How to choose the beach umbrella frames?

beach umbrella frame

How to choose the beach umbrella frames?

The umbrella frame is an important support part, the material, and firmness of which determines the beach umbrella use. Many customers ask many questions about it when purchasing beach umbrellas. Today we share the following knowledge. I hope it helps.

What are the parts of a frame?

When you’re researching outdoor umbrellas and comparing different brands and models, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the various components and options. Buyers should utilize the table below to identify common frame parts and learn their functions.

beach umbrella frame


For traditional market-style umbrellas, the primary support for the top is a vertical pole or rod. They come in various widths and are usually divided into two parts to simplify transport and storage. Single pieces and thicker poles are more resilient in high wind conditions. Conventional rods are 32mm and 28mm in diameter.We can also add a metal tilt to make the beach umbrella for more shade.


The slender pieces that allow the sunshade to retain its shape and keep the visor in the open position are called ribs or pillars. There are two types of ribs.
Main ribs(long ribs) – fixed to the top of the umbrella frame and extending from the central axis below the outer edge of the awning
Support ribs(short ribs) – attached to the lower side of the main rib for easy opening and closing of the canopy

Steel ribs are available in diameters of 3.0, 3.2, 3.8, 4.0 mm.
Fiberglass ribs come in diameters of 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 mm.


A ring device that works in conjunction with a rib is called a hub. There are two types of hubs.
Top wheel – located at the top of the bar, this wheel holds the main ribs in place
Run wheel – located at the lower end of the bar, this wheel is attached to the support rib and slides up and down to open and close the canopy

The hub and the ribs will be strung together by steel wire.

What pole or frame material should I use?

Choosing materials for your umbrella holder is actually about determining your priorities. Do you want a stylish look? Are you most concerned about the durability in wet or windy conditions? Heck, you might just want to help your favorite top fabric really “pop”. The four main materials that make up the umbrella pole and frame are wood, aluminum, metal, and fiberglass. Each material has its own advantages and characteristics, so you must decide which one is best for your needs.



Wooden umbrellas have a classic, timeless charm. Their natural, sophisticated appearance is best expressed in lush green surroundings. In beach umbrellas wood is usually used to make poles, the most common hardwoods are beech, poplar, and ash. However, these expensive raw materials add to the cost. The wood is treated with wax oil to resist insects, rot, and weather damage, but it does fade after prolonged exposure to sun and rain. In addition, wood poles are not as durable as fiberglass and are heavier than aluminum and iron. If you’re sure you absolutely must have the wood look, many manufacturers will offer faux wood finishes on their metal or fiberglass models.


Aluminum is an inexpensive alloy that is lightweight and ideal for outdoor shade. Most aluminum will be powder coated or anodized to resist corrosion and other signs of wear. Like wood, it’s usually used as a pole. Because neither material can achieve the toughness of fiberglass and metal steel.

beach umbrella pole


Framing material – fiberglass is one of the most durable on the market. Fiberglass is light in weight, strong and much softer than wood or aluminum. This flexibility allows it to bend without breaking even in the worst of storms. It has a good application on the umbrella ribs. In addition, fiberglass will not rust or rot, so it will perform well even in wet conditions. Fiberglass umbrellas are available in a variety of colors to help them blend into any outdoor color palette.

Fiberglass frame


Metal steel framed outdoor umbrellas are one of the most common in the market. Good weight bearing and cheap. Able to be used as poles and bones, usually promotional beach umbrellas will choose to use metal for their frames. If you’re on a budget, I think this would be a great option.

metal frame

Additional Features


A tilt feature can also be added to the pole, allowing you to tilt the canopy shade. This way, you can effectively block out the sun throughout the day without having to relocate your umbrella.

For more beach umbrella customization needs, feel free to contact us.



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