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Things To Consider When Buying Marine Grade Umbrellas

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By : Johney Maron    99 or more times read
Some would think that an umbrella designed for protection from the direct rays of the sun is just that. An umbrella. However, there are significant differences between your run of the mill umbrella and a marine grade umbrella. And some of the differences are very important when it comes to effectiveness, reliability and return on investment.

Make no mistake, when purchasing an umbrella, especially one for a commercial situation canít be an off the cuff decision. Walking into your average department store and grabbing one off the shelf isnít going to be a reasonable option here, simply because the ones sold there just wonít fit the bill. Granted, they are designed to provide shade, but all in all, that is about the extent of their capabilities. Thatís where taking the time when looking for quality, real quality, in all aspects will pay dividends down the road.

There are multiple aspects of how the umbrella is designed to take into account. First and foremost, will it stand up to being exposed to the elements day after day? Is the quality of the material used in the canopy tough enough to withstand repeated openings and closings? Next, will it tolerate long days in the bright sunshine without fading? And are the seams strong enough to bear up under constant stress from breezes and even some strong winds? How well does it clean up after use?

Next, is the quality of the support structure capable of bearing up under the loads it will be asked to endure? Is the center pole sufficient? How about the ribs that give the umbrella its shape? Weíve all seen the silly TV shows and movies where the hapless actor is trying to maneuver around with a cheap umbrella in a storm. However, if you apply that scenario to something as expensive and important as a marine grade umbrella, will the one you select be capable of giving you the service you expect?

Last, will the design of the umbrella truly give you the protection youíre looking for? Is the material UV opaque? Will the overall design allow you to maneuver in and out, have room for everything you want to have protected, and still give you the solar protection you expect and still have the stability and long wearing properties you need to have from a product you expect to last years?

No, simply walking into your average shop and grabbing something off the shelf isnít always going to give you all these important elements. Professional grade marine umbrellas have hours and hours of thought put into them. Also, the best of these have specially selected materials chosen to not only give you the quality you expect, but to give you the reliability you want. Find a professional in your area, sit down with their salesmen and design teams, and truly get what you are paying for.
Author Johney Maron has been in the landscaping and consulting business for over 15 years, with companies using creative solutions with luxury marine grade umbrellas . Why not begin your design solutions beginning with garden or beach parasol today.

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