Cheap Umbrellas For Your Patio

Building a patio can be an expensive process. Even if your home came with a patio already, you could end up spending a lot of money furnishing it with a table, chairs, and accessories. Naturally many people want to save money where they can, and while there are certain things that should not be skimped on, such as the construction of the patio itself, there are other areas where it could be worth it to look for a bargain. One of the things you can search for a good deal on is patio umbrellas. Cheap umbrellas cost less than $100, sometimes less than $50, and are relatively easy to find; the trouble comes with finding inexpensive umbrellas that will last a full season and more.

Where to Find Cheap Patio Umbrellas

As with everything else these days, you can choose to shop for your umbrella online or in person at a store. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method, and it might be worth trying them both before you actually make a purchase.

Shopping online provides immediate access to a far wider variety of umbrellas than you could find in any one store. You can choose from round or rectangular patio umbrellas; table or offset umbrellas like a cantilever umbrella; umbrellas with or without umbrella lights; red patio umbrellas or a multitude of other colors and designs; 9′ umbrellas or 10+; as well as from several different operating mechanisms, including strings and cranks. One of the main advantages of looking online is the ability to search across several different stores to find the best prices. This is particularly handy if you are looking for a specific type of umbrella, since you can enter your search parameters and find price comparisons.

There are some things to beware of when shopping online, however. The first is shipping fees. Patio umbrellas are usually fairly large and heavy, so shipping can end up being more expensive than you expect. This obviously cuts into any deal you were getting by finding an umbrella for a cheaper price. Make sure you are aware of all shipping fees before finalizing a purchase, and if you can buy from a website that is having a special deal on shipping.

Generally speaking, if you are looking for an average, run-of-the-mill patio umbrella you are likely to find a better price on them in an actual store than online. The best time to buy one is usually during a store sale or at the end of the summer when stores are having clearance discounts. While you can of course find umbrellas at stores like Wal-Mart, your local dollar store or hardware store might also have some very reasonably priced models in stock, though these are not likely to last till the end-of-season sales.

Besides getting a good price, another advantage of shopping in person means you have a chance to see the umbrella close-up before paying. You can inspect it for the quality of the materials, and make sure there are no issues that would require you to ship the umbrella back if you had purchased online.

Advantages and Disadvantages to Cheap Umbrellas

The main reason to get a cheap patio umbrella is the price. Cheap does not always mean poor quality, but you are taking a risk by buying the cheapest patio umbrella you can find. Of course, the opposite is also true: an expensive umbrella is not necessary of better quality than the cheap dollar store varieties. And regardless of the quality of an umbrella, some particularly bad weather could destroy it unexpectedly a week, a month or a year after you bought it. This is something to consider before you spend a lot of money on a patio table umbrella, when a cheap umbrella might end up lasting just as long.

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