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Commercial Umbrellas are as ubiquitous as outdoor coffee shops, restaurants, and swimming pools.  A nicely shaded table is an absolute necessity for casual outdoor diners and coffee aficionados.  And with today’s warnings about too much sun exposure, umbrellas are a requirement at poolside.   Besides, the vibrant colors will decorate your entire pool area as well as any outdoor dining area.  Commercial Umbrellas are offered in a variety of materials and designs for specific applications.  They must be attractive and be able to withstand constant, destructive weather conditions. Let’s review the major types of umbrellas.


Fabric Umbrellas are perhaps the most common type of Commercial Umbrellas sold in the United States.  They are built with a commercial grade fabric that is designed to endure harsh weather conditions found at beaches, hotels, and mountain retreats.  The fabric must be resilient enough to withstand strong winds and not tear and impervious to a strong, down pouring rain.  The fabric must also be resistant to mildew and the sun’s damaging rays.  The fabric should also have some UV inhibitors to prevent color fade over time. In addition, the fabric should have a “breath-ability” that means it won't trap heat or moisture.  This is a long list of qualities that an umbrella fabric should have but today’s technology can produce these types of fabrics.


Vinyl Umbrellas are suitable for less demanding Commercial Umbrella applications.  They are more suitable for locations that have constant temperatures and less damaging weather conditions.  Usually these umbrellas are sold with an aluminum pole with a tilt mechanism and are folded with a crank handle.


Wind-Resistance Umbrellas are specially designed Commercial Umbrellas for locations that experience frequent and strong winds.  They are built with a wind vent at the top of the umbrella that allows wind and air to escape.  They also are built with unique fiberglass ribs that are very strong and will flex with the wind. They are usually sold with an aluminum pole with a tilt mechanism.


Fiberglass Umbrellas are very tough and weather resistant Commercial Umbrellas.  They have a very long lifespan and are more durable than fabric or vinyl.  They are usually built in seven or eight foot diameters and will tilt and swivel on the pole during windy conditions.  A protective coating up to 20 milliliters thick with UV inhibitors will help prevent color fading from sun exposure.


Aluminum Patio Umbrellas are some of the most durable Commercial Umbrellas available.  They possess an aerodynamic design that gives them a high degree of wind resistance. This design allows the umbrella to open and rotate slightly in windy conditions, thereby redirecting the wind up and safely away. These umbrellas are usually decorated and protected with a variety of color thermoplastic coatings.  These umbrellas can be left outside for constant use and are virtually topple proof.  Their durability and low maintenance will give provide years of longevity.


Commercial Umbrellas should be purchased with a base unit to provide stability and prevent toppling.  Generally there are two types of umbrellas bases available, concrete and steel.  Concrete bases are made of concrete and usually measure about 19 inches in diameter and 14 inches in height.  They will function well with umbrella poles of 1 1/2" - 1 3/4" diameter.  Steel bases are usually made of steel and then coated with a thermoplastic covering for corrosion protection.  Generally they will accommodate umbrella poles up to 2” in diameter. Steel bases have the added advantages of being available with wheels and with bolt down options.


XPB Lockers & Supply carries a wide variety of Commercial Lavatories, Commercial Outdoor Furnishings, Storage Lockers, Bleachers, Commercial Mailboxes and deliver nationwide. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-877-483-9270 and we will find it for you. Our home office is located in New Braunfels, Texas with distributors located in all 50 States including Houston, TX, New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., Dallas TX, San Antonio, TX., and Austin, TX.

This article was published on Wednesday 09 June, 2010.

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