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Different Styles of Umbrella Bases

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.

steel plate umbrella base
This steel plate square umbrella base is sleek and modern.

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.

round cast iron umbrella base
This cast iron base for outdoor umbrellas is both durable and beautiful.

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.

umbrella base with wheels
An umbrella base with wheels

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.

Barlow Tyrie umbrella base
This umbrella base by Barlow Tyrie is made specifically for a freestanding sail cantilever parasol umbrella

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.

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