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Frequently asked questions about garden parasols
What should I look for in a garden parasol?
When looking for a new parasol, check its size and coverage to make sure it'll create enough shade in your garden or patio. Choose a sturdy and durable frame, preferably made of materials like aluminum or steel. Look for UV-resistant and waterproof fabric to protect against sun and rain. Lastly, consider features like a tilt mechanism for added convenience and flexibility.
What is the best parasol for windy conditions?
To protect your outdoor sofa or hot tub from the wind, look for one with a sturdy and robust build, made from materials like fibreglass or reinforced aluminum. A wind vent at the top of the canopy allows air to pass through and reduces wind resistance. Additionally, a tilt mechanism will adjust the angle and minimise the parasol's exposure to strong gusts. Don't forget to close and secure the parasol when not in use during windy weather to prevent damage.
For extra protection from the elements, a gazebo with a roof and sides might be a more suitable option for your garden.
What is the best type of parasol?
The best type of parasol depends on your specific needs and preferences. For maximum sun protection, a large parasol with UV-resistant fabric and a tilting feature is a great choice. If you have a particularly windy garden, opt for a sturdy parasol with a wind vent and a strong frame, made from materials like fibreglass. Alternatively, if you're conscious of the style of your parasol, look for one with prints and patterns to complement your garden. Ultimately, the best type of parasol is the one that aligns with your needs.
Can parasols be left in the rain?
We don't recommend leaving your parasol in the rain for extended periods of time. Prolonged exposure to moisture can damage the fabric, frame, and other components, reducing your parasol's lifespan. Look for a parasol that comes with a waterproof cover, and ideally close and store your parasol in a dry place when not in use.
For more advice on shelter from rain and shine, read our protecting your hot tub from the elements guide