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Good quality residential parasol required!

Posting date: 13th March 2015 10:55

Dear Anita

Thankyou for your enquiry yesterday for a residential centre post or cantilever parasol, preferably round (octagonal or hexagonal), preferably with heat and light. I understand that you would like it good quality and easy to take down and that your terrace is not particularly windy.

We do have some excellent sale options on our Shademaker range , which is very good quality. Please find the attached brochure for you to look at at your leisure. The Sirius is a side post parasol which folds down neatly and easy for residential purposes. By way of example of the pricing:

3.5m Shademaker Sirius Parasol Octagaonal 220g fabric - £715 + either a mobile base (£625) or inground base (£175)

The parasol is at half price. Delivery is £60 for kerb side delivery - the driver will need to be helped as this is a heavy item. The fabric available is Eggshell white. An example is at the back of the brochure.

This is a good quality cantilever with a heavy base which is important for ensuring stability. Alot of cheap cantilevers simply don't have the weight or the balance and tip over very easily. A centre post parasol is always going to be more stable, but of course, you lose the free space that a side post offers. If you are not in a windy location then a Sirius should be fine. You will need to "wind manage" your parasol, cantilever or centre post, which means closing it when you are out or at night, or when the wind is getting too much for it. I would not pay too much attention to the wind speed ratings in the attached brochure as these are based on test conditions which may not relate to your specific location. No manufacturer's warranty ever covers wind damage precisely because it is impossible to predict how wind behaves in every location. If you are concerned that your parasol needs to be up in blowy conditions I would go for centre post. We have a Tradewinds wooden parasol which are 4m Octagonal which is very good quality.

As Laura suggested, we do not really do heat and light for residential parasols. This is because in the main the quality is very poor and we only sell the commercial grade versions which are quite expensive for the domestic market and fit on the parasols that are not easily taken up and down. I think that the best thing for me to do is just supply you with the parasol and for you to buy a stand alone heater separately.

Let me know if you need more help.

Best wishes - Claire

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