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Why is everybody choosing 9 foot market umbrellas for their patio these days? They figured out the obvious: the sun doesn't hang only at high noon. Having a standard umbrella just a little bigger than your patio table works fine between 11am and 1pm. But around happy hour that hot summer sun is at quite an angle, and half of your friends are scrambling for shade. Bigger market umbrellas cover those angles so you can all relax in the lap of luxury.
Bigger is better
It's not just a practical consideration, but a style choice too. Once you see how inviting a large outdoor patio umbrella looks, you'll have a hard time staying out from under it. They say, "C'mon over and relax a while." They're called market umbrellas because businesses discovered that customers linger longer. Regular umbrellas start to look like a little beanie on your table's head.
9 Foot Market Umbrella
Your yard is full of greens and browns. Those colors make a great complement for the vivid, festive colors available on market umbrellas. Brilliant red, blue, orange and yellow solid colors turn your patio into a party. Choose a bold stripe pattern, even a customized logo. The latest trends include antique upholstery patterns like florals, dots and paisleys in muted earth tones including gold, rust, silver and ochre.
All this is possible thanks to scientific breakthroughs in fabric. The days of fading, mildew and rot are over. Modern outdoor patio umbrella fabrics like Obravia, Solefin, Sunbrella and GeoBella don't fade. They repel moisture and dust. You can hose them off and leave them up all year round. Some offer soft, breathable materials made from recycled plastics that are as Earth-friendly as they are weather-loving. Vented caps allow heat and humidity out so you and your gang feel fresher and enjoy your time together better.
Our pole position
Half the fun of market umbrellas is choosing the frame. Wood frames are rustic, casual and comforting. The versatility of steel and aluminum umbrella stands allows designers to create garden sculptures, like offset umbrellas, that seem to defy gravity. Some open by hand, others use cranks to do the heavy lifting, which is a nice advantage on a larger patio umbrella.
Your choice of market umbrella bases is nearly endless. Classic cast aluminum, steel and iron scroll mounts are legendary. Sleek, simple umbrella bases are catching up, many using water or concrete for added stability and convenience. Some have wheels so you can take your umbrella to where the party is.
Which way are you leaning?
While you're taking a stand, try a new angle. Market umbrellas look especially good at a rakish slant, and tilt umbrellas stand and deliver. They also help you follow the sun while avoiding the wind. On a purely visual angle, it's inviting to tilt your umbrella so it opens toward your eager guests.
One thing is certain: patio umbrellas don't look inviting if they're frayed, crooked and wobbly. Stick to the best market umbrella and patio umbrella vendors, including California Umbrella, Coral Coast, FiberBuilt and Galtech. They have the experience and innovation to make beautiful market umbrellas that are lightweight yet stable, strong enough to defy windy, rainy days with a smile. What may cost a few dollars more today will pay back many times over in years of reliable enjoyment.
9 Foot Market Umbrella