Patio Parasol Bases

A parasol is a type of umbrella designed for sun sheltering and is essential for any garden during the warmer months. They usually sit in a hole in the middle of your patio table, providing some privacy.

Parasols also protect your skin from UV radiation, while  making your life more comfortable by shading you from the sun. They come in a wide variety of shapes, materials and colours.

Types of parasol bases

  • Plastic - The most common kind are plastic parasol bases that support the parasol pole by affixing it to the base sleeve. These bases are usually filled with water or sand in order to make them heavier and ensure the parasol does not lean or pop out of the sleeve
  • Concrete or stone - The bases are very stable and heavy. They can be painted in many different colours and are usually powder coated in order to be protected from corrosion or chipping. More luxurious stone bases are made, for example, from marble or granite
  • Wood - Wood can also be used for parasol bases. Wooden bases fit wooden parasols perfectly, as expected, but they are usually small and not able to support larger parasols. Being made from wood, they are also hard to maintain, especially during harsher weather
  • Metal - These parasol bases are on average more stylish while still being heavy enough to support larger parasols. On the other hand, they can be more pricey. They are usually made of cast iron

How to maintain parasol bases

Your parasol bases can be damaged from extreme weather conditions or, depending on the material, stained with mildew, fungi, or general grime.

  • Plastic - These parasol bases can be cleaned with bleach, dishwashing soap detergent for tough stains, or even vinegar. Do not use soaps that contain ammonia, as they will weaken and tarnish the plastic
  • Concrete or stone - They should be powder coated, as powder coating protects them from wear
  • Wood - Bases can be cleaned with warm water mixed with washing up liquid, as long as you don’t soak the wood in the solution. Do not place the wooden bases directly nearby vents or heating units, as they can make the wood crack and splinter.