Accessories & Parts

Accessories & Parts

Patio Umbrella Lights

Outdoor umbrellas provide cooling shade and UV protection during the heat of the day but offer little more than overhead coverage at night. Umbrella lights are a great way to illuminate your outdoor space so you can enjoy more time with family and friends . Some models clip onto the canopy framework, while others clamp around the poles of market umbrellas or retractable lower hub extensions of cantilever shades. High-end outdoor umbrella lights often have Bluetooth® speakers to play your favorite music or multi-color LED lighting features.

Umbrella Covers

Centerpost and offset umbrellas protect you during sunny and warm weather. So, shouldn't you return the favor when conditions turn cold or rainy? Patio umbrella covers are made from weather-resistant synthetic materials and help to keep your umbrella canopy looking great and functioning properly for a long time. A small investment in a cover now will save you much more in the long run.

Replacement Umbrella Canopies & Parts

Over time, even the best outdoor umbrellas need to have components replaced. Extended exposure to the sun, wind, rain and temperature changes ultimately lead to fading, tearing, breakage and functional decline. Premium shade manufacturers tend to offer replacement canopies, ribs and hub assemblies on their own so you don't have to buy a whole new umbrella. This offers you an opportunity to infuse a fresh vibrant color into your outdoor space or coordinate with a new palette.

Key considerations - Accessories & Parts

  • Compatibility - When purchasing replacement parts for patio umbrellas, be sure that they will work with your specific model. Brands update product specifications so new versions may have slight differences in attachment mechanisms and design requirements.
  • Size - Many accessories have very precise measurements that limit the size of umbrella, canopy, pole or frame they can work with. Check specification sheets to ensure everything fits properly.
  • Additional Components - Doublecheck that all required pieces, bolts, screws, etc. are included and identify sources for anything missing.
  • Instruction Materials - Review all manufacturer installation guides before attempting to replace parts or integrate accessories. Improper actions and tools may cause damage to both your umbrella and the new component or waste time. Not following directions may also have warranty implications.
  • Power Source - Umbrella lights and speakers are battery-powered, solar-powered or need a hardwire connection to an electrical outlet. Understand the powering method in advance to avoid a surprise if extension cords are needed.

Frequently Asked Questions - Accessories & Parts

How do you replace the canopy of a patio umbrella?

If you purchased a replacement canopy from the umbrella's manufacturer or one that's compatible in size and design with your original, changing out the fabric should be relatively easy if you follow the 10-Step process below.

NOTE - If you have a market umbrella that is larger than 10 feet in diameter or you're worried about getting up on a ladder, you might want to lay it on the ground for steps 2-9. Cantilever umbrellas should remain upright during the process unless you have a lot of help since they are heavy and often challenging to mount.

Helpful Tools & Equipment
  • Footstool or step ladder
  • Screwdriver (manual or electric)
  • Allen wrench or hex key
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Damp rag
  • Soft brush
  1. Step 1 - Close the patio umbrella

    When the umbrella is fully open, the canopy is taut and removing it risks damaging the rib assembly or possibly injuring you.

  2. Step 2 - Free the old canopy from the rib tips

    Many patio umbrellas have canopies with sewn-in pockets in which the tips of the ribs fit. If that's what yours has, gently pull down on a canopy corner with one hand and guide the rib tip out with the other. Repeat this until all pockets have been emptied (usually 6-8 ribs). High-end and commercial-grade outdoor umbrellas may attach canopies to the rib assembly with screws or hex bolts that pass through metal grommets at the edge of the canopy. In this case, use the appropriately sized manual screwdriver, electric screwdriver bit or Allen Wrench/hex key to remove the bolts. Set them to the side so they don't get lost.

  3. Step 3 - Detach the finial

    The finial is a cap at the top of an outdoor umbrella that helps to stabilize the center of the canopy fabric. It may be a simple ball or an elaborate decorative flourish. Depending on the umbrella's height (or yours), you may need a footstool or step ladder to access it. Most can be removed by simply unscrewing it. Set it off to the side with the bolts (if used) so it can be easily accessed later.

  4. Step 4 - Remove the old canopy fabric

    Slowly lift the fabric from the top center of the canopy with one hand and gather more with the other until it is completely freed from the rib assembly. If you missed removing or detaching any ribs, you'll quickly discover your omission here. With the removed canopy in hand, carefully step down off the stool or ladder (if used) and set the fabric out of the way.

  5. Step 5 - Check the condition of the canopy framework

    Occasionally, individual ribs may get damaged during wind gusts or if the umbrella is opened or closed improperly or while obstructed. Sometimes, the attached fabric itself helps to hide structural damage beneath. Take advantage of the naked umbrella to inspect each rib, connector and hub to ensure that they are in perfect working condition. If anything is broken, you may want to buy a replacement before attaching the new canopy.

  6. Step 6 - Clean the ribs and hubs

    Remove any debris that may have accumulated in the framework. There are plenty of moving parts in the hub and rib assemblies where leaves, pine needles and other small particles may have gotten wedged in over time. Needle nose pliers are extremely helpful for removing small bits from tight hard-to-get-at spaces. Once the umbrella frame is free from debris, wipe down everything with a damp rag. This is the perfect time to clean off dirt and grime and make your umbrella look its best. Use soapy water and a soft brush if needed to address stubborn build-up.

  7. Step 7 - Put on the new canopy

    Drape the replacement canopy over the umbrella frame and center the hole with the top of the pole or frame. Rotate the canopy to align the corners of the fabric with the ribs.

  8. Step 8 - Reattach the finial

    Screw the finial through the hole and into the pole or frame. You might not want to screw it in all the way to give you a little “wiggle room” to adjust the fabric if the corners get slightly misaligned.

  9. Step 9 - Secure the new canopy to the rib tips

    Reverse the process you used in Step 2 to fit the fabric to the rib assembly. It may be easier if you slightly open the umbrella so that you don't accidentally miss a rib and attach the fabric incorrectly. Also, be careful not to tighten any screws or hex bolts too tightly to avoid stripping the holes (especially if the ribs are wood or fiberglass). Work your way around until all corners of the canopy are attached. If you left the finial a little loose, tighten it down at this point.

  10. Step 10 - Open the outdoor umbrella

    Slowly open the umbrella and monitor everything to make sure that it's opening evenly and that the ribs are properly positioned. New canopies tend to be slightly smaller than the old stretched-out ones they're replacing, so the tension is going to be stronger initially. Don't force the canopy open quickly and risk bending ribs. Go slowly to allow the rib tips to settle in their pockets or adjust to their new fasteners and the increased tension safely.

How do you attach patio umbrella lights?

Outdoor umbrella lights are typically attached in one of two ways, depending on the product design.

  • Ring Umbrella Lights - These round clasp-like LED accessories open up and close around the central pole of market umbrellas or lower hub extension posts of some cantilever models. Most products automatically adjust to the diameter but may not be compatible with wider poles. You can place them at any height you want along the pole. They should be removed before closing the canopy to prevent damage.
  • String Umbrella Lights - These resemble holiday lights and may be strung along individual ribs and secured with cable ties or hung from the edge of canopies by clips. If the LED bulbs dangle like icicles or have excess wiring, be careful when opening and closing to avoid tangles.
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