Patio Umbrellas are incredibly versatile in protecting you from Earth’s elements including the sun, rain, and wind but sometimes one of these elements, wind, can cause your umbrella to fall over.
Well, you might wonder what are the best ways to fix that? Well, you came to the right place! Here are some simple DIY ways you can secure your umbrella from spinning! I have also listed a few ways you can spend some money to fix this issue if you’re lazy and don’t like putting in the work.
How To Keep Your Patio Umbrella From blowing away?
If you’re reading this, I hope your patio umbrella only fell over and didn’t blow away. If it blew away, well good luck finding it! If it did fly away and you’re looking to buy a new patio umbrella, Click here to see the best patio umbrellas are good for windy conditions! However, if you are wondering how to prevent it from falling over, well keep on reading!
- Use a stronger foundation
Just like anything else, the foundation is always the most important. The same goes for patio umbrellas a stronger foundation will keep your umbrella in place much better. A stronger foundation implies a stronger base or a heavier one.
Anything that’s hard and sturdy is a good choice for a base and materials such as cement or granite both fit the description. If you bought a more expensive umbrella, you might’ve already received a heavy base that is perfect to use, however, most lower end umbrellas come with lighter bases or no base at all.
In this case, you could buy a base separately which is usually the best thing to do or you could even DIY one. Just use a couple of sandbags and put them around the base to make it heavier and more sturdy.
The general guideline is to use 10 pounds or 5 Kg of weight for every foot of umbrella length. This works in most cases but if you have extremely strong winds in your area, putting a few more pounds won’t hurt.
- Drill down the base
The alternative to adding weight to your base is to just drill it down to the ground. Many bases will come with holes or you can make your own and just drill it down to the ground. This obviously is much stronger compared to adding weight because the wind ain’t blowing away the ground unless the screws break off.
The major disadvantage of this is that it makes it way harder to move around your umbrella once you drill it down. You need to ask yourself if it’s worth drilling down your umbrella for the sacrifice of not being able to move it. If you live in a windy area, this will be more beneficial to you!
- Strengthen the base even more
The best way to strengthen it is by keeping it held down better, and the best way to do this is to add more weight. Well, what are some ways to add more weight? I’m happy you asked!
These bags are extremely useful and are quite heavy compared to sand bags.
Getting one of these is extremely easy and cheap for anybody. All you have to do is find some bags and fill them up with sand or even mud, basically anything with weight to it. And then just pile them up around the base of the umbrella. Follow the guidelines above of 10 pounds per every foot of umbrella length!
Another way to strengthen the base is to get some type of container such as a bucket and fill it with gravel or anything like gravel. Just stuck the base of the umbrella in there and it’ll stay safe and secure.
Finding cinder blocks is quite easy depending on where you live and they can be quite useful to keep your umbrella from flying off.
I’m pretty sure all of you know that lead is one of the densest materials that you can find and they certainly do have quite a lot of weight. You can buy lead bags that are very tiny but add a lot of weight and are useful if you don’t have much space. However, they’re way more expensive than sand bags and also pose a health hazard.
Use a Cantilever umbrella base
These types of umbrellas are generally way heavier and their bases are made to support this extra weight. The good part about their bases is that they can also be used with regular umbrellas! They do end up being way more expensive but it really is worth it in the long run.
- Close umbrella when not in use
Imagine keeping the lights on if you’re not using the light. Feels wasteful right? Well, apply the same logic here! Manufacturers even recommend closing umbrellas when not in use. You really don’t wanna wake up and see that your umbrella flew off!
Read the instructions for your patio umbrella because they indicate what wind speeds the umbrella can handle without breaking. And then compare that to the wind data in your area and see if the umbrella is fit for your area.
Some umbrellas also come with a strap to keep the umbrella closed because even if you close your umbrella, it could still open during strong winds. So, make sure to use the strap to make sure it stays closed.
Some higher end umbrellas also come with a cover that helps to keep it closed even more!
- Use a stronger frame
The frame of the umbrella is what keeps it from breaking apart and I think we can all agree that steel would be stronger than wood. However, there is an even stronger material which is fiberglass. If you can afford it, try to buy a fiberglass frame, if not go for the steel frame.
If you really need to have that wood aesthetic, try to find one with eucalyptus wood. This type of wood is well known for its strength.
The heavier steel also provides additional weight for the umbrella to stay put during strong winds but it does make it quite a bit harder to move around. Aluminium is a better choice if you’re gonna be moving around the umbrella a lot as it’s quite lighter yet sturdy.
- Make use of metal joints
If you live in an area with a high variation of temperatures, plastic joints will be brutal for you. Plastic expands and contracts easily compared to metal and it’ll cause a lot of wear and tear on your umbrella.
Try to buy one with metal joints as they can handle a lot more temperature variation and they are generally stronger! If one joint breaks, the whole umbrella might stop working which is why strong joints are important.
The one downside about metal is that it rusts, and the way around this is to find metal joints with a coating on them that prevents any type of rust.
- Make air vents
Air vents are generally used to keep the area under the umbrella cool by letting air flow in and out, however, they also serve another purpose. They let strong winds pass by without picking up the whole umbrella.
If you held any umbrella in the air, it would fly off pretty quickly but imagine if there was a tiny hole in the umbrella, this would make it much harder for the wind to push the umbrella as the wind just flows through.
Most patio umbrellas come with one air vent but if your area has strong winds, you might wanna get 2 air vents! You can also get them made by a tailor if you already bought an umbrella.
- Use a strong patio table
Going back to the foundation, the table is also part of the foundation! If you have a good table with a hole to support the umbrella, it’ll help keep your umbrella in place along with all the other tips!
A table also allows you to have dinner outside with the family or just go out for some tea! Just make sure to buy the right table for your umbrella size so that it fits. Also, make sure the table is sturdy itself as you don’t want a cheap plastic table that might fly off itself with some wind.
How to Keep Your Patio Umbrella From Spinning?
Apart from keeping your umbrella from flying away, another issue is keeping it from spinning. Sure this isn’t a dangerous issue but it can be quite annoying at times especially when you’re just trying to have a conversation but your umbrella wants to furiously spin.
Here are some ways you can fix that!
- Use the correct base
Every base has a different size for the pole while every umbrella has a different pole size. If the size is too loose, the umbrella will spin a lot more and could even spin out and if it’s too tight… well it won’t fit.
If you get the perfect size, the umbrella will sit in it all snuggly and won’t move around much.
- Tighten the umbrella in place
If you look at the bottom of your umbrella, you might see a knob. This knob helps to keep the umbrella secured and prevents spinning. Make sure to screw the knob in to keep the umbrella in place.
You can do it freehand, which isn’t recommended as it isn’t entirely secure or you can do it using a few tools which is much better! Tightening it is quite easy and can be don’t quite quickly and will help a lot in keeping your umbrella in one place.
- Use a through-bolt
Imagine a stick was spinning and to stop it you just put your finger on the side of the stick. Well, you can do the same thing with an umbrella using a through-bolt!
This solution should only be done if the above ones didn’t work for you as this involves quite a bit more work. However, you can always adjust the tightening and it does help a lot.
Get a screw that is a bit longer than the width of the umbrella pole. What we’re gonna be doing is putting a screw through the base and the pole to help secure the pole from spinning.
Drill a hole through the base and the pole at the same time so that the hole is completely straight. If you drilled it separately, the holes might be misaligned which can lead to a bunch of problems that you don’t need right now.
Insert the screw into the hole, tighten it, and seal both sides to make sure rust doesn’t affect it. After this, your umbrella should’ve stopped spinning. It should be impossible to spin after this but if it is, well you did something wrong.
- Use an umbrella ring
Another extra thing you can do if you don’t want to drill any holes is to use an umbrella ring. An umbrella ring is something that introduces some resistance to prevent your umbrella from spinning. It gets placed in the hole in the table and is generally pretty effective.
However, it won’t work if you have strong winds so be wary of your conditions! You can also get them in different colors which can help to bring some more design into your patio!
Do Cantilever Umbrellas Blow Over?
Is it an umbrella? Well, then it will blow over! Anything that resembles the shape of an umbrella will get affected by the wind. These types of umbrellas do look much more cleaner and prettier as they sit on the side and use a stand to provide shade.
However, they’re way less sturdy due to their design but they do include a lot more weight in them. The best way to prevent these from falling over is using the same tips above. All of them will work and with these types of umbrellas, you won’t have to worry about any spinning due to their unique design.
When you sit on your patio, under your beautiful umbrella, you just wanna relax and not deal with anything. Having your patio umbrella spin and fall over are certainly things that will ruin your experiences so it’s good to make sure they are fixed beforehand.
These issues can also be hazardous to humans if the umbrella falls on them so it’s best to fix them ASAP. I hope the fixes above were useful to the people reading this as they’ve been quite useful in my life.
Please share your experiences or if you have some secret tips that you wanna share with us!