Thatch Umbrella KitsThe surprising secret behind beating the winter blues
Following the holidays many people start feeling like it's time for a vacation. With each chilly day and long night daydreams of sunny beaches and mai tai serving waiters become more frequent. The problem is that most of us won't have the time or money for a vacation until summer.
You can bring a little of that tropical atmosphere you've been longing for into your own backyard with a thatch umbrella. Backyard X-Scapes offers kits that come with everything you need - a pressure treated pine pole, a galvanized steel frame, thatch panels, a top cone and hardware. Choose from African thatch reed, bamboo thatch, Fijian thatch, Mexican palm thatch or even synthetic thatch. Size options range from 7 ½' in diameter to 12'.
Thatch umbrella kits from Backyard X-Scapes are designed to withstand extreme winds and are 99% waterproof. If you live in a high-hazard fire area, or if the umbrella will be near a fire feature or grill, consider a fire-retardant umbrella kit. Many of the umbrellas also are treated to prevent insect damage. Depending on your climate, a thatch umbrella will have a 5-10 year maintenance-free lifespan.
Not just for looks, an umbrella made of thatch will keep the area it shades much cooler than a canvas one. This is because the thickness of the thatch roof provides insulation, keeping the space beneath it up to 10 degrees cooler than a cloth umbrella.
Thatch umbrellas are solid and sturdy, in fact they are more like a structure than an umbrella. You won't likely be moving them from place to place in your yard, so pick their location carefully. Popular spots to install a thatch umbrella include next to a pool, near an outdoor kitchen or bar, or over an outdoor lounge area.
Creating a tropical vacation in your own backyard with a thatch umbrella is a great way to fight the winter blues. And it couldn't be easier with a kit and installation instructions from Backyard X-Scapes. Be sure to grab a table for attaching to the umbrella's pole so you'll have a place to set that well-deserved mai tai.