Looking for shade and shelter for your new outdoor dining zone?

Reconnecting with our local communities provides exciting opportunities for local hospitality businesses. Bringing to life your current or new outdoor dining space involves planning how to best use the area you have. In addition to outdoor seating, many hospitality operators will be wanting to ensure the space can be well used day and night, sun and drizzle.

Including a shade and shelter solution allows so much more than keeping people protected from the sun. The impact of a stunning looking canopy can bring attention to your location. The seated area can take on a resort like feel, ensuring your customers feel relaxed and keen to stay on for another round.

If you decide to invest in a shade and shelter solution, take the time to ensure you are getting a product that not only does the job required now, but will last, look good and allow flexibility to make changes in the future.

Commercial grade umbrellas are designed for use in hospitality with a combination of quality, strength and unique features, that takes them beyond the specifications of a domestic model.

Skyspan Shade umbrellas come with the recommendation of many hospitality providers. There are several models worth investigating, in particular take a look at the Sunset range, providing shade for up to 17m2, or the smaller Alfresco portable Umbrella which can cover up to 12.2m2.

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Tips to creating distinctive outdoor dining spaces

Changes to the planning rules enable pubs and small bars across NSW to implement outdoor dining.

This is great news for hospitality businesses. The question becomes how can you create an atmosphere that customers feel is a destination rather than a footpath?

When you are getting started on developing your alfresco dining space one of the first decisions needs to be creating an all-weather solution, providing shade and shelter to your guests.

With a fabulous long lasting and portable commercial umbrella, you’re able to create an outdoor dining area that clients love.

Consider whether the umbrella is placed within a tabletop or is supported by a freestanding portable base. How does that effect your table configuration options?

Choose colours that create a soft and inviting light for guests to relax under, as well as helping your business stand out in the street.

Ensure the umbrella you choose is suitable for the wind zone that you are located in. No-one needs the stress of having to take umbrellas down mid service.

Commercial grade umbrellas are designed for use in hospitality with a combination of quality, strength and unique features, that takes them beyond the specifications of a domestic model.

Skyspan Shade umbrellas come with the recommendation of many hospitality providers. There are several models worth investigating, in particular take a look at the Sunset range, providing shade for up to 17m2, or the smaller Alfresco portable Umbrella which can cover up to 12.2m2.

Skyspan Shade offer a stylish concrete planter box that the umbrella can be fitted to. This is designed to enable you to re-position your Skyspan umbrella where you need, when you need it.

Don’t order an umbrella that blows away or you have to throw away – get a quality solution that will last.

NSW $5,000 Business Summer Restart Package

A new $5,000 Business Summer Restart Package is now available for hospitality venue owners to establish outdoor dining areas. 

If your business qualifies for the Restart Package one of the first decisions when developing your outdoor dining space needs to be creating an all-weather location, providing shade and shelter to your guests. 

Skyspan Shade Umbrellas can offer you: 

  • Portable High-Quality Commercial Umbrella Solutions 
  • An almost unlimited choice of colours 

Our most popular retractable hospitality umbrellas are 

  • Alfresco Portable – light and easy to handle, the umbrella column fits most standard table umbrella holes, whilst strong enough to withstand wind gusts up to 60kph 
  • Sunset – a classic design combined with a heavy-duty commercial umbrella purpose built to live outdoors. 

Extra accessories 

  • Umbrella branding – give your business a shout out with your logo on the umbrella  
  • Heating and Lighting – allow those afternoon drinks turn into a whole evening of fun 
  • Planter Boxes – our stylish concrete planter boxes have been designed to enable you to re-position your Skyspan umbrella where you need, when you need it.

Proudly Australian Made 

Small and medium business owners will be able to open with confidence thanks to a suite of support measures from the NSW Government, as part of the Economic Recovery Strategy. 

The expanded Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate will be eligible for use until 30 June 2022. 

 Visit the official NSW Government page to learn more. 

Contact our team today  and we will put you in contact with your local distributor.  

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 Corporate Branding

With our “direct to fabric” print service, professionally promote your brand on your canopy using long lasting colourfast inks for accurate colour matching and a premium finish.

We have an established network of professional installers nationwide.

We’ll provide you with samples and pricing, and if needed, connect you with the people that we trust to do a great job.

Why Choose Skyspan?

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Australian Design, Manufacture & Support

When you buy a Skyspan™ Umbrella you are not only supporting Australian industry. Skyspan™ customers receive world class quality products specifically designed to suit Australian conditions in shorter time frames than competitors who import their product. Skyspan™ quality control process includes inspection of EACH unit prior to packaging, crating and shipping.

Industry leading Australian Warranty

Skyspan™ Umbrellas offer true peace of mind with lifetime anti rust warranty on Aluminium umbrellas and up to 10 years structural and 5 year canopy warranties on selected product lines.

Engineered & Wind Rated

Skyspan™ Architectural Umbrellas come with an Engineer Wind Rating Certification, be it our Portable Umbrellas (60Km/h), Vista & Sunset ranges (112Km/h open, 148Km/h retracted) or our cyclone rated Typhoon & Panorama ranges (148Km/h open).

Stylish Cast Base Plates

At Skyspan™ we pay attention to detail. Starting at the bottom our custom cast alloy base plates provide a clean look whilst adding durability and strength to the design.

Easy Wind Opening & Retracting

In the middle our “Easy Wind” retraction system utilises a unique “rack and pinion” gear system which along with our “Anti-Jam” crank lift allow for easy, fast and reliable opening/closing of canopies. A simple but unique lever allows the umbrella to be locked in the open position for safety when used in public spaces. The removable handle leaves a clean aesthetic appearance whilst preventing unauthorised operation.

Concealed Cables

At the canopy level, our concealed stainless perimeter cable gives the canopy it’s curved contemporary profile and overall chic quality. All hardware is manufactured from marine grade stainless steel for maximum strength and longevity.

Premium PVC Canopy

The architectural grade, waterproof PVC canopy is available in a multitude of colours. A protective PVDF coating has been applied to the canopy stabilising the colour pigment in the fabric for fade resistance to pro-longed sun exposure.

The flame retardant, anti-fungal and dirt repelling properties of the canopy make it easy to keep clean and ideal for commercial environments. A permanent UV surface treatment provides superior sun protection with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, blocking harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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Skyspan™ offer a comprehensive maintenance program to ensure correct operation of your Skyspan™ umbrella to fulfil your warranty. With a Skyspan™ professional service you will receive the following:

• Ensure canopy edge cable is seated correctly.

• Tighten and secure edge cable.

• Review positioning and condition of fabric.

• Ensure canopy is positioned correctly over top plate.

• Check and tighten all nuts and bolts.

• Apply grease to moving parts.

• Check jack and winding mechanism (if applicable).

• Check anti-creep lock is correctly positioned (if applicable),

• Check pivot locking bolt is correctly positioned (if applicable),

• Ensure sail track is tight on perimeter frame (if applicable).

• Free end caps and base plugs.

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Electrical Heating

Skyspan™ offers the option of including integrated electrical wiring to be supplied ex-factory for accessories including electrical heating units, lighting and speaker systems.


Up-lighting, down-lighting and striplighting are able to be provided, both factory-fitted and retrofitted.

PVC Blind Systems

Skyspan™ umbrellas offer the facility of blinds in order to create a more sheltered and cosy environment, note will may effect the umbrellas wind rating.

Fabric & Frame Colour Options

Skyspan™ offer a complete range of powdercoating colours from the Interpon range for frames and a comprehensive set of canopy colours from the Ferrari 502 range.

 Corporate Branding

With our “direct to fabric” print service, professionally promote your brand on your canopy using long lasting colourfast inks for accurate colour matching and a premium finish.

What Makes a True Commercial Umbrella?

A true commercial umbrella is not just an outdoor umbrella in a commercial setting, it’s a unique shade structure built with
commercial applications in mind.

With over 20 years designing and manufacturing umbrellas for commercial use, we’ve identified some of the key things to look for to help you select a good product that’s worth the investment.

Floral was great in 1979… but today you’d like white?

While our umbrellas are built for long term performance, we also understand there may come a time, especially in the commercial space when you want to refresh your the look of your establishment. To accommodate this we’ve modified the design of our umbrellas so that they can be “reskinned” with a new canopy, and your old canopy can be recycled.

The Umbrella Canopy

Over the years we’ve tested dozens of fabrics in a multitude of commercial and industrial
environments, so for us and architectural grade PVC, was an easy choice.

We use a high tensile PVC that is purposefully designed for umbrellas, and has been to be pretensioned in manufacture, so it is not compromised by the constant deploying and retraction of the canopy, extending the life of your umbrella.

High tensile and dimensionally stable the fabric actually adds strength to the frame contributing to the achievement of the desired wind rating.

Waterproof extends the use of umbrella as shelter we with many commercial models being compatible with rain channels and guttering.

Extensive options of translucent and block out, to account for any natural shade you may have surrounding the site, and prevent your cover from being too dark. Quality fabrics will provide levels of solar reflection and transference impact of light and temperature under cover.

Low maintenance, mould resistant and flame retardant it’s ideal in a commercial environment, and the translucent canopy creates an airy elevation and ambient light that is a pleasure to be under. 100% waterproof, heat reflective, and UV stabilised for pro-longed exposure to the sun, an architectural grade PVC canopy keeps your customers comfortable and protected from the elements.

Ease of Operation

With the larger freestanding commercial umbrellas providing coverage around a phenomenal 20-25 SQM, an appropriate retraction system is crucial for safety and ease of use. If you’re deploying your umbrellas everyday, it’s worth investigating functionality, as larger umbrellas will often require the fitting of additional heavy equipment and more than one person to operate them, This can the make operating the umbrella difficult in changing weather, and an extremely time consuming task for staff to manage everyday.

Internal Tensioning Systems

As with anything you leave outdoors permanently, sun, wind, and rain, impact on the integrity of the product over time. To combat this a good commercial umbrella will not only be constructed of corrosion resistant, all weather materials, but if it’s built to last, it will have a properly tensioned canopy.

Tensioning systems help preserve the structural integrity of the canopy via a series of taut cables that
run the perimeter seams and arms of the canopy, secured in place with anti-creep fixings.
A properly tensioned umbrella will reinforce your canopy, helping it to retain it’s shape and continue to withstand the weather.

A true commercial umbrella will always incorporate tensioning in some form, but internalised tensioning is optimal, as it is protected from the weather and has the added advantage of delivering a cleaner design, eliminating the visible support cables under the canopy.