These umbrella-like tension structures were manufactured and installed for Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.  Unlike a regular umbrella that may fade or fail, these permanent structures were engineered to withstand the blustery Santa Ana winds of the San Fernando Valley.  Also, the membrane is made with durable PVC fabric that will long outlast the typical “backyard umbrella”.

If you are looking to shade a populated patio or communal area, but don’t want to deal with replacing cheap and flimsy umbrellas every couple years, then this solution might suit your needs.