Outdoor Umbrellas – The Perfect Shade Solution

As the owner of Rainbow Shade, it’s fair to say I know a thing or two about shade solutions so I’m not surprised that I’m often asked what is the best shade solution for a particular application? However one fantastic shade solution which is often overlooked is outdoor umbrellas.

Outdoor umbrellas have been adapted way beyond unreliable beach umbrellas, or personal umbrellas that bend inside out as soon as they catch some wind. Now, umbrellas are used as shade solutions for domestic homes and commercial establishments because they are robust, strong, and they are able to stand the test of time.

In this article, I will explain why I think outdoor umbrellas are the perfect shade solution.

As mentioned, outdoor umbrellas are highly relied upon especially with hospitality establishments such as cafes and restaurants, as they offer that much needed al-fresco dining experience to customers, regardless of the weather. Beyond this, they are great for providing shade in courtyards, parks, and playgrounds. With outdoor umbrellas, the opportunities are endless. Cantilever umbrellas make umbrellas even more flexible by allowing the supporting pole to be on the side of the umbrellas rather than in the centre – these are fantastic for providing shade to pools and other areas that require uninterrupted space in the area below them. Most importantly, they provide UV protection, and protection from rain and wind all year round. With outdoor umbrellas, enjoyment is guaranteed, regardless of weather conditions.

With Rainbow Shade’s shade fabrics, you can have either shade umbrellas, or all weather protection, with waterproof umbrellas. For shade umbrellas, Z16 is great. This shade cloth fabric provides outstanding UPF factors and UV-R protection, up to 99%. It is designed to reduce the heat and glare, and to provide protection from sunlight and ultimate comfort. Also, Z16 shade fabric has high tensile strength, is lightweight, durable, strong, long lasting, and it is one of the most popular shade fabric brands in Australia. For waterproof umbrellas, our range of waterproof fabrics; DRiZ and Serge Ferrari are perfectly suited. DRiZ provides ultimate UV-R protection, up to 100%, but it also provides protection from rain and wind, and allows natural light transmission. It has high tensile strength, is strong, durable and lightweight. Also, it is considered to be one of the best waterproof shade cloths on the market. Serge Ferrari PVC shade fabrics are a perfect solution as well. It is 100% texyloop recyclable, flame retardant, UV resistant, waterproof, and long lasting. Serge Ferrari has an enviable reputation, and it is well-known for its durability and outstanding quality.

We offer a wide range of shade fabrics perfect for outdoor umbrellas. All these products are available in different colours. You will easily find a suitable one, the one which will match your business branding, or complement your home.

Outdoor umbrellas are an outstanding shade solution because they lend perfectly to any outdoor entertaining area or environment. They are available in a range of sizes and shapes, and are suitable for a wide range of applications such as cafes, restaurants, sporting venues, swimming pools, residences, resorts, hotels, basically anywhere. Wherever you place them, they will not only protect the surroundings from harmful UV rays, wind or rain, they will also boost the appearance the area.


When choosing a shade solution, you should consider outdoor umbrellas, because they are the perfect shade solution for any application. They are excellent for cafes, parks, courtyards, playgrounds, swimming pools, backyards, restaurants, hotels, and many other areas. You can choose a shade umbrella or a waterproof umbrella to be protected from the sun, rain and wind, all year round. Lastly, the shade fabrics available for outdoor umbrellas are available in a wide range of colours, and when installed, they will complement any area and offer ultimate enjoyment!

Regardless of whether you are a shade industry professional, home owner or business owner, for reliable outdoor umbrellas built to last, be sure you contact Rainbow Shade for the best shade fabrics on the market. Not to mention we service Australia-wide, including the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

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