A parasol is an essential piece of furniture for many houses' balconies or terraces. The parasol and its cover protect from UV rays on hot summer days and create a shaded area on a terrace or outdoor table, for dining, relaxing, or enjoying the view over your garden during the day. 

However, as with any open air furniture, the structure of the cantilever or tilting parasol must be maintained and its canopy regularly checked. Whether it is the wooden pole, the base or the crank.

The canopy is particularly exposed to the weather and can become damaged over the years. It must be changed regularly, especially if you use it often, to prevent damage and to ensure that it is well protected. 

It is therefore important to know how to replace cantilever parasol canopies to keep the quality of your cover in good condition over time and to be able to protect your garden effectively. It is therefore important to always have the following items: a spare canopy and awnings.

How to choose and replace your parasol canopy? 

When should I renew my parasol canopy?

If the canopy and stand are often exposed to the weather, they can be damaged over time, even if the quality of the canopy is water-resistant. It is recommended to replace your canvas every two to three years, depending on its use and exposure to the weather. 

If you use your parasol frequently and live in an area with a lot of sun and rain, you may need to change the canopy more often.

It is advisable to wash your canopy before it is too damaged, to ensure effective protection from the sun's rays and optimal shading of your terrace or balcony

How to choose the spare canopy for your parasol?

Choosing the spare canopy for your parasol is an important step in keeping it in good condition. At Belveo, we advise you to pay attention to the characteristics of the products, namely: cantilever parasol or parasol umbrella. You should check the condition of the canopy and replace it if necessary. 

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a replacement cloth : 

The quality and material of the canvas: opt for a high-density polyester canopy, which is resistant to tears and scratches so that you get as much shade as possible in your garden. You can also opt for an acrylic canopy, which is resistant to stains and mildew caused by water.

Be sure that both the fabric you buy and the replacement fabric are available with compatible characteristics and will meet your needs in terms of durability and weather resistance. This applies mostly if you buy the items online. 

The colour and pattern of the canopy: choose a fabric that matches your outdoor design. If you have a colourful garden, or if your decoration is rather sober and elegant, opt for a canvas that suits you, wether it is in a neutral colour, such as taupe, beige or pastel or a more colourful one.

Make sure the canopy you buy is big enough to cover your sunshade completely. Take the measurements of your umbrella and check that the fabric you buy fits the measurements, is compatible with the canvas and is available with free delivery within a few working days. 

A canvas that is too small will not fully cover your sunshade and will not effectively protect your outdoor space. The year of origin of the models is an element to be considered.

The price of the canvas: compare the different canopies available and choose one that meets your criteria. Remember that the canvas is an important part of your outdoor design, and it is therefore advisable not to save too much on this purchase.

Renovating the canopy of your parasol

Changing the canopy of a cantilever parasol

Changing the canopy of a cantilever parasol and protecting it with a compatible cover is an easy operation that will keep the parasol in good condition for many years to come and effectively protect your outdoor space.

Firstly, remove the canopy from the frame. Locate the fasteners that hold the cover in place and carefully undo them.

Take the new canopy and place it on the parasol, making sure that it is tight. The crank must be positioned correctly. Use the plastic or metal fasteners and the zip to secure the canopy in place, making sure it is held securely. 

If you wish, you can use a stapler to secure the fabric. Once the canopy is secured on the frame, simply fold it up and put it back in place. Your new canopy should now effectively protect your patio or garden from high UV rays.

Changing the canvas of a parasol umbrella

Changing the cover of a parasol umbrella is a simple operation that will effectively protect your outdoor space. It is recommended to replace the cover every two to three years, depending on its use and exposure to the weather, and to use a compatible cover.

It is also important to check the condition of the fabric regularly and replace it if it is damaged, torn or worn.

First, remove the existing canopies by undoing the fasteners or using the scissors to cut them off. Place the fabric on the parasol and secure it with plastic or metal fasteners. If you wish, you can also use a stapler to secure the cover.

In conclusion, replacing the canvas of cantilever parasols is a simple operation that allows you to keep it and your cover in good condition and able to effectively protect your outdoor space such as your garden, terrace or patio.

It is recommended to replace the canvas of your parasol umbrella or cantilever parasol every two to three years, depending on its use and exposure to the weather. 

When choosing a replacement fabric for your parasol, consider the quality and durability of the fabric, the colour and pattern, the size and price, as well as the origin of manufacture and free delivery of the product.

Make sure you choose a canopy that will meet your needs in terms of durability and weather resistance. By following these tips, you will be able to enjoy your outdoor space such as your patio or terrace, throughout the summer season.
June 05, 2023 — Briana Ntolla