We are already in spring and summer is just a couple of months away. And it’s that time of the year when the sand and salt water start calling out to all beachgoers in Australia. The white pristine beaches allure you to plop down your beach chair and unwind.
While we want you to relax and enjoy your day on the sandy shores, we would also like to suggest 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.
A beach umbrella is quite different from a patio umbrella. These outdoor umbrellas have additional features like giving you an extra layer of protection against UV Rays. Most of these heavy duty umbrellas come with an additional UV coating on the fabric that blocks the sun’s harmful rays from penetrating the umbrella.
Other than sheltering you from UV rays, beach umbrellas can also protect you from sudden heavy showers as well. And we all know and have experienced how rain can spoil our fun and relaxation on the beach. Therefore, you can opt for a waterproof umbrella and spend quality time on the beach.
Now that you understand the primary purpose of a beach umbrella, you also need to consider other factors before buying a beach umbrella. One such factor is that these heavy duty outdoor umbrellas can be used as perfect shade solutions for outdoor picnics or tailgating parties.
Keep reading to learn more about these factors that impact the way a beach umbrella functions:
Portability: When you go to the beach, you probably wouldn’t want to carry a heavy outdoor umbrella with you. So you must opt for an umbrella that is lightweight and made of materials that don’t weigh much. Aluminum-framed umbrellas are perfect examples of beach umbrellas that aren’t too heavy. This is because aluminium is a lightweight metal.
Material: We have already 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 umbrella is made of a material that is effective against UV rays. Polyester is one such material which is UV-resistant. It is strong, versatile, long-lasting, and doesn’t fade easily.
Anchor system: It isn’t an easy task to set up your umbrellas on the tricky sands on the beaches. So you can opt for a heavy-duty sand anchor, water weights, or metal plates to secure your umbrella. In fact, a sandbag anchor is a good choice because it requires no digging and you can rely on the weighted bag to keep the umbrella upright.
We must also tell our readers that sometimes you might have to buy an anchor system separately because beach umbrellas may or may not come with a base. So you must double-check before buying an umbrella.
Mechanism: Your umbrella should be easy to open and close. This is to ensure that you don’t have to fiddle with your umbrella much. So opening a heavy duty umbrella shouldn’t be a complicated process, while you should be able to contract the umbrella comfortably when it’s time to head home.
Easy to tilt: The sun’s position keeps changing in the sky. To make sure that your heavy duty outdoor 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 umbrella left and right, forward and backwards, according to the sun’s position.
Wind resistance: Other than sun and rain, the other crucial factor that you must take into account is the wind. You can forecast the weather but it is very difficult to predict how and when the wind will blow and at what speed. So you must look for an umbrella that is wind-resistant. However, we must take this opportunity to 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 high winds.
Design and colour: Beach umbrellas typically come in bright colours and unique designs and patterns. Vibrant colours help you spot your umbrellas from a distance because they stand out among the crowd. You can also customise an umbrella with graphics of your choice. At times, you can also choose umbrellas designed for kids with graphics of popular movies or TV show characters.
Beach umbrellas might have to face inclement weather conditions such as rain and storm apart from the sun’s harmful rays and high winds. So it is always a good practice to not compromise on the quality of an umbrella. Buying good products typically comes with the assurance that they will be durable. So you must choose top-quality fabric and frame that will last long.
We are certain that after going through 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.