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Many that own or manage a restaurant, hotel or other commercial establishment and have patio, deck or other outdoor dining have inevitability wanted to provide patrons with cover from the sun during peak hours. There are many ways to achieve this. One popular, and economic way (compared to constructing a roof, pergola, awning or other physical structure) is to install umbrellas.
Like many businesses, restaurants and hotels are on a budget. Unfortunately, commercial umbrellas are not typically on the list, or there is an under allocation for their cost. Many opt for the freebie umbrellas from beer manufacturers that prominently display the beer logo. Others find ‘deals’ at bargain outlets or big box stores. In both cases many find that these umbrellas do not hold up for even the season, let alone provide the establishment frustration on the worn and tattered umbrellas and the need to constantly replace them.
For the casual bystander, commercial outdoor restaurant umbrellas are “expensive”. But so is Mercedes Benz, Rolex and Gucci; you pay for quality and a good umbrella is no different. (If you are looking for a cheap umbrella you can stop reading here.)
What makes for a quality commercial outdoor umbrella?
Commercial Umbrella Pole
Commercial umbrella poles are offered in a high performance fiberglass or aluminum. The finish options are numerous: polished aluminum, silver anodized, black, bronze, wood grain, Finishes that will last and match with your décor. Finished are powder coated and rated to look good for years.
Commercial Umbrella Frame or Ribs
Aluminum or fiberglass frame or ribs are ½” diameter and heft to stand up to the elements. All hardware is stainless steel with a heavy gauge manual pulley system and self-repairable frame in the event of a mishap.
Commercial Umbrella material
Good quality umbrellas, like those offered from manufacturer BFM Seating, have a marine grade 9 ounce acrylic canvas fabric by Sunbrella, one of the world’s leading performance fabric manufacturers, to endure direct sun, gusty wind, and other outdoor elements. The Sunbrella options for colors are virtually limited less and even the most precise designers and architects should be able to find the umbrella color they desire.
Ability to anchor and secure the commercial umbrella
Commercial umbrellas come with a variety of anchoring mechanisms, whether to a commercial table base, free-standing weighted umbrella base, bolt down anchors for cement or wood or an in-ground insert commonly used in patio pavers or brick patios. The securing of your commercial umbrella will give your customers comfort and provide your management peace of mind.
In conclusion, like other quality products, purchasing a commercial quality umbrella is a good investment and one that you will not have to make very often as they are durable, long lasting and whose look will represent your restaurant for years.
Outdoor Restaurant Seating specializes in selling commercial outdoor furniture and accessories like commercial quality umbrellas, umbrella bases and more. We invite you to call our experts to discuss your project and dining area to find the right umbrella system for your hotel or restaurant. Call us at 610-994-1686.