I have been through two different types of these umbellas which were expensive and yet which broke within a couple of years. Anyone have any advice on what brand to use? We like to use one to shade part of the shallow end so that the young kids don't get burnt to a crisp.
I had a round Sun Garden which seemed to be well made but the crank broke and couldn't be repaired - I think I paid about $1200 for it. And then I had another brand that was square and it broke in a couple of places this year.
Here is the Sun Garden that I had (and I still have another one that is lasting a bit longer):
I also tried a much cheaper brand from Home Depot but I don't think it even lasted one season.
Anyone have any good experiences with these things?
And any opinions on using a permanent base as opposed to a big hunk of plastic that you fill with water and sand or a granite base?