There are several factors to consider when trying to choose the best umbrella for your personal needs. The first thing that you need to consider is why you want an umbrella. Are you looking for rain protection, sun protection, or personal branding? Once you determine how you want your umbrella to function, you need to consider how often you’re going to use your umbrella. If you live in a rainy city and you commute to work every day, then you need to make sure that your umbrella is durable and easy to transport. If you’re looking for a beach umbrella that you’ll only use a couple of times a year, then you need to prioritize canopy diameter and UV protection.
Throughout this article, we’ll discuss all of the different types of umbrellas that you can invest in and what purposes each serves. By understanding the pros and cons of each type of umbrella, you can make a more informed decision about the type of umbrella that best fits your personal needs.
Choosing the Umbrella That’s Right For You
When you’re trying to find the perfect umbrella, you have to decide how and where you’re going to use your umbrella. Are you looking for a patio or beach umbrella? If so, you need to find an appropriate and sturdy base for your umbrella. You need to make sure that the umbrella is the correct size and you need to make sure that the umbrella is durable.
If you’re looking for an umbrella for the rain, you need to think about how often you’ll use it. You should also think about the type of climate that you live in which will determine how durable you need your umbrella to be. You need to think about choosing an umbrella with a frame and functionality that fits your needs. You’ll also want to make sure that your umbrella is the correct shape.
If you’re looking to get a branded or printed umbrella, then you’ll want to figure out which printing process is the most efficient and appropriate for your individual needs. In this article, I will cover all of the things that you need to consider before purchasing an umbrella or umbrellas.
Rain Umbrella Guide
Everyone understands that the purpose of a rain umbrella is to serve as protection against wet weather. However, many people don’t realize that there are several different types of rain umbrellas that are designed for specific functionality depending on the environment that they’re going to be deployed in.
The classic umbrella is the most common rain umbrella. These umbrellas are everyday umbrellas. They’re typically comprised of a metal shaft and a polyester canopy. They aren’t the
largest or the most durable umbrellas. However, if you’re a single person who lives in a moderately rainy climate, the classic umbrella is probably an adequate solution for you.
If you live in a climate where weather changes frequently or quickly, then you might consider a folding umbrella. Folding umbrellas are very compact and can be carried around in a handbag. This feature allows people to be prepared in the event of a sudden rain shower. Further, if you’re planning a vacation, then a folding umbrella can easily fit into a carry on bag.
If you live in a particularly rainy and windy climate then you might consider a storm umbrella. Storm umbrellas are comprised of a particularly strong and reinforced material. Further, they’re typically double layered to prevent the umbrella from blowing upwards during a storm. Storm umbrellas also usually have larger canopies which means that you can typically fit more than one person under the umbrella. If you have a family, you’d likely be able to fit your children under the canopy of a storm umbrella.
The automatic umbrella is another type of rain umbrella. Automatic umbrellas open and close at the touch of a button. If you’re someone whose hands are always full, then an automatic
umbrella can really come in handy. You won’t have to worry about fiddling with umbrellas while your hands are full of groceries or coffee or anything else. You can simply click a button and you’ll be protected.
Lastly, the golf umbrella is an umbrella with a large canopy that typically spans over 70 inches in diameter. Golf umbrellas are designed to provide protection for golfers and their clubs and bags during inclement weather. The large canopies that golf umbrellas provide make them particularly useful for people with large families who would like to own at least one umbrella that can provide shelter for everybody in the event of a sudden storm.
Beach Umbrella Guide
Beach umbrellas are large umbrellas that provide shade and UV protection. Beach umbrellas are most commonly used at the beach, hotels resorts, restaurants or around a pool at a
person’s residence. If you’re considering purchasing a beach umbrella, then there are several factors you’ll want to consider. Those factors include size, UV protection, location, and durability.
Considering Size of Your Beach Umbrella
Beach umbrellas typically come in two sizes; 6-7 ft. umbrellas, and 7-13 ft. umbrellas. It’s important to note that these measurements consider the size of the canopy as opposed to the height of the umbrella. The 6-7 ft. beach umbrella is typically large enough to accommodate two people. 6-7 ft. umbrellas have less material than larger umbrellas and, therefore, they weigh less and easier to transport. The pole of a 6-7 ft. umbrella is usually around 1.25 inches in diameter. It’s important to note this because you’ll want to purchase an anchor that accommodates your beach umbrella. Otherwise, you can also purchase beach umbrellas with a built-in anchor.
7-13 ft. Umbrellas are larger and can accommodate more people. Most people don’t choose umbrellas that are larger than 9 ft. as it would become incredibly inconvenient to transport
anything larger. Larger beach umbrellas are good for groups of 6-8 people. They can weigh up to 16 pounds and can be more inconvenient to transport. Umbrellas that are 7-8 ft. may use an aluminum pole. However, for anything larger than that you should consider a wooden pole as it will be more sturdy.
Consider Protection from the Sun
Beach umbrellas are measured by UPF protection which gauges the amount of radiation from the sun that is absorbed by the fabric. A fabric with a UPF of 50, will reduce the amount of your skins radiation exposure by 50 times. For good UV protection, you want an umbrella with a UPF rating of 15-24. For very good UV protection, you want an umbrella with a UPF rating between 25-39. For excellent UV protection, you want an umbrella with a UPF rating 40 or higher.
Consider the Location and Use of Your Beach Umbrella
Beach umbrellas are designed for different uses and locations. People who are homeowners with pools or backyard areas might consider purchasing a market or patio umbrella with a
common umbrella base. Restaurants, hotels, and sidewalk cafes might consider a similar type of beach umbrella, but with commercial grade construction.
However, if you’re looking for personal protection from the sun at the beach, you might consider a clamp on umbrella. These umbrellas are convenient and come with adjustable clamps to fit the size of your beach chair. If you aren’t looking to accommodate multiple people, then a clamp on umbrella may suffice.
Printed Umbrella Guide
If you’re looking for printed umbrellas for personal or business branding purposes, then you want to consider all of the different strategies and options before purchasing your own printed umbrella.
One method of printing on umbrellas includes silk-screen printing. Silk-screen printing is a process whereby a stencil is used to create the design that you’re trying to print. A roller or squeegee is then moved across the screen stencil, forcing ink past the threads of a woven mesh in the open areas, and printing onto the layers underneath. Silk-screen printing is good for printing large logos or onto large objects. It also provides strong resistance against light which is good for products like beach umbrellas.
Another printing method is heat transfer printing. This technique involves using heat to transfer the desired pattern onto a substrate. Heat transfer printing is great for multicolored printing and can allow for photographic images to be transferred onto a canvas. Heat transfer printing is also more cost-effective than silk-screen printing and would make sense for companies looking to purchase umbrellas in bulk.
The last printing method, digital printing, is a printing method in which an image is sent directly to a printer using digital files, such as PDFs, from graphics software. Digital printing is highly cost-effective and allows for easy last-minute changes to a design. File preparation is also much easier for those who are unfamiliar with commercial printing processes.
How to Choose Which Umbrella is Best For You
This article details a number of things to consider when trying to choose the best umbrella for you. Do you need an umbrella for rain protection, sun protection, or branding purposes? How durable would you like your umbrella to be? How and where do you use your umbrella? These are all questions to ask and this article should help you sort some of these questions out. Ultimately, it’s important to understand that not all umbrellas are created equal. Each is created with a specific function in mind and there is certainly an umbrella out there that serves the function you’re looking for.