If your New Year’s resolution was to spend more time outdoors, then investing in a patio umbrella is one easy way to ensure you meet your resolution. Patio umbrellas are one of the most affordable and flexible shade solutions in the market today, and given that they are also highly customisable, not only can they help you appreciate the outdoors more, but they can also go a long way towards improving the aesthetics of your patio area. For the reasons listed above, patio umbrellas are the most enquired about shade solution here at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. So, to answer some of your burning questions, I have compiled a list of the questions we are most often asked about our patio umbrellas. 1. What is the standard size patio umbrella? There is no standard size patio umbrella; rather there are various size options available and this will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The more important question is what size is my table or what area of surface space do I want to shade. Knowing this measuring will define which size patio umbrella is best for your needs. At Ashadya, we have the SU2 Market & Cafe Umbrella and the HE Home & Cafe Umbrella in our patio umbrella range, both of which are available in square or octagonal shapes. The SU2 Market & Cafe Umbrella is available in 2 m and 3 m (square) and 2.7 and to 4 m (octagonal) and the HE Home & Cafe Umbrella is available in 1.5 m to 3 m (square) and 2 m to 4.3 m (octagonal). 2. What is the best patio umbrella? The best patio umbrella will really depend on your personal circumstances SU2 Market & Café Umbrella If the best for you is a patio umbrella that offers great value for money, you can’t go past the SU2 Market & Cafe Umbrella, which starts at just $500 (up to $1000). It's affordable, portable and can be custom branded. HE Home & Cafe Umbrella However, if you’re looking for the best in terms of quality, then at the other end of the spectrum is the HE Home & Cafe Umbrella. Priced from $1700 to $2500, it is water resistant, it offers more size options, and has a longer warranty on the frame. 3. What is the diameter of a patio umbrella pole? Like the mast of a patio umbrella, the diameter of the centre pole can also vary. It is typically 38 mm or 48 mm in diameter, which are the diameter options of the patio umbrellas we supply at Ashadya, however, they can range between 28 mm and 75 mm depending on the size and type. 4. What is the largest patio umbrella? Patio umbrellas come in a range of sizes, from 1.3 m to 4.5 m. At Ashadya, our largest patio umbrella is the 4.3 m octagonal HE Home & Cafe Umbrella. This provides 13 m2 of shade coverage. 5. Are patio umbrellas waterproof? Standard patio umbrellas are not waterproof; they offer great UV-R protection but no protection from the rain. Be sure to check the mast material before buying a patio umbrella to determine if it is waterproof or not. Our SU2 Market & Cafe Umbrella is water resistant not waterproof, however, our heavy duty range can be fitted with Ferrari PVC 502 fabric for waterproof protection. Conclusion Patio umbrellas are one of the most popular shade solutions on offer at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds as they are affordable, flexible and will help you spend more time outdoors. Some of the most asked questions we receive about patio umbrellas are in relation to their size, which is the best type and if they are waterproof. The answers to each will vary on the manufacture and the quality of the product. However, for the very best quality patio umbrellas in Sydney, contact Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. We have a range of outdoor umbrellas in varying budgets to help you enjoy your patio area more. Contact us today to request a free quote.