Umbrella Buying Guide: Tips for Buying a Perfect Patio Umbrella

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The right patio umbrella will extend the life of your outdoor space, keeping things cool and protected from the sun or rain. So what kind of patio umbrella should you choose? There are many factors to consider (size, shape, style, material, functionality) before making a decision. Here, we’re breaking down how to buy an outdoor umbrella, as well as how to measure for a patio umbrella.

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THE ANATOMY OF A PATIO UMBRELLA


When learning how to buy an outdoor umbrella, it’s first important to know the makeup of a patio umbrella and why each component is important.

Umbrella Diagram

CANOPY

The fabric that provides shade and defines the umbrella shape.


WIND VENT

A layer of fabric on top of the canopy that allows air flow. There are single-wind vents (SWV) and double-wind vents (DWV). SWV are the most common; DWV are typically used for high-wind environments (think rooftops or the beach) or on large umbrellas where the extra vent can help keep the canopy stable. In very hot environments, a DWV allows hot air under the umbrella to escape, keeping temps cool below the canopy.


HUB

A ringed mechanism that works together with the ribs, connecting them at a center point.


POLE

The canopy’s main support, the pole determines umbrella height while providing structure and support. Poles consist of either two pieces joined together or (preferred for commercial applications) a single, long pole. Pole diameters range from 1.5 to 2.5 inches.


CRANK HANDLE

Used to operate the crank housing. Typically made from metal.


TURN LOCKS/LOCKING KNOB

Small knob on the base stem that secures the umbrella pole to the base.


FINIAL

A decorative piece at the top of an umbrella that helps secure the canopy to the frame.


RIBS

Slender, pliable pieces that support the fabric canopy, typically made from metal, wood, or flexible fiberglass. Generally, the more ribs, the stronger the umbrella. There are two types of ribs: main ribs, which attach to the top of the umbrella frame and extend to the edges of the canopy, and support ribs, which connect to the underside of the main ribs and help with opening and closing the canopy.


TILT MECHANISM

On some umbrellas, a framework that allows the canopy to be angled, maintaining direct shade throughout the day.


CRANK HOUSING

Contains the main cord used to open and close the umbrella.


BASE TUBE

Also known as the base stem, this is a hollow tube, affixed to a weighted umbrella base, that helps secure the umbrella frame to the base.


UMBRELLA BASE

A heavy base—typically made of aluminum, steel, concrete, granite, or sand-filled plastic—that prevents the umbrella from moving or falling over. Available with or without wheels, in a variety of shapes.


The fabric that provides shade and defines the umbrella shape.

A decorative piece at the top of an umbrella that helps secure the canopy to the frame.

A layer of fabric on top of the canopy that allows air flow. There are single-wind vents (SWV) and double-wind vents (DWV). SWV are the most common; DWV are typically used for high-wind environments (think rooftops or the beach) or on large umbrellas where the extra vent can help keep the canopy stable. In very hot environments, a DWV allows hot air under the umbrella to escape, keeping temps cool below the canopy.

Slender, pliable pieces that support the fabric canopy, typically made from metal, wood, or flexible fiberglass. Generally, the more ribs, the stronger the umbrella. There are two types of ribs: main ribs, which attach to the top of the umbrella frame and extend to the edges of the canopy, and support ribs, which connect to the underside of the main ribs and help with opening and closing the canopy.

A ringed mechanism that works together with the ribs, connecting them at a center point.

On some umbrellas, a framework that allows the canopy to be angled, maintaining direct shade throughout the day.

The canopy’s main support, the pole determines umbrella height while providing structure and support. Poles consist of either two pieces joined together or (preferred for commercial applications) a single, long pole. Pole diameters range from 1.5 to 2.5 inches.

Contains the main cord used to open and close the umbrella.

Used to operate the crank housing. Typically made from metal.

Also known as the base stem, this is a hollow tube, affixed to a weighted umbrella base, that helps secure the umbrella frame to the base.

Small knob on the base stem that secures the umbrella pole to the base.

A heavy base—typically made of aluminum, steel, concrete, granite, or sand-filled plastic—that prevents the umbrella from moving or falling over. Available with or without wheels, in a variety of shapes.

OUTDOOR UMBRELLA STYLES


If you’re wondering how to buy an outdoor umbrella, consider style first. Patio umbrellas are available in three distinct styles: market, cantilever, and tilting umbrellas.

Cantilever Umbrella
  • • Also known as offset umbrellas, these feature an arched or jointed pole positioned off to the side, allowing the canopy to hang freely.
  • • Many can rotate 360 degrees and tilt side-to-side and/or front-to-back.
  • • Made from aluminum, bamboo, eucalyptus/teak, or a mix of the metal and wood.
  • • Don’t obstruct views the way market umbrellas might, and are ideal for larger dining tables or deep-seating lounge areas.

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CANTILEVER UMBRELLAS

  • • Also known as offset umbrellas, these feature an arched or jointed pole positioned off to the side, allowing the canopy to hang freely.
  • • Many can rotate 360 degrees and tilt side-to-side and/or front-to-back.
  • • Made from aluminum, bamboo, eucalyptus/teak, or a mix of the metal and wood.
  • • Don’t obstruct views the way market umbrellas might, and are ideal for larger dining tables or deep-seating lounge areas.

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Market Umbrella
  • • Also known as a center pole umbrella.
  • • The most common style of umbrella.
  • • Defined by a round or octagonal canopy shape.
  • • Commonly paired with a wooden or aluminum center pole.

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MARKET UMBRELLAS

  • • Also known as a center pole umbrella.
  • • The most common style of umbrella.
  • • Defined by a round or octagonal canopy shape.
  • • Commonly paired with a wooden or aluminum center pole.

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A tilting umbrella.
  • • Can be adjusted by pushing a button, turning a crank, or adjusting a collar.
  • • Ideal for areas where the shade needs to be moved often.

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TILTING UMBRELLAS

  • • Can be adjusted by pushing a button, turning a crank, or adjusting a collar.
  • • Ideal for areas where the shade needs to be moved often.

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A valance style umbrella.
  • • An additional flap of fabric (approximately 7 inches in height) that hangs around the perimeter of the canopy.
  • • Often seen on large cantilever umbrellas.
  • • Also blocks direct UV rays when the sun approaches from a sharp angle.

DECORATIVE DETAIL:

VALANCE

  • • An additional flap of fabric (approximately 7 inches in height) that hangs around the perimeter of the canopy.
  • • Often seen on large cantilever umbrellas.
  • • Also blocks direct UV rays when the sun approaches from a sharp angle.

CANOPY SHAPE


When deciding on a canopy shape, consider the size of your outdoor space, your ideal amount of shade coverage, and personal style preference.

Round Umbrella
  • • Great for covering a round dining table or matching chaise loungers.
  • • These canopies typically have 8 ribs but are also available in 6-rib versions.

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ROUND / OCTAGONAL / HEXAGONAL

  • • Great for covering a round dining table or matching chaise loungers.
  • • These canopies typically have 8 ribs but are also available in 6-rib versions.

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Square Umbrella
  • • Pair a square dining table with a square umbrella for patio perfection.
  • • These canopies provide plenty of shade and are ideal for entertaining.

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SQUARE

  • • Pair a square dining table with a square umbrella for patio perfection.
  • • These canopies provide plenty of shade and are ideal for entertaining.

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Rectangular Umbrella
  • • Ideally paired with a rectangular or oval dining table,or spaces with rectangular seating arrangements.

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RECTANGULAR

  • • Ideally paired with a rectangular or oval dining table,or spaces with rectangular seating arrangements.

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HOW TO MEASURE FOR A PATIO UMBRELLA


How big should a patio umbrella be? It depends on your space. Make sure to buy a patio umbrella that provides enough shade to protect against sun and moisture without overwhelming the space. A good rule of thumb: your umbrella’s canopy should extend approximately two feet past the table’s edge or desired coverage area. Here’s a breakdown of how to measure for a patio umbrella:

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 36 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • Bistro set, single chair
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 48 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 4-person patio dining set or single chaise lounge
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 60 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 4-6 person patio dining set, small outdoor sectional or loveseat
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 72 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 6-person patio dining set, patio conversation set, or pair of chaise lounge chairs
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 84 inches
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • 6-8-person patio dining set or patioconversation set
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 96 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 8-10-person patio dining set, large sectional, or sofas
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 108 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 10+ patio dining set or oversized outdoor sectional

7-8' CANOPY DIAMETER

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 36 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • Bistro set, single chair

11-12' CANOPY DIAMETER

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 84 inches
  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • 6-8-person patio dining set or patioconversation set

8-9' CANOPY DIAMETER

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 48 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 4-person patio dining set or single chaise lounge

12-13' CANOPY DIAMETER

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 96 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 8-10-person patio dining set, large sectional, or sofas

9-10' CANOPY DIAMETER

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 60 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 4-6 person patio dining set, small outdoor sectional or loveseat

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 72 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 6-person patio dining set, patio conversation set, or pair of chaise lounge chairs

13-14' CANOPY DIAMETER

  • ◦ SHADE AREA DIAMETER

  • • Up to 108 inches
  • ◦ FURNITURE PAIRING

  • • 10+ patio dining set or oversized outdoor sectional

CANOPY FABRICS


One of the best tips for how to buy a patio umbrella: consider the fabric. The best fabric for your outdoor umbrella depends on a variety of factors, including your budget, space, and climate. The most common canopy fabrics are acrylic, polyester, and olefin.

An acrylic fabric umbrella.
  • • Highest quality canopy material.
  • • High-performance and resistant to water, mildew, mold, stains, and fading.
  • • Provides up to 98 percent UV protection.

Tip: Look for 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic, which means that the color is saturated throughout the fabric rather than printed on top.

ACRYLIC

  • • Highest quality canopy material.
  • • High-performance and resistant to water, mildew, mold, stains, and fading.
  • • Provides up to 98 percent UV protection.

Tip: Look for 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic, which means that the color is saturated throughout the fabric rather than printed on top.

Polyester Fabric Umbrella.
  • • 100-percent, solution-dyed polyester is the best value fabric for an umbrella canopy.
  • • Resistant to mildew, mold, stains, and fading, and performs very similar to acrylic.
  • • Blocks most UV rays.
  • • Mimics the characteristics of acrylic at a lower price point.

POLYESTER

  • • 100-percent, solution-dyed polyester is the best value fabric for an umbrella canopy.
  • • Resistant to mildew, mold, stains, and fading, and performs very similar to acrylic.
  • • Blocks most UV rays.
  • • Mimics the characteristics of acrylic at a lower price point.

POLE AND FRAME MATERIALS


In addition to overall aesthetic, pole and frame materials determine the strength and weather-resistance of your umbrella. When looking for materials, ask yourself the following questions: What type of frame is best for your location and climate? What size space is the umbrella shading? What materials are the surrounding furniture? Here’s the lowdown on each material type:

A wooden frame umbrella.
  • • Durable and best paired with wooden furniture Includes teak, eucalyptus, generic hardwood, and bamboo.
  • • Available in both one-piece and two-piece solid pole constructions.
  • • Most often feature brass, stainless steel, or aluminum accent pieces.
  • • Typically use a pulley-lift system to raise and lower the canopy.
  • • Keep in mind: All wooden umbrellas from AuthenTEAK resist insects and weather damage, but wooden poles will fade after prolonged direct exposure to the sun and moisture.

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WOODEN UMBRELLA FRAME

  • • Durable and best paired with wooden furniture Includes teak, eucalyptus, generic hardwood, and bamboo.
  • • Available in both one-piece and two-piece solid pole constructions.
  • • Most often feature brass, stainless steel, or aluminum accent pieces.
  • • Typically use a pulley-lift system to raise and lower the canopy.
  • • Keep in mind: All wooden umbrellas from AuthenTEAK resist insects and weather damage, but wooden poles will fade after prolonged direct exposure to the sun and moisture.

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An aluminum frame umbrella.
  • • Durable, low-maintenance, and ideal for both commercial and residential spaces.
  • • Great for all weather conditions and climates.
  • • In addition to a polished finish, aluminum poles are available in a variety of powder coat finishes such as: bronze, silver, black, white, champagne, anthracite/graphite, or driftwood.
  • • A few specialty frames by Tucci are finished with a wood grain called Aluma-TeakTM, which mimics the look of wood.
  • • Typically use a pulley-lift, manual push-up lift, or crank-lift (the only version with the ability to tilt) system to raise and lower the canopy.

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ALUMINUM UMBRELLA FRAME

  • • Durable, low-maintenance, and ideal for both commercial and residential spaces.
  • • Great for all weather conditions and climates.
  • • In addition to a polished finish, aluminum poles are available in a variety of powder coat finishes such as: bronze, silver, black, white, champagne, anthracite/graphite, or driftwood.
  • • A few specialty frames by Tucci are finished with a wood grain called Aluma-TeakTM, which mimics the look of wood.
  • • Typically use a pulley-lift, manual push-up lift, or crank-lift (the only version with the ability to tilt) system to raise and lower the canopy.

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UMBRELLA OPERATING MECHANISMS


Different umbrella operating mechanisms suit different needs. Some of the most common umbrella mechanisms are below:

An aluminum push button tilt umbrella.

Tilting umbrella

  • • How it works: Push a button to manually tilt the canopy.
  • • Typically have two positions: fully upright, and fully tilted (often in two different directions).
  • • Commonly found in aluminum umbrellas.

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PUSH-BUTTON TILT

Tilting umbrella

  • • How it works: Push a button to manually tilt the canopy.
  • • Typically have two positions: fully upright, and fully tilted (often in two different directions).
  • • Commonly found in aluminum umbrellas.

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A rotational tilt umbrella.

Tilting umbrella

  • • How it works: Spin one of the umbrella’s ribs clockwise to tilt the canopy as much or as little as you’d like.
  • • Usually found on high-end teak umbrellas.

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ROTATIONAL TILT

Tilting umbrella

  • • How it works: Spin one of the umbrella’s ribs clockwise to tilt the canopy as much or as little as you’d like.
  • • Usually found on high-end teak umbrellas.

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A collar tilt umbrella.

Tilting umbrella

  • • How it works: Twist your fully opened umbrella’s collar (located above the crank) to tilt.
  • • Easy to operate, and allows the umbrella to tilt in small increments to achieve perfect shade.

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COLLAR TILT

Tilting umbrella

  • • How it works: Twist your fully opened umbrella’s collar (located above the crank) to tilt.
  • • Easy to operate, and allows the umbrella to tilt in small increments to achieve perfect shade.

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LIFT TYPES


Lift type is the method used to open and close an umbrella’s canopy.

Push up lift mechanism.
  • • The support structure is manually pushed up by the hub of the umbrella, where the canopy and ribs come together around the center pole.
  • • The canopy pops or locks into place with a pin or lever securing the umbrella in an open position.
  • • Most similar mechanism to a standard rain umbrella.

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PUSH-UP

  • • The support structure is manually pushed up by the hub of the umbrella, where the canopy and ribs come together around the center pole.
  • • The canopy pops or locks into place with a pin or lever securing the umbrella in an open position.
  • • Most similar mechanism to a standard rain umbrella.

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A pulley lift mechanism.
  • • The umbrella is raised and lowered using a rope attached to a pulley.
  • • A pin or a cleat helps secure the umbrella in the open position.
  • • Most umbrellas have four pulleys, which allow for easy opening and closing.
  • • A great choice for both residential and commercial spaces.

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PULLEY

  • • The umbrella is raised and lowered using a rope attached to a pulley.
  • • A pin or a cleat helps secure the umbrella in the open position.
  • • Most umbrellas have four pulleys, which allow for easy opening and closing.
  • • A great choice for both residential and commercial spaces.

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A crank lift mechanism.
  • • A rotating handle—located near the center of the pole—is turned until the canopy is fully opened.
  • • The handle is then turned in reverse to close the umbrella.
  • • If choosing a crank-operated umbrella, make sure the crank doesn’t interfere with a tabletop, especially if the umbrella is placed in the center of a bar table.

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CRANK

  • • A rotating handle—located near the center of the pole—is turned until the canopy is fully opened.
  • • The handle is then turned in reverse to close the umbrella.
  • • If choosing a crank-operated umbrella, make sure the crank doesn’t interfere with a tabletop, especially if the umbrella is placed in the center of a bar table.

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BASES AND MOUNTS


Properly securing your umbrella to withstand winds and weather changes is crucial. Patio umbrellas can be secured by either a traditional base (which can sometimes have wheels) or a mount, which stabilizes an umbrella in a fixed place. Fixed mounts are generally only used with large cantilever umbrellas.

A market umbrella base.
  • • For freestanding market umbrellas, we recommend a base weighing a minimum of 80 pounds.
  • • A good rule of thumb when choosing a base for freestanding market umbrellas is to add 10 pounds per canopy foot.
  • • For umbrellas at the center of dining tables go for a lighter base, no more than 70 pounds, since the table itself provides additional support Most bases for market umbrellas are made from aluminum, steel, granite, or concrete.

MARKET UMBRELLA BASES

  • • For freestanding market umbrellas, we recommend a base weighing a minimum of 80 pounds.
  • • A good rule of thumb when choosing a base for freestanding market umbrellas is to add 10 pounds per canopy foot.
  • • For umbrellas at the center of dining tables go for a lighter base, no more than 70 pounds, since the table itself provides additional support Most bases for market umbrellas are made from aluminum, steel, granite, or concrete.
A cantilever umbrella base.
  • • Cantilever umbrellas require a specific base for each unique make and model.
  • • Make sure your base and umbrella are from the same brand and that the models are compatible.
  • • Most umbrella brands make minor model changes from time to time, so the year the umbrella was made could also be a factor in base compatibility Most cantilever bases are made of hard plastic shells filled with heavy sand.
  • • Other bases are made from galvanized steel plates that can be stacked on top of one another to achieve the desired weight, or heavy wood or steel blocks that fit into a steel base frame.

CANTILEVER UMBRELLA BASES

  • • Cantilever umbrellas require a specific base for each unique make and model.
  • • Make sure your base and umbrella are from the same brand and that the models are compatible.
  • • Most umbrella brands make minor model changes from time to time, so the year the umbrella was made could also be a factor in base compatibility Most cantilever bases are made of hard plastic shells filled with heavy sand.
  • • Other bases are made from galvanized steel plates that can be stacked on top of one another to achieve the desired weight, or heavy wood or steel blocks that fit into a steel base frame.
A wheeled umbrella base.
  • • A base with wheels typically starts at 100 pounds.
  • • These usually have two small rear wheels, but heavier bases have four wheels and locking casters, making them ideal for commercial locations that move furniture often.

WHEELED BASES

  • • A base with wheels typically starts at 100 pounds.
  • • These usually have two small rear wheels, but heavier bases have four wheels and locking casters, making them ideal for commercial locations that move furniture often.

An umnbrella base attached to the deck.
  • • There are three main types of mounts: concrete, deck/wood, and in-ground.
  • • Generally used with large cantilever umbrellas and require professional installation.
  • • Mounts are brand and model specific and are not universal.

CHOOSING AN UMBRELLA MOUNT

  • • There are three main types of mounts: concrete, deck/wood, and in-ground.
  • • Generally used with large cantilever umbrellas and require professional installation.
  • • Mounts are brand and model specific and are not universal.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

  • Pole diameter: Keep in mind that the umbrella pole will need to fit with the base. To ensure a snug, sturdy fit, make sure the diameter of your pole isn’t larger than the diameter of the base stem (or tube). The most common pole and stem size is 1.5 inches, but this can vary and go up to 2.5 inches in diameter. When in doubt, opt for a larger stem.
  • Reducer rings: A reducer ring is a round piece of wood or metal (usually brass or stainless steel) that is placed on or in a tabletop’s umbrella hole to create a snug fit for a too-small umbrella pole. Keep in mind that reducer rings are brand- and model-specific.
  • Pole diameter: Keep in mind that the umbrella pole will need to fit with the base. To ensure a snug, sturdy fit, make sure the diameter of your pole isn’t larger than the diameter of the base stem (or tube). The most common pole and stem size is 1.5 inches, but this can vary and go up to 2.5 inches in diameter. When in doubt, opt for a larger stem.
  • Reducer rings: A reducer ring is a round piece of wood or metal (usually brass or stainless steel) that is placed on or in a tabletop’s umbrella hole to create a snug fit for a too-small umbrella pole. Keep in mind that reducer rings are brand- and model-specific.

REPLACEMENT CANOPIES AND FRAMES


Need a replacement? Replacing a canopy or frame is a great way to extend the life of your umbrella, or easily update its color or style. Keep in mind that canopies and frames are often brand-specific, and when ordering a replacement, you’ll want to know your existing umbrella’s brand, model, size, and (for canopies) the shape and number of ribs.

Umbrella diagram

ACCESSORIES


Finish the look and extend the life of your outdoor umbrella with accessories and add-ons.

An umbrella with lights on the frame.
  • • Typically made with long-lasting and rechargeable LED lights that emit little heat.
  • • Can be secured to the ribs inside the canopy.
  • • Some large cantilever umbrellas, like the Treasure Garden Starlux have lights built directly into the ribs.

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LIGHTS

  • • Typically made with long-lasting and rechargeable LED lights that emit little heat.
  • • Can be secured to the ribs inside the canopy.
  • • Some large cantilever umbrellas, like the Treasure Garden Starlux have lights built directly into the ribs.

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An umbrella inside a protective cover.
  • • Weather-resistant covers help keep the frame and canopy clean, dry, and mildew-free.
  • • Most often made from durable, all-weather, and breathable fabrics.
  • • Make sure to store your umbrella in an upright position in an enclosed, dry area like a basement, garage, or pool house.

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PROTECTIVE COVERS

  • • Weather-resistant covers help keep the frame and canopy clean, dry, and mildew-free.
  • • Most often made from durable, all-weather, and breathable fabrics.
  • • Make sure to store your umbrella in an upright position in an enclosed, dry area like a basement, garage, or pool house.

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An umbrella base wet with rain drops.

MAINTENANCE & CARE


Once you’ve mastered how to buy an outdoor umbrella, it’s important to maintain its quality. To extend the life of your umbrella and keep it looking and functioning its best, follow these maintenance and care guidelines.

  • • Make sure to open your umbrella gently; forcing an umbrella open can damage the mechanics and shorten its lifespan.
  • • If your umbrella doesn’t open easily, check that the pulley rope, ribs, and/or canopy are not crossed underneath.
  • • Close the canopy when not in use, and do not leave canopy open unattended.
  • • Use a protective cover whenever possible, especially in off-seasons and during long periods of inactivity.
  • • Keep your umbrella dry when not in use.
  • • While most fabrics are weather-resistant, prolonged moisture exposure can cause mildew and shorten the life of your umbrella.
  • • For all frame materials, use a damp cloth to wipe down the ribs, finial, and pole.
  • • If especially dirty, use a mild soap, but avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners.
  • • Aim to clean the canopy while it’s still on the frame. Using a garden hose with a spray attachment, wet the canopy, adding mild soap or bleach for tough stains, and use a medium-gentle nylon bristle brush to remove any surface dirt and debris.
  • • Rinse off when done. If this method does not work, remove the canopy from the frame and wash in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.
  • • Place the canopy back on the frame to finish drying Canopies should never be pressure washed or put in the dryer.

GENERAL TIPS:

  • • Make sure to open your umbrella gently; forcing an umbrella open can damage the mechanics and shorten its lifespan.
  • • If your umbrella doesn’t open easily, check that the pulley rope, ribs, and/or canopy are not crossed underneath.
  • • Close the canopy when not in use, and do not leave canopy open unattended.
  • • Use a protective cover whenever possible, especially in off-seasons and during long periods of inactivity.
  • • Keep your umbrella dry when not in use.
  • • While most fabrics are weather-resistant, prolonged moisture exposure can cause mildew and shorten the life of your umbrella.

CLEANING THE UMBRELLA FRAME

  • • For all frame materials, use a damp cloth to wipe down the ribs, finial, and pole.
  • • If especially dirty, use a mild soap, but avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners.

CLEANING THE UMBRELLA CANOPY

  • • Aim to clean the canopy while it’s still on the frame. Using a garden hose with a spray attachment, wet the canopy, adding mild soap or bleach for tough stains, and use a medium-gentle nylon bristle brush to remove any surface dirt and debris.
  • • Rinse off when done. If this method does not work, remove the canopy from the frame and wash in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.
  • • Place the canopy back on the frame to finish drying Canopies should never be pressure washed or put in the dryer.

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