Garden Parasols Buying Guide
Our garden parasols are chosen carefully by our furniture buyers, Keith Laird and Ian Hodgett, who have over 50 years’ experience in the outdoor leisure sector, and travel extensively to source only the very best quality parasols. The parasols are sourced from the most respected suppliers both here in the UK and Europe. Hayes have been trading over 200 years, all the while maintaining the very best standards in the industry, so you can be assured you can buy with complete confidence in the quality of the goods and receive a high professional standard of service. The range of parasols are such that there is sure to be one to suit every taste, budget and situation.
A parasol is an absolute must to enable you to enjoy the sunshine comfortably and safely in your outdoor space, but the question is which one to go for? The questions to ask are; what is your budget, how large an area do you want it to cover, do you need it with a UV rating and finally what colour do you require?
Budget: how much to spend on garden parasols?
Obviously the lower your budget the more limited the choice so it is always better to spend at the very top of your price range. Our prices are the most competitive in the industry due to our volume of sales, you can spend £50 for the most basic level of shade to over £3,000 for the Rolls Royce of parasols. On a limited budget you may be restricted to the basic models which have limited adjustment and need to go through a table in order to be stable, but the advantage is that they only need a lightweight parasol base. These smaller models are ideal if you have limited outdoor space.
Which is the best type of parasol?
A cantilever parasol suits a large garden and can be adjusted to follow the sun quite easily without having to move the base. They sit at the side of your furniture so the downside is that they need a heavy base to counterbalance the canopy which sits underneath an arm. As these are the most versatile, they are our best-selling parasols. The wall mounted parasols are ideal if ground space is limited and obviously once they are fixed to the wall they are not easily moved so consider carefully before you finally commit to their position. One downside is you will have to leave your garden furniture in a permanent position. Once you have the parasol in the right position, they will swivel from side to side to give you the best possible coverage.
How much UV protection do parasols offer?
The UV protection offered by parasols can vary from non at all to 98% offered by the very best Swiss parasols from Glatz. If you have children then we recommend the highest UV protection. If there is a wind, we recommend that you take down the parasol and either use a dedicated cover or take it down completely.
If you would like more information, we have a number of blogs to help you decide click the titles to read:
How to choose the correct parasol base for your garden parasol, How to put up and take down an Alexander Rose cantilever parasol and How to have your ideal outdoor space.