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What is a Commercial Patio Umbrella?

Posted by Jen Zurowski on

What is the difference between a commercial patio umbrella and a home patio umbrella?
Commercial patio umbrellas are for use in settings such as hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, and other businesses.  Since umbrellas in commercial settings get more frequent use than those in residential settings, they must be made with more durability to hold up to heavy use.

What are the functional differences?
Commercial patio umbrellas are made with higher quality materials suited for the constant and daily use required of them in commercial settings. They typically have fabrics that are more fade-resistant, and frames that are more wind-resistant and durable.  Commercial patio umbrellas also often have less features such as tilt or crank open, since those features are more susceptible to breakage.  If the products are for commercial use, they should say so in their description, otherwise they are likely for home/residential use.

What features should I look for?
For the frame, we recommend fiberglass if your budget allows - it is strong and flexible.  For the fabric, look for a fabric that has a no-fade warranty/guarantee of at least one or two years and more if possible.  In terms of features, we recommend sticking with a simple pulley and pin system for opening and no tilt feature...this reduces the chance of failure/breakage.  Check out our blog post here for more information on choosing a Commercial Patio Umbrella.

How can I best use Commercial Patio Umbrellas for my business?
Every outdoor space can be improved with the addition of a commercial patio umbrella. Patio umbrellas can provide a pop of color as well as extended branding (if you choose to print your logo on them), which can provide eye-catching advertising for your business.  They also provide decor and shade protection, adding attractiveness and comfort for guests. Patio umbrellas can set the tone for any space, so it is important to consider this in your selection.  For example, small round umbrellas stationed over small tables can create a feel of intimacy, whereas our large offset patio umbrellas with lounge chairs on a pool deck can contribute to a relaxed, casual feel.

At Cheeky Umbrella, we are the umbrella experts. We manufacture our own products so we can ensure the highest quality, and we sell them direct to you at manufacturer-direct prices.  Browse our premium quality rain umbrellas and patio umbrellas!


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