The Australian summer is already here. It’s that time of the year when the sandy beaches and the sea start calling out to all beachgoers in Australia. A day spent in the sun unwinds you and makes you feel rejuvenated.
While we want you to relax and enjoy your day on the shores, we would also like to advise that you carry a beach umbrella that can provide a much-needed respite from the harsh rays of the sun and reduce the risk of sunburn.
Often you might confuse between a beach and a patio umbrella but let us tell you that both are different from each other. A beach umbrella has additional features which results in an extra layer of protection against UV Rays. These heavy duty umbrellas come with an additional UV coating on the fabric or the canopy that blocks the sun’s harmful rays from penetrating the umbrella.
Other than sheltering you from the harmful rays, beach umbrellas can also protect you from rain as well. We all know and have experienced how rain can spoil our fun on the beach. Therefore, you can choose a waterproof umbrella in order to spend quality time on the beach.
Now that you understand the main function of a beach umbrella, you also need to consider other factors before buying one. One such aspect is that these heavy duty umbrellas can be used as perfect shade solutions for outdoor picnics or tailgating parties.
Keep reading to learn about these aspects that impact the way a beach umbrella functions:
Portability: When you go to the beach, you probably wouldn’t want to carry a heavy branded outdoor umbrella with you. So you must opt for an umbrella that weighs less and made of materials that don’t weigh much. Aluminum-framed umbrellas are good examples of beach umbrellas that aren’t too heavy.
Material: We have told you that the primary purpose of a beach umbrella is to shield you from the sun. So you need to make sure that your device is made of a material that is effective against the sun’s harmful rays. Polyester is UV-resistant and is strong, versatile, long-lasting, and doesn’t fade easily.
Anchor system: It could be a laborous task to set up your umbrellas on the tricky sands on Australian beaches. So you can opt for a heavy-duty sand anchor, water weights, or metal plates to secure your device. A sandbag anchor is a good option since it doesn’t require any digging and you can rely on the weighted bag to keep the umbrella straight.
We must also inform our readers that sometimes you might have to buy an anchor system separately because beach umbrellas may or may not come with a base. That’s why you must always check before buying an umbrella.
Mechanism: Your umbrella should be easy to operate and you should be able to open and close it comfortably. This is to ensure that you don’t have to fiddle much with your device. You should also be able to contract the umbrella comfortably when it’s time to head home.
Easy to tilt: The sun’s position keeps changing. In order to make sure that your cantilever patio umbrella gives you the right amount of coverage irrespective of the sun’s position, you must choose a beach umbrella with a tilt feature. The tilt mechanism will help you adjust your branded outdoor umbrella left and right, forward and backwards, according to the sun’s position.
Wind resistance: Besides the sun and rain, the other important factor that you must consider is the wind. You can forecast the weather but it is very difficult to predict the wind speed and how it will blow. So you must look for a wind-resistant umbrella. However, we must suggest you pack your umbrellas if the wind speed increases at any point in time. This is because the strongest umbrellas could topple or blow away against strong winds.
Design and colour: Beach umbrellas typically come in bright, vibrant and bold colours and unique designs and patterns. A colourful umbrella is easy to locate from a distance because they stand out. You can also customise an umbrella with unique design and graphics of your choice.
Beach umbrellas might have to face harsh weather conditions such as rain and storm apart from the sun’s harmful rays. So it’s better if you try not to compromise on the quality of an umbrella. Buying quality products comes with the assurance that they will be durable. So you must choose top-quality fabric and frame that will last long and worth your money.
We are certain that after reading this blog, you won’t forget to pack your brand-new beach umbrella along with your beach towels, well-stocked cooler, and comfortable beach chairs.