Patio Umbrella Choices For Blocking Sun

jaxoJuly 13, 2012

What's more convenient and effective way to shade an area as the sun moves during the day?

A titltable patio umbrella in a table and just tilt the umbrella for shade when the sun moves lower in the sky or have a separate free standing umbrella in a Shademobile stand and move it as needed to put the shade where you want?

Having the umbrella in the table seems more space efficient, but I wonder if tilting the umbrella would get in the way of the person sitting on the wrong end of the table?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
karinl(BC Z8)

Yes, tilting the umbrella gets in the way, and a non-tiltable umbrella is only useful for half the table, so you get half the table shaded either way. A separate source of shade seems the better way to go, and any contraption revelling the name "shademobile" might do the trick.

What I find about umbrellas though is that they produce shade, but not cool air. A tree, in contrast, will harbour a mass of cool air, as might a pergola or trellis with a vine to a lesser degree, depending on the amount of foliage mass that has accumulated.

There are also those cantilevered umbrellas that stand off to the side and arch over the area you want to shade, but it appears to be a challenge to keep those standing.

Karin L

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 2:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I may try a Shademobile or any other umbrella stand with wheels and just move it as needed. Maybe both. I could have an umbrella in the table plus another umbrella on rollers so I could move it by lounge chairs or to have a shady spot to stand while grilling outside.

I want low maintenance so I don't want to wait a decade for a shade tree to grow and then deal with trimming branches, cleaning leaves up off the ground and out of gutters and dealing with messes left by birds.
A patio cover could work, but too expensive for a nice one.

Maybe a cool water misting system is a solution to have a cool area to sit outside on hot, sunny days.?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 4:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It all sounds fabulous on a day as hot as this.

We also struggle with the umbrella and wind issue. Even in a heavy duty stand, on the mtn i live on the wind gets under the umbrella and sails it away. I am thinking of building a pergola with retractable sail cloth on it. We need the sun most of the time, but we have to get shade in the summer.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 4:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

This looks interesting. $999 is expensive, but still cheap compared to installing a patio cover.
I don't like the way t pole looks so much like a portable basketball hoop.
I would also need HOA approval since it will be much taller than the fence and plainly visible from the street.
Assembly may be an issue due to the size.
I may just go with a 8-9 ft market umbrella or two on a mobile base, but I'll consider this if it fits in the space.

Here is a link that might be useful: Umbrella Video

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 6:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

I watched the Umbrella Video and noticed it didn't show the block of shade cast. So it probably works only at high noon in midsummer and if it's positioned right over the chair or chaise. Not very useful. And when you add in the wind issue (our good 8 ft. umbrella goes over, heavy stand and all, when a good gust comes along), it's not worth the price.

I looked at those RV awnings that run down the length of the trailer and had one installed over my deck along the house wall. Pulls out 8 ft. and it's 16 ft. long and very sturdy and stable (more stable than the pullout awnings made for house decks -- go online and look up "RV awnings"). Easier to move your chair to its shade than to crank down the wheels on the umbrellamobile and drag it around.


    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 11:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The voice in the video says it can be adjusted "from flat to almost vertical" and I saw it change angle a bit while she was setting it up. So, it should be able to handle the sun coming from different angles.
There are more than chairs outside. I wouldn't want to move tables and barbecue to the shade, so a mobile umbrella seems to make sense.
The one in the video might be too bulky for the space I have, but I could use a smaller umbrella with a Shademobile.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 2:09PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Raised Garden Bed Construction Help
Hello Everyone! What wonderful help! I've built about...
Garden Chickee
Front yard design help
Looking to finally put some plants in the front yard....
Matt Johnston
Need landscaping ideas for new home please
Hello everyone. We moved into our new build in November....
Need help with landscaping my front hillside
I need some help with landscaping my front hillside....
scary house help
Trying to help someone with this- yipes. I'm thinking...
Sponsored Products
ELK Lighting 69043-1 Schoolhouse Pendant - 9W in. Silver - 69043-1
$168.00 | Hayneedle
Hubbardton Forge Cuff Dark Smoke Pendant Light
Lamps Plus
Remer by Nameeks 317M Shower Slidebar - REMER 317M
$65.99 | Hayneedle
Softest Rug 8' x 10' - CREAM
$2,899.00 | Horchow
Contemporary Simplicity Style Wood Table lamp with Owl Eye Shape Shade
Hampton Bay Lamp Replacement Parts Mix & Match Gold and Bronze Swirl Accent
$14.97 | Home Depot
Design House 48 in. Extension Downrod Satin Nickel 153668
$33.97 | Home Depot
Crystorama Broche 11" Wide Silver Flushmount Ceiling Light
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™