If you’re anything like me, I am well informed about anything I want to buy well before I hit the shops or start making phone calls. Whether it’s a new car or something as simple as sporting goods, I’ve researched everything I need to know to ensure I get the best product to suit my needs. If you’re in the market for a market umbrella, then no doubt you’ve come across this article for the very same reason. As a supplier and installer of market umbrellas in Sydney, I not only know what a consumer needs to look for when buying a market umbrella but also what considerations they need to take on board in regards to the placement and installation of the umbrella. So today, I will enlighten you with all the questions you need to ask yourself (and know the answer to) before you buy a market umbrella. For more information, read my market umbrella buying guide. Is a market umbrella the right umbrella for my needs? A market umbrella is one of the most popular types of outdoor umbrellas because it is affordable and versatile. However, they are not suitable for all applications. Ashadya’s market umbrellas are manufactured with a marine-grade anodized aluminium frame and a commercial-strength pole, which makes them durable, but they cannot compete with commercial outdoor umbrellas. Market umbrellas are best suited for backyards, patios or cafes/restaurants. What is a market umbrella made from? Market umbrellas are made from various materials depending on the manufacturer. Common frame materials are wood and aluminium. Wood frames are typically made from hardwood while aluminium frames are generally made from marine-grade anodized aluminium. An aluminium frame will offer more longevity than wood and require less maintenance. In terms of the canopy, this also varies. Available options include solution-dyed acrylic fabric, solution-dyed olefin umbrella-grade fabric, yarn-dyed fabric and high density knitted polyethylene fabric. What are the pros of a market umbrella? Undoubtedly, the biggest advantage of a market umbrella is its price. They are typically the most affordable type of umbrella on the market. At Ashadya, our Shadowspec market umbrellas range from $500 to $1000 and our Ultrashade market umbrellas range from $1700 to $2500. Aside from price, market umbrellas are a versatile shade solution that can be installed as a permanent or temporary fixing; they can be removed when not in use. They also offer more protection than you may think. Although at the lowest end of the price range, Ashadya’s market umbrellas are still made with a high-quality solution-dyed acrylic to offer high UV protection. What are the cons of a market umbrella? The biggest con of a market umbrella is its characteristic centre pole, which limits its usage. Market umbrellas are best suited for a table setting with a centre hole to support the umbrella. They do not offer unconstructive access beneath the mast as a cantilever umbrella does. The canopy is also fixed in an upright position and cannot be tilted or rotated with the angle of the sun. What warranty is offered on the umbrella? The warranty of a market umbrella is dependent on the manufacture, so will vary. Generally speaking, market umbrellas have a lesser warranty than other types of outdoor umbrellas. At Ashadya, our, Shadowspec market umbrellas come with a 4-year warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on the fabric. Our Ultrashade market umbrellas come with a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on the fabric. Conclusion To ensure you buy the best-matched market umbrella for your needs and budget, there are certain questions that you should ask yourself. These questions include; is a market umbrella the right choice for my needs, what are they made from, what are their pros and cons and what warranty is offered. Having read this article, you should be well-informed to buy your market umbrella. So what are you waiting for? View our range of online umbrellas or contact our team should you have any additional questions.