The adverse results of excessive exposure to the sun include heavy premature wrinkles, sunburnt skin, and skin-related diseases later in life. Excessive exposure can occur through using the home swimming pool, working in the backyard, or even just lounging on a patio. These mundane and common activities can potentially lead to skin damage from too much sun light.
People can protect themselves against skin damage with the use of outdoor shades. One exceptionally low-cost and convenient option is the outdoor shade umbrella. With a width of about 8 to 10 feet, they are a common sight around pools and homes. But most people don’t know that modern versions can have a lot of add-on options that increase utility and value.
Near pools, the umbrella is most often configured to be held in place by a hole in the center of a table. However, the center pole obstructs the view of those sitting around. To remedy this problem, manufacturers have designed a side-post umbrella. The pole is placed in a stand away from the table, and a side-arm or side-post extends from the post to hold the umbrella shade over the table. A table is not even needed.
Heavy wind will topple poorly anchored umbrellas. The base should be heavy enough to withstand strong gusts. Classically, a cheap base was just a plastic container filled with sand. Newer bases are made of very dense metal that not only anchor but also look elegant and classy.
The umbrella is useful during the day but useless at night, or is that always true? Now one can get special lights that fit under the ribs. These lights make the shaded space useful even when everything else around is dark. The lights are powered by either batteries or an electrical source. Multiple lights illuminate the surrounding equally in all directions.
Umbrellas should be retracted and placed into storage during off-seasons. The closed configuration can be shielded against further damage and dirt with a special cover. Covers are picked for both style and for their compatibility with existing decor.
One last accessory is the opening motor. The opening motor powers both the opening and closing. Usually this is done via a hand crank, but such a method is time-consuming and slightly dangerous. Motors make the job much easier by allowing remote access as well as decreasing the chances of caught fingers.