Umbrella came from the Latin word “umbra” which unsurprisingly, means shade. Umbrellas were made not for the rainy season but for protection against the heat of the sun. It is believed that the first umbrellas were inspired by the canopies of trees. China, in around 11th B.C. made the first umbrella. Egypt, India, Nineveh and Persepolis are also some places where the first umbrellas were made. The first umbrella was said to be made from a branch of a tree and a large leaf.
The word parasol is new to a lot of people but from its root word in Latin, para means to prepare while sol means sun. This is why a parasol is regarded as a sun protector and an umbrella as a protector for rain but nowadays the word umbrella is used for both.
Evidence also shows that the Romans and Greeks have also used umbrellas but their invention never became popular, unlike that of the Chinese.
Umbrellas are basic necessities nowadays, may it be a small umbrella which we put in our handbags or large umbrellas that also serve as walking sticks or even the big patio umbrellas which help protect us from the heat while lounging in our backdoor.Umbrellas are a good investment, especially patio umbrellas because not only will it protect you and your family from the heat while you enjoy your yard, but it can also serve as an added decoration, one which could catch a lot of attention.
There are a lot of things you have to consider when buying a patio umbrella. If you are looking for a good design on your patio, be sure to choose a color that is pleasing to the eye.
A lot of interior decorators have made a lot of beautiful designs in patios and yards just by basing on the patio umbrella. The trick mostly, is to find a good and sturdy umbrella that is worth the price and at the same time can give you a lot of options to choose from.
Some things you have to consider before buying a patio umbrella is firstly, its size. Try to find an umbrella that would fit the size you want and have at home. Also assess how much shade you want to have, a bigger umbrella would often give you a larger shade than a smaller umbrella. There are a lot of patio umbrella sizes ranging from around 4 foot to an 11 foot.
Next, decide on the height of your patio umbrella. Usual patio umbrellas are around 8 feet.
Also consider that there are patio umbrellas which have tilting options. These are a good option to decide on because an umbrella with tilting option oftentimes gives more options for shade. The tilting option will allow you to adjust you umbrella depending on where the sun’s rays are hitting.
You may also consider between a table patio umbrella and a free standing patio umbrella. Both will still need stands but umbrellas which are thru the tables usually need a lighter base.