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Umbrellas 101

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Revealing the Secrets of FiberBuilt’s Beach Cabana

We all love a well-designed Cabana.  The roominess – built to 80” w x 67” d x 67” h, there’s enough space for all your beach gear.  The shade – that accommodates two chaise lounges.  The fabrics – hundreds of choices of marine grade solution dyed acrylics.  The...

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What’s Hot in Canopy Design?

One of our favorite and most creative design trends is the customizing of canopies.  FiberBuilt makes it easy for you to play with the design of your umbrella canopies in lots of different ways.  The hottest trend is to customize the standard market style...

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Photo Contest Winners!!

Photo Contest Winners!!

FiberBuilt Umbrellas & Cushions is proud to announce the winners of our recent photo contest.  We were delighted by the number of submissions and we’re grateful to all the participants.  Selecting the winners was a tough decision for our committee.

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Pouf: Funny Word, Fabulous Furnishing

Poufs are a wonderfully versatile accessory for your outdoor room.  They can be used as anything from additional seating to a footrest to a coffee table.  The conveniently small size, 20” square or round x 18” high, make it perfect to stack towels poolside or to rest...

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Care for Cushion Fabric

Care for the fabric on your cushions is important to keep them looking their best. FiberBuilt uses Sunbrella furniture grade solution dyed acrylics for cushions, pillows and poufs. While these fabrics are produced with a soil, stain, and mildew resistant finish,...

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What to Consider Before You Buy an Umbrella

Selecting the right umbrella to use in your backyard pool or patio dining area can be challenging. There are several factors to take into consideration.  With 20 years of experience manufacturing high-quality umbrellas for use in both commercial and residential...

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Choosing The Right Lift For Your Umbrella

Crank Available on Garden and Market styles, all of which have a two-piece, 1 ½” diameter pole.   This lift style is particularly popular when the umbrella is used in-table at backyard dining tables and apartment or condo pool decks.    Tilt models are only available...

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The right FiberBuilt product for Residential use

The right FiberBuilt product for Residential use

No matter the style, size or color scheme of your outdoor room, FiberBuilt has a shade product to coordinate and enhance your décor.  From the traditional Garden style to the contemporary, cantilevered Edge models, our umbrellas and shade structures provide the...

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Social Distance In Style

Social Distance In Style

As more restaurants, country clubs, and hotels open across the country, FiberBuilt can help you adapt your outdoor area to accommodate protective, social distancing guidelines with our 10’x 10’ Classic Pop-Up Tent with 2 Side Panels.  It’s fashionable,...

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What Makes FiberBuilt’s Ribs so Darn Special?

What Makes FiberBuilt’s Ribs so Darn Special?

Part of FiberBuilt’s reputation for manufacturing durable, contract quality umbrellas can be traced to the individual components we use.  Elements including the heavy-duty hubs and the aluminum poles with .125 wall thickness, but especially our fiberglass ribs.  The...

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How to Measure Your Umbrella Canopy

For this simple procedure, all you’ll need is a tape measure. First, open your umbrella all the way. Then, to make the canopy easier to reach, place the umbrella on the ground so it’s balanced on two ribs and end of the pole. Round (Octagon or Hexagon)  Take the tape...

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How to Spot a Great Umbrella

Not to worry. This is not something that takes years of study and an eagle eye to detect.  The discerning customer however can use the checklist below to spot those features that differentiate a Prestige umbrella whose components show that it’s Built to Last from the...

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Canopy Care and Cleaning

FiberBuilt’s canopies are made of different materials depending on the style of the shade product.  With the exception of our Garden and Patio umbrellas, all of our other umbrellas as well as cabanas and pavilions are made of either Marine or Furniture Grade solution...

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Know Your Pole

Know Your Pole

There are many important components to an umbrella.  One of the most significant in terms of strength and durability is THE POLE.  While some models are made with a two piece aluminum pole, others are made with one piece. Some tilt, while others don’t.  Different...

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Want an In-Pool Mounted Umbrella?

Want an In-Pool Mounted Umbrella?

There are several things to know about in-pool placement of an umbrella. And while FiberBuilt manufactures umbrellas that can be used for this purpose, it’s important to consult with your pool contractor so that he can make the appropriate arrangements for installing...

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Pool Umbrellas Buyers Guide

Selecting the best poolside umbrella for your backyard pool deck or patio area can be challenging. There are so many factors to consider, including:  the size, fabric color, pole finish, and lift mechanism. Beyond that, where will you be using it – in-table or freestanding?

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How to Select the Proper Base For Your Umbrella.

How to Select the Proper Base For Your Umbrella.

For best operation of your umbrella and for the warranty to apply, all umbrellas must be secured in properly weighted bases.  You’ll find that the Base Section of our website and our catalog provide information on the recommended base size/weight depending on the...

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Bar Height Umbrellas

Bar Height Umbrellas

When you need shade over a bar height table, you’ll surely order an umbrella with a bar height pole. But did you know that there are other times when a bar height umbrella is needed? The extra long poles are also essential when you have a counter height dining table,...

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Canopy Styles and How to Customize Them

FiberBuilt offers a wide range of opportunities for you to customize your canopy so that it makes a fashionable statement as part of your outdoor décor. This is one of those topics where pictures are worth a thousand words. So let’s explain all the ways to personalize...

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Difference between Powder Coating and FiberTeak

Within the Prestige Collection there are two types of finishing processes – powder coating and FiberTeak™.  The Lucaya, Riva, Oceana, Flight and Wattsun models are made with aluminum poles of various diameters that can be powder coated in four to seven colors...

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Rooftop Environments and Umbrellas

Rooftop Environments and Umbrellas

Even before Covid inspired the race to find, create or repurpose outdoor spaces for customers to gather safely, restaurateurs, hoteliers, architects and designers had already begun the trend to use rooftops for unexpected dining, bar and lounge spaces.  The best...

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Outdoor Fabrics

Umbrella canopies and outdoor cushions are made of fabrics that are specially made to hold up to the kinds of harsh conditions that interior fabrics never experience.  The direct exposure to intense sunlight, salt air, driving rain are all part of their day to day...

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