down the road, make sure your purchase an umbrella that can withstand all ranges of weather.



Just like mold and mildew, the umbrella should be fade resistant. With a lower-end umbrella that has poor material, your new umbrella will look old and faded in no time. You can try to buy an umbrella that is built with marine-grade acrylic fabrics since they can last up to 10 years.




UV Protection

One of the most important reasons for having an umbrella in your outdoor area is to protect your guests. That’s why it’s recommended to buy an umbrella that has a thick UV resistant canopy fabric to withstand the rays of the sun.


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Right Accessories

It’s also recommended to be smart in buying umbrella accessories for your business. Shade FLA offers an incredible selection of high-end commercial and residential umbrellas from various brands. We have installed parasols at hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants, cafes, office parks, pool decks, and various other commercial operations. We have also installed at luxury private residences.

Depending on your needs, umbrellas can be installed as a fixed structure with a footer, or can fit into an easily transported rolling base. You can choose from parasols as small as a 5’6” square to as large as a 16’5″ x 23′ rectangle. We also offer logo or text printing.




  • Flexible use: Open, close, or move your umbrella as needed
  • Modern and classic designs to suit your style
  • Economical
  • Widest variety of color and print options
  • Easy to take down and store during storms

As a commercial umbrella supplier, ShadeFLA ships throughout the USA and exports to the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Ask about our commercial umbrella high-volume discounts. Our umbrellas are all custom manufactured in the USA and offer great strength and long lasting performance.

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