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Patio Umbrella & The Green House Effect

The title of the writeup may sound funny to you, but I have my reason in putting that to paper. You must be wondering by now, what has Patio umbrellas got to do with Green house effect. Well the reason I compare both in a literally sense is because of the common word – protect – between them. One gives us protection from many natural excesses like scorching sun or heavenly, sometimes not so heavenly, shower while the other we need to protect our earth and environment from. It is common knowledge by now that because of the hole in the ozone layer, because of the pressure of population and man’s greed for a better lifestyle at the cost of environment, the average temperature has rises by few degrees over the last few years. Our summers are hotter and winters are less extreme. Last year both the continents of Europe and Americas experienced extreme temperature fluctuations that they had not seen over the last 30 to 40 years. Hence we should be aware of our responsibilities in protecting the environment.

But to me protection starts with self. If I am unaware of the ways and means to protect myself (from many challenges and dangers that befall us from time to time), then in all likelihood, I will not be aware of my responsibility to protect the people around me and the environment around me. An example can be, protecting myself from the 2 dangers of nature namely heat and rain. It is very simple to protect oneself from these 2 extremes of nature. All you need is an umbrella. If you are on the move you would need a portable and handy umbrella. Similarly on the beach you would need beach umbrellas and at your home in the balcony or patio you will need a market or patio umbrellas.

Patio umbrellas come mainly in 2 sizes. One is the 9 footer and the other is the 11 footer. Even though they are available in various sizes, the most popular is the eight rib umbrella or the hexagonal six rib version. That said there is no hard and fast rule as such. These days they are available in various other shapes as well as sizes. You will find them in unique and interesting shapes like square, oval, rectangular and lo behold even in Triangle shape.

The biggest market for these umbrellas is the Americas, namely United States of America, Canada and Mexico. USA leads the pack with an industry estimated at over 200 million dollars. The second largest market is Europe. The emerging economies of Asia are also catching up with their counterparts in North America and Europe. China has emerged as the country which is giving a good run for their money to the manufacturers in USA and Europe. It has emerged as the most favored country to source the products at the same quality at prices that are half then what you would normally get in USA and Europe. If you buy the market or patio umbrellas these days from the retail market, there is a strong chance that you will see the tag ‘made in China’ written boldly on it. All said and done, for the ordinary consumer this is good news as this will bring down the prices in the near future. If more and more people buy the same it is my assessment that we will be contributing our positive bit towards the greenhouse effect and in making our earth a better place to live in.

Spring Into The Garden With Your Outdoor Patio Umbrella

Spring Into The Garden With Your Outdoor Patio Umbrella
Spring is here and if you haven’t already, it is time to prepare for the fun days of summer. There are no two better places to enjoy these times other than your back yard or in the great outdoors whether it is at the beach or along the banks of a river. The key ingredient needed is of course an Outdoor Patio Umbrella. This might seem like an unusual item to be considered a key ingredient, but with the constant research being done with regard to the sun’s strength and damaging rays, it is an acknowledged fact that people using the outdoors need to protect themselves from the damaging UV rays. This is done by a combination of sunscreens, clothing and a shade structure such as an umbrella or shade sail.
The UV rays are not just focused on us directly by the sun, but also are reflected off the ground and surrounding structures. It is therefore recommended that you make use of the largest possible outdoor patio umbrella that can be used under the circumstances. External influences limiting the size would range from how windy the location is, to any physical features such as a tree or low hanging roof structure that might block the use altogether or limit the size. The design and manufacture of the umbrella can help to a large extent in overcoming these limitations.
For shade over a table you have the option of an umbrella that is located through the center of the table and if the table is not designed with a hole in the center to accept the umbrella the user has the ability to use an offset umbrella that will allow you to cover the complete table as well. Regardless of the style of umbrella that you are using, canopies with wind vents built into them, effectively allow the wind pressure to be released from under the umbrella, providing improved wind resilience. Other factors contributing to the ability of the structure to withstand wind damage would be the materials used for the frame. Pricing of the product is very often influenced by the quality of the materials. Some manufacturers make use of poles and ribs that are manufactured from a thicker aluminum or metal, while others will use materials such as fiberglass for the ribs. The theory being that the fiberglass ribs will flex and return to their original shape under windy conditions. Different grades of wood are also used in the manufacture, again having a direct influence on the wear resilience. Outdoor Patio Umbrellas range in size from seven foot to sixteen foot and beach umbrellas are usually supplied in six foot diameter. Commercial Grade umbrellas besides having better quality materials and components, also generally do not offer cranks for opening and closing the umbrella, nor tilt mechanisms. These components, although useful, tend to be the “Achilles heel” of patio umbrellas, making them more susceptible to wind damage. These commercial patio umbrellas are a great investment for any hotel, restaurant or country club.