Using a heavy base
Going with any of the two materials mentioned previously is one step. The second step would be using a heavy base that stabilizes the outdoor umbrella.
Fixing it up in the center of a table or placing a soft base is not enough. What needs to be done is to support the patio umbrellas with strong bases. Although using a sand-filled base or a planter can be an option, it’s definitely not the most reliable one. In order to get the optimum result, use granite or cement bases which are known for being heavy weight, classy, and hardly movable.
Matching the size of the umbrella with the base’s weight
It is true that placing a weight to better install the umbrella is effective. However, there’s a science behind it in order to know what should the base weight be according to the size of the umbrella. To spare you the boring calculus and formulas, here’s a general guideline for outdoor umbrella sizes with table support:
- Between 1.82 m and 2.3m, use a base of 16 kg
- Between 2.3m and 2.8m, use a base between 18 kg and 25 kg
- Between 2.8m & 3.35m, a base between 30 kg & 35 kg.
- A base of more than 45 kg can handle any umbrella, even without a table support.
Closing the outdoor umbrellas when not in use
One of the most common mistakes committed by hotels, resorts and beaches employees, is keeping the umbrellas open even if no one is using them. Minimize the chance of damaging your outdoor umbrellas, or hurting your guests, by keeping unused parasols closed at all time. In addition, when closed, make sure that the cord tightly surrounds the fabric preventing it to open when wind arises.