The Humble Parasol - a Good Shade Solution?

Everybody loves to make use of the garden outside their house and some folks enjoy this so much that they usually go a little further and put up a parasol. A parasol makes the garden an even better place for relaxation and all kinds of activities because it shields you from the elements, especially the sun.

What exactly is a parasol?

A parasol is a kind of umbrella device designed to shield you from the sunlight. That is why another name for it is a sunshade. The term “parasol” originated from the Latin word “para” which means shelter or shield. Today we have some very modern cute looking parasols that people put up in their gardens but the reality is that they have been around for thousands of years and were very popular in Ancient Greece and Rome.

If you are about to purchase a parasol it is important to understand a few key facts otherwise you risk ending up with all kinds of problems. To start with you have to decide how long you would like to keep the parasol. Is it just for a single event or short term use? Or do you want something a little more permanent? This is an important question to ask and answer before you settle on what kind of frame you want for your sunshade. Generally parasols have a frame that is either wood or aluminum. Aluminum ones are naturally lighter and will last much longer.

You will also need to decide whether you want a fixed shade or one with a rotating canopy. The advantage of having a parasol with a rotating canopy is that you can tilt it and adjust it depending on the angle of the sun so that you and your visitors are shielded from the sun at all times. A fixed one will be difficult to move or adjust.

Things usually go wrong for first time buyers because they fail to seriously consider what size they need for the space in their gardens. These folks will quickly select something because it looks nice without taking into consideration the size of the table. Just remember that the parasol has to be bigger than the table so that it completely covers it.


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You will also need to carefully consider what material you want your sunshade to be made of. This is because you do not want the colors to fade after a short time and you may also want protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Do read the care tags very carefully.

If you take these few pertinent points into considerations you will find that parasols can be a lot of fun and very useful additions to your beautiful garden that can easily be made to blend with your existing furniture and set up.

But it is equally important to look at other options to the parasol. For instance you can consider shade sails. What are shade sails? They can also be used to provide shelter in your garden but are based on the same principle as a ship’s sail. Shade sails have some huge advantages.

To start with they are very effective in blocking harmful UV rays of the sun. In hotter climates the sun and these harmful rays can be a very serious problem, quite often causing skin cancer. Experts say that Sun shades can be much more effective than parasols when it comes to this kind of protection.

These shades are usually made from special weather and water resistant fabric and at the same time has a very airy nature because of the way it is installed. This means that they usually end up being cooler sometimes as much as 20 degrees cooler than what a parasol or other shade would provide, according to research. And so if heat or uncomfortable warmth during summer is a problem then you might want to take a look at Shade sails right away.

Also because they are made from knitted fabric, they are very easy to fasten to posts or even trees. This makes it very easy for you to set them up and remove them. The fact that they do not have to be permanent structures has no doubt contributed to their great popularity. They are also very reasonably priced.

In conclusion the best advise anybody can give you is that you take a serious look at parasols and shade sails to see what is best suited for your unique situation and requirements.

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