When choosing an umbrella to purchase, there are some things you should know. First, a Beach Umbrella and a Patio Umbrella are two different animals. They may look the same, but they have different requirements of which you should be aware.
Beach Umbrellas vs. Patio Umbrellas – Differences
When comparing Beach Umbrellas vs. Patio Umbrellas they may look very similar, they probably both shade you well, but
- Patio umbrellas tend to be much heavier. You are not carryingng them as much as you would a beach umbrella.
- The poles on Patio Umbrellas need to be thicker to avoid snapping.
- The poles on Patio Umbrellas fit inside a table hole and a base.
- Patio umbrellas require a base, and beach umbrellas don’t.
- Patio umbrellas tend to have a flat bottom pole. Flat bottoms are the least effective for digging or “planting,” though of course, they’re also the safest when it comes to potential impaling.
- Beach umbrellas need a pointed bottom to spike into the sand.
Beach Umbrellas vs. Patio Umbrellas – Materials
Aluminum is lightweight, which makes it easier to carry. It will also show years long before it is likely to break. Wood is more decorative and may be a better choice for a patio umbrella. Plastic, fiberglass, or PVC frames and poles can be good choices as well, as long as the diameter of the pole is at least an inch wide, and the plastic feels sturdy.