How to Replace a Patio Umbrella Canopy

In this article, we show you how to replace a patio umbrella canopy, including the material, size, customizing, and patterns.

My patio does not look as nice as last season when I looked at my backyard. It looks jaded and faded while the rest of the furniture has retained its form, and the canopy sticks out like a sore thumb. Summer is fast approaching, and I’m sure we’ll be spending much more time outside due to the unusually harsh winter.

It’s the umbrella canopy in the picture. I had selected the set so carefully. The structure is made out of fiberglass ribs, a strong foundation, etc. The vendor did not provide me with the correct grade of fabric for the canopy. So, after doing all of that work, the last thing I want to do is replace my patio umbrella canopy. My neighbor did the same thing the previous summer, so I went to see how he did it. Like her, I’d instead do a canopy replacement that put in over $300 last season for the complete patio umbrella set. It doesn’t hurt to renew.

Procedure of Umbrella Canopy Replacement

The procedure of umbrella canopy replacement is not difficult. On a steady, clear day, tilt your umbrella down and tie a rope around it to make it easier to handle. Now remove the pole from its pier and place the umbrella on a suitable table. Lay it down and remove the ring or cap from the top. This will enable you to remove the canopy from the final hole once disconnected from the ribs.

If you’re using Primobolan, make sure there are any ties inside around the individual ribs that keep the canvas in place. Once opened, you can move on to the slightly more difficult part. So it’s a good idea if you have someone available to help you. Otherwise, be patient and slowly remove the cup from the first rib. You can try bending it, but you must not go overboard. Otherwise, your umbrella rib will crack. Once this is the first, the others will be easy. You are now ready to install the new umbrella, the reverse of the process.

Where can I buy a canopy replacement? Visit Amazon or any other reputable online seller. It depends on the size of your umbrella and fabric choice, and prices begin at $15. Let’s just stop here, but I encourage you to continue reading if you want to get everything right.

What material for the canopy?

I don’t know about you, but I won’t have to go through the disappointment of a faded-looking canopy again. I discovered the difficulties with the canopy’s cloth after doing some research. Typically, the color fades because the fabric is not made of solution-dyed fibers. Applying dye to the finished material does not result in a color fastness compared to the dyed thread. You must have heard about the phrase dyed with wool. The same concept may be applied here as well.

Check for colorfastness certified by SGS or a European Standard Level (ESL). Grade 4 is recommended. Another feature you should look for is UV protection. When ordering, a little attention to detail would save you time and effort by not spraying the entire canopy with a UV protector. Water-resistance is the third feature of a decent canopy. My research recommends the following materials.

Spun Polyester

The fabric’s fibers are spun together, giving it a cotton-like feel. To help you understand what a canopy of this material would cost, Amazon offers a 9′ diameter 8 ribs one for $35. We’ll have to discuss dimensions—and I will do so soon—since you can’t go forward without realizing what would go in your current umbrella frame.


This is another polyester-based fabric that performs well in moist or wet weather. Apart from being colorfast, olefin is resistant to mildew. It’s also UV-resistant and heats tolerant. It’s also water, mud, and snow-resistant, so olefin cloth is used in car mats. Many online stores don’t provide this option, so that that availability may be an issue. We’ll address this issue as we move forward, as it may be necessary if your geography is similar to Washington state.


This is the greatest alternative, but it’s also the most costly. This is carried by the brands such as Sunbrella, Oatdura, and Spuncrylic.

What measurements are needed?

You must first know your umbrella’s specifications and features to place an order online.

  • Count the number of ribs on your umbrella. On average, it’s six or eight.
  • Confirm how many gusts of wind are at the top. It usually is a single vent unless you live in a windy location and have chosen a double wind vent canopy. Which is the best patio umbrella for the wind – This whole subject has to be studied and studied. We can help with this.
  • Now please proceed to measure the following items:
  1. Measure from the tip to the end of the hole, and measure from the center of the crack to the tip of any rib by using a measuring tape, then remove the ferrule. Note in inches.
  2. Measure from tip to tip from the tip of one rib to the next adjacent end, from tip-center to tip-center.
  3. The diameter of the last hole measures it.
  4. The rib strut’s cross-section. This is required to properly size the pocket that will house the new canopy at each tip. The width and height of the strut should be measured; it probably will be in fractional inches.

The umbrella diameter is one factor that some websites may ask about. Simply said, this is measurement number one, doubled. The first measurement number was the canopy’s radius, as you see here. As an aside, if you’re a DIY enthusiast and want to design a custom-made canopy, remember that the diameter is effectively a little more than that because a canopy roof isn’t flat; It curves a bit on the tips.

What if I want to tailor and custom-design?

Well, it’s not as useless an idea as it might seem. Some compelling reasons exist for doing this. You’ve chosen a specific fabric because it is the best match for your weather conditions. Let’s say you want to go for olefin fabric. Quite likely, it is not available online to your required specifications.

Second, the cushions and accessories are included in your decision to restore the umbrella canopy. The family has its sights set on a shade or a certain design—say, checks—that has you stumped about where you’d get such a canopy ready-made? Not every replacement of an umbrella may be happening online.

So, here we go. I recommend that you watch a DIY video on how to cut, pattern, and stitch a new patio umbrella fabric, beginning with the replacement.

Let’s suppose you had second thoughts, and the family suggests, “Why don’t we just time the canopy with the planned renovation of our backyard for next summer?” There’s just a little rip on one side. “Can we fix it till we get the new backyard furniture?” The answer is “yes.” Please get a matching patch of canvas and watch this simple video on repairing a tear neatly.

Let me offer you one more bit of advice. The canopy replacement that was delivered earlier ended up being somewhat too large. I mean, once installed, Canopy wasn’t smart enough to look. Sounds familiar? What you do. Go through the trouble of product replacement by the seller? Yes, but instead of heading straight to the nearest home shop, go to the neighborhood furniture store and search for rubber leg tips—the kind you install on furniture legs—which are the correct size to fit your umbrella ribs. Fix these at all tips to increase their effective length. Your canopy should now be taut.

So, we have come to the end of our education on how to replace a patio umbrella canopy. To recapitulate the steps:

  • You verified the specifications and dimensions of your umbrella.
  • You selected the correct type of fabric for weather resistance and colorfastness.
  • Make a call on ordering ready-to-use or custom fabricating the canopy.
  • Follow each stage of the procedure for removing and replacing the old canopy and fixing the new canopy.

Some more tips on maintenance

When removing the old awning, check for rust on the umbrella pole. It can also scrape and finish with a rust-proof treatment. Take the time to inspect the umbrella cord, even if it appears unimportant. It’s time to retire an item if it shows signs of wear and tear. It’s time to replace the item if it shows signs of wear and tear. A frayed rope may soon give way when you ask to bring down your umbrella again!

It’s good to invest in an umbrella cover to keep the canopy safe from the weather. It’s a cheap investment that will help you extend the canopy’s life and keep it looking good.

Some possible questions

How to replace a broken or frayed cord?

I’m afraid this is a lengthy procedure. You’ll need a lot of perseverance, along with nose pliers, a screwdriver set, and the right length and thickness of nylon rope. The steps:

  1. Remove the fabric from the ribs after taking down the umbrella.
  2. Using the screwdriver, remove the crank handle housing.
  3. Now locate the cotter pin, straighten it and remove it using nose pliers.
  4. Unscrew the hub that contains all of the ribs.
  5. Now go to the broken cord and take it out.
  6. Please insert the new rope and go all the way up to the top of the umbrella with it, then return down through the umbrella shaft.
  7. You inserted the line through the eyelet in the crank handle. Make a knot to keep it from slipping.
  8. Reassemble the crank handle. Now you are ready to fix the umbrella to make the umbrella stand out.

Please view this video entitled “How to replace an umbrella string” immediately before attempting this difficult procedure.

How to repair a broken or bent pole?

You must think of how two joints can be fused at either end of the broken pole. If it has been bent and is not made of a material that can stretch out again, you must cut away the sloping aspect (for example, the end of a hollow metal pipe pole) and re-install it in the same manner. A few trips to the local ski shop will supply you with all of the necessary candles to fuse and burn the joints together.

A short video shows this simple process. If your set is fiberglass, you may straighten it out with a firm hand if it needs to be bent. Other metals will not allow you to reshape.

What did I do about a broken umbrella rib?

The canopy is fine; it’s just that the umbrella is flapping due to a fracture in one of the ribs. You would not have to worry about buying a new umbrella set. If the crank mechanism is in good working order and all else is fair with the metal and canopy, there’s no need to replace everything. Simply go through the steps to restore the rib, and your set will be as good as new once more.

Crank up the umbrella set and take it to your DIY table. If you do not have a piece of copper tubing approximately six inches long, please purchase it in a diameter that matches the rib strut. Why pick copper tubing when you could use any other material in your garage instead? The reason is that copper is malleable and can be hammered to size for your particular need.

Flatten the tubing to match the rib’s profile with a hammer. Now, make a hole in the center of this six-inch tubing. Cut three inches from each end on the two broken rib sections. Once you’ve turned the molded tube on, each end will slide over the ribs three inches (separated). A bit of bending would probably be required to bring the copper tubing three inches on one rib, then push it the same distance on the other.

Now that your rib is completely reassembled attach the pivoting section of the strut assembly to the repaired rod with a nut and bolt through the center hole (we made one for this in the first step hole was drilled). Last but not least, install a rivet at each end of the jointed pieces to keep them from sliding out of the tubing. Hammer in a hole at each extremity and insert a rivet. There is no way this joint will give way now.

You are now ready to crank up your injured umbrella and make it look taut and proud, not flapping.


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