How to choose a parasol base is a question we get asked at Shade Specialists on a regular occurrence. There a few key factors to consider when making that decision. Firstly, you cannot go too heavy. Nobody ever complains because their garden parasol is still upright and in good working order!
When choosing your base, consider how your parasol will be used. If your garden umbrella is going through the middle of a sturdy table, you can afford to go lighter on the parasol base. The table will act as ballast and will provide stability too. Despite going through a sturdy table, you will however still require a base to provide the stability and maintain the position of the pole.
Should your garden umbrella be free standing it is essential to have adequate weight. You will also find the larger parasol bases are not only heavier, but also have a larger footprint, which reduces the chances of the garden parasol tipping over. For medium to large centre pole umbrellas Shade Specialists recommend using the heavier 70kg granite parasol bases, which visually look the same as the 50kg, but are slightly larger in dimension. When purchasing large commercial umbrellas (4m and larger) we recommend using a cross parasol base. The cross-parasol base is supplied with 4 x 30kg bases (either granite or concrete) and can be loaded with additional bases for windier locations / added security.
For the ultimate security you can choose to install a ground parasol base. A ground base for parasol requires a hole to be dug of approximately 80 cm3, which would be filled with concrete, and the steel parasol base sunk level with the ground. This is the cheapest method in terms of parts, but costlier in terms of labour. A concrete base is a popular method for cantilever parasols or large commercial umbrellas, the type of umbrella most commonly found in pubs, restaurants, hotels and commercial properties due to the added security they offer. A secondary benefit to a ground parasol base is the reduced footprint and it also removes the tripping hazard, making it an extremely popular option in eating and drinking establishment.
A beautiful umbrella can instantly transform any outdoor area. With more and more people craving the outdoor lifestyle parasols are becoming an essential accessory for anyone wishing to extend their lifestyle outdoors. A stylish and practical parasol will enhance any outdoor area, creating a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy alfresco dining, or a tranquil environment as you laze by the pool.
If you have any questions about bases for parasols, need help, or require further information about parasol bases, please contact us.