When it comes to patio umbrella stands and bases, it’s all about size and weight. An umbrella stand should be chosen to fit your particular size, shape and type of patio umbrella.
Umbrella bases generally come in two types. The first type gets its weight, and therefore anchoring ability, from the material it is made from. Cast iron, cast aluminum, and steel are heavy materials and, when forged into an umbrella stand, provide substantial holding and stabilizing power. You will find these bases range from 40 pounds in weight to upwards of 100 pounds. Consider the size of your umbrella’s canopy – the larger the canopy, the more weight you will need to anchor your umbrella to keep it from blowing over or lifting up in a sudden wind gust.
The second type of umbrella stand is made of man-made materials such as resins or plastics. These are essentially hollow bases and need to be filled with either sand or water in order to add the needed weight to stabilize a patio umbrella. The advantage of these bases is that they are more portable because you just need to drain or empty them to store or relocate them. The size of the base will determine how much water or sand you can put in them. In general, these bases will provide from 40 to over 80 pounds of anchoring capability depending on their dimensions.
Once you have chosen which of the two types of umbrella bases will work best for your needs, you should then look for a base that fits with the look of your patio décor. From contemporary to ornate and traditional, there is a base for your particular outdoor look and feel. Or, if you want your umbrella base to fade into the background, you can choose one with a low profile to blend into the surroundings.
Umbrella bases are a necessity to protect your umbrella investment as well as the safety of your family and guests. If you need assistance regarding the amount of weight your particular umbrella requires in a base, our customer service assistants will gladly help you select the right size and weight stand for your outdoor living area.