Cantilever umbrellas are a particular style of offset patio umbrella that differ solely by their lever feature. First, think about the typical offset patio umbrella design. This is simply an umbrella that features a shaft and base that are set off to the side. Now, add on the cantilever feature which allows for better management and increased functionality of the umbrella.
Cantilever umbrellas are a different type of outdoor umbrella. The actual umbrella is suspended from a side pole. A cantilever configuration makes this type of outdoor umbrella very versatile, and gives it several distinct advantages over most other types of outdoor umbrellas. This type of configuration requires that the freestanding pole be mounted in a sturdy base in order to hold the umbrella. There is also a smaller pole that is attached at the top of the main pole; this pole actually holds the umbrella out from the main pole. There are several variations on the market, but all of the basic elements will be found in all umbrellas of this type.
There are many designs of this style of umbrella that are available. Each includes the lever feature, which is incredibly beneficial. Essentially, the lever allows you to fully control the angle of the umbrella. This will make the umbrella much better and more effective. This is especially true if you are using the umbrella to keep the sun out while you are sitting in the area below the umbrella. Many cantilever umbrellas also feature an umbrella base that rotates in all directions. This means that you can completely customize the setting of the umbrella according to your needs and there will be never a time where your umbrella is not effective at blocking out the sun or rain. However, there are certain other features that may or may not be included with cantilever umbrella designs. Some examples include, but are not limited to, crank lift, simplified tilt control, and wheels on the base.
The main advantage of this type of outdoor umbrella is that the support pole is out of the way giving you more space in your shaded area. For instance, many types of table umbrellas take up space on the table and leave those setting around the table near the edge of the shade.
Another advantage of a cantilever umbrella is that they are mobile; they can be moved from one area to another. Most of these umbrellas can be easily turned without moving the base; this allows you to quickly move the umbrella as the sun moves. With most other outdoor umbrellas, you not only need to move the umbrella you also need to move the table that serves as a support of the umbrella. Typical outdoor umbrellas cannot be moved with the sun without moving both the umbrella and its support.
Another advantage of these umbrellas is their size. These umbrellas come in sizes that range from nine to thirteen feet in circumference. This size umbrella creates a good deal of shade, and the design of the umbrella allows you to make use of the entire size of the umbrella. These umbrellas come in a variety of shapes, designs, and colors. You can find these in umbrellas in square, round, hexagonal, and octagon.
The features of the umbrella will definitely have to be considered as they all factor into how convenient and functional the umbrella is for you. For instance, the wheels may help a lot if you plan to move the umbrella around frequently. If you plan to keep it in a single spot, then this would not be a major determining factor in your decision. You should still look for other quality features, such as a heavily weighted base, which are good to have in general.