From Muhammad Aamir

The idea of a perfect outdoor umbrella is how it can comfortably shade you in the sun and shelter you from the rain. But there are several myths surrounding such outdoor café umbrellas, especially regarding their shape,

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The idea of a perfect outdoor umbrella is how it can comfortably shade you in the sun and shelter you from the rain. But there are several myths surrounding such outdoor café umbrellas, especially regarding their shape, colour and other characteristics.

Be it white, or black umbrellas, patio or cantilever umbrellas, you often get confused with their varied features. Luckily, we are here to dispel all the misconceptions regarding umbrellas. To learn more, read on…

Black umbrellas are hotter

One of the most common questions is regarding black umbrellas, and if they are hotter than the white variety, or other restaurant umbrellas. Interestingly, almost all colour umbrellas can block nearly 90% of it and protect you from UV rays. Hence the colour black doesn’t make a difference in terms of heat percentage. 

But, among all colours, those in black and charcoal are the top picks for protection in the hot Australian summer. This is because black absorbs more heat and light. So the heat doesn’t permeate inside, meaning that you can stay cool under the shade of our branded outdoor umbrellas. 

Imagine yourself sitting under the shade of an umbrella on a sunny day. The black fabric of the umbrella is absorbing a lot of heat. While some of the heat does percolate down, you still might not feel the heat so much thanks to the heat-absorbing object above you. So black umbrellas can cool you down better than any other colour.

Another important feature is that black does not fade as fast as other colours and this versatile hue matches almost anything and is perfect against any background or weather. But one must choose as per his or her personal taste and style.

Cantilever umbrellas are weak

Many believe that cantilever umbrellas are not meant for outdoor use. However, the offset patio umbrella (another name for a cantilever umbrella) is very durable provided you choose a branded outdoor umbrella.  

There are several models and styles, quality and strength levels to choose from.

The cheaper imported cantilever outdoor umbrellas are weak since they are made with low-quality materials and this is one of the primary reasons the canopies won’t last long. Hence choosing the correct material goes a long way in increasing the life of a cantilever umbrella.

The most popular fabric that one must choose from are:

  • Acrylic: One of the best umbrella fabrics, it is resistant to weather elements and can be used all year around. It provides you more than 95% protection from the UV rays and is waterproof. It is also available in many solid colours.
  • Polyester: It has almost similar characteristics to acrylic. The fabric is adaptable and resilient.
  • Olefin: Olefin is a popular choice because it is an eco-friendly outdoor fabric that is resilient. It offers you a high degree of UV protection. It is long-lasting and available in checked and striped designs.
  • PVC Vinyl: It is a tough fabric made for extreme Australian weather conditions. This material repels UV rays and heat and is good for long-term use.
  • Spanish recasens: A high-quality Spanish acrylic, the fabric is long-lasting and available in beautiful colours.
  • Italian Para Tempotest: Tempotest is another top-quality fabric in acrylic and is known for its durability.

Options for frames:

  • Aluminium: Aluminium is the best fit for an outdoor café umbrella frame. It is lightweight and durable and lends a modern vibe to your space. The frames are corrosion-resistant and strong and that’s why they don’t break easily in high winds, thus making the umbrellas durable.
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass frames are another great choice for restaurant umbrellas as they are wind-resistant and one of the most durable products. It is lightweight and corrosion-resistant.
  • Steel: Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant and a strong material that is resilient to rust.

Umbrellas have the same shape 

There are different shapes and styles of branded outdoor umbrellas. While some common canopy shapes include square or octagonal, there are lots of other options to choose from.

You can try looking for umbrellas in a variety of shapes and colours to give your backyard or pool area or garden a unique aesthetic. Traditional square and hexagonal shapes make it easier to find a replacement cover for your deck or patio.

Shade sails are better than shade umbrellas

Since shade sails have become popular in recent years, this has also become a common misconception. But we recommend outdoor umbrellas over shade sails for many reasons, one of which is these umbrellas are much easier to install and fold rather than being stuck in just one place and position.

Shade sails might also look amazing but there have been instances when shade umbrellas might be better suited to your needs. 


When you are buying an umbrella, you must have no doubts in your mind about the product. But we would always recommend you purchase a good quality product. You must also take into consideration where you stay. If you reside in a windy area, then you must go for a wind-resistant umbrella. This will ensure that your umbrella doesn’t topple over or blow away in heavy winds.

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