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The Ultimate Guide to Sunbrella® Umbrellas: Keeping You Cool and Stylish in the Summer

The Ultimate Guide to Sunbrella® Umbrellas: Keeping You Cool and Stylish in the Summer
By Jordan Henrie
June 27, 2022

What Type of Outdoor Umbrella Is Best?

When deciding what type of umbrella to get, you just need to determine the form and function you need and desire. Do you need a simple one that drops into the center hole of a table, or will a modular offset cantilever one be a better choice? When considering functionality, consider how much space you would like covered (just a table or a full deck) and how mobile you need it to be.


When it comes to style, that’s where you can have fun. Should you go with a round patio umbrella, or will a square or rectangle one enhance your patio decor? Will you choose Gingko Green, Sunset Red, Tikka Orange, or another fabulous Sunbrella® fabric color?

What Is the Best Umbrella Material?

The best fabric out there for your outdoor umbrella is Sunbrella®. Sunbrella® protects you from harmful UV rays and is weather and fade-resistant. What is Sunbrella® fabric? It is made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic, so every fiber is saturated with color BEFORE being woven into a stylish, high-performance umbrella.


Sunbrella® is also thicker than most conventional outdoor umbrella fabrics, so it has many more UV hours it can withstand.

Is Sunbrella® Worth It?

Are umbrellas made with Sunbrella® fabric a little more expensive? Yes. Are they worth it? Hands down and unequivocally, yes. The company’s passion for textiles translates into vibrant colors and durable fabrics that are sure to boost your backyard barbecue locale. They last about five times longer than average patio umbrellas.


Do you know what makes Sunbrella® worth it?  Changing the tilt on your cantilevered umbrella allows you to avoid being driven indoors by a blazing sun so that you can enjoy more time outdoors. You can even stay outdoors during a light rain under a Sunbrella® umbrella.

How Long Do Sunbrella® Umbrellas Last?

Thanks to the very nature of their purpose, the harsh sun and summer weather conditions mean that your average patio umbrellas only last about two to three years. The solution-dyed material of Sunbrella® can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

How Do I Maintain a Sunbrella® Umbrella?

It’s easy learning how to clean Sunbrella® fabric. Day-to-day maintenance can be completed in just six easy steps:


  1. Brush to remove all dirt.

  2. Prepare a cleaning solution of mild soap and water.

  3. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.

  4. Allow the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.

  5. Rinse very well until all soap residue is removed.

  6. Let air dry.

RST Brands: Shade and Style

What are you waiting for? It’s time to check out the beautiful individual pieces and furniture sets from RST Brands. Outdoor furniture is no longer limited to wicker sets and Adirondack chairs. Even your patio umbrella can make a statement. Add a sassy umbrella to a bronze or espresso RST Brands stand, and you add some elegance as well.