Next time you enjoy your backyard oasis, look down – that is,
look at the bottom of your outdoor umbrellas. Do you like what you see? Or
could your umbrella bases use an upgrade? Here is what you need to know about
this important – but often overlooked – part of your outdoor décor.
What are Umbrella Bases Made of?
There are several different types of materials available in contemporary
umbrella bases. Which you choose depends largely on the type of umbrella you
have, where it is placed and how strong of a foundation your umbrella requires.
For applications where you need to protect your umbrella
from toppling over due to strong winds or perhaps a large, weighty umbrella, bases
made of cast stone and concrete are preferable. A concrete umbrella base is the
workhorse of umbrella stands, built to last and withstand all types of weather.
Powder coated cast iron is another good option when you require a very stable
umbrella stand capable of handling a large shade feature.
One of the more common types of patio umbrella base is one
made from polymer or plastic. These are the styles that are filled with water
or sand to give them more weight. While they do the job, they aren’t the most
aesthetic choice, nor do they last very long, but they are often used as a
commercial umbrella base at many a hotel’s poolside.
Finally, an aluminum umbrella base is gaining in popularity
due to its durability and good looks. Aluminum umbrella bases can be crafted to
resemble everything from cast iron to mosaic tiles yet last much longer and keep
its integrity and gorgeous design details.
Umbrella Bases for Specific Uses
Another option available when shopping for umbrella bases are
those made for specific uses and those for specific types of outdoor umbrellas.
Perhaps you have only a single umbrella in your outdoor
living space. That means you may want to move it around, depending on where you
wish to sit and where you need shade. In this case, an umbrella base with
wheels is preferable. It allows you to take a rather large and ungainly shade
feature and make it mobile. There is even an umbrella base with wheels that
features a planter incorporated in the design, so the umbrella stand becomes a
piece of colorful décor all on its own.
Another type of umbrella stand is made precisely for
cantilever or offset umbrellas. These umbrella bases are usually larger in area,
providing a broader foundation for an umbrella shade that is off center. These
are available in various materials and often include four base plates for added
stability. Often, they can be bolted into a pool deck or concrete patio.
When it’s time to replace your patio umbrella bases, consider the type of material you need, the design you want and the features required to make a stable foundation for your outdoor umbrellas. At Hauser’s Patio, we offer a patio umbrella base of the highest quality to finish off the beautiful décor in your backyard oasis.