Everyone loves a day at the beach, but everyone does not like chasing their umbrella across the sand. Warm ocean breezes are something to be enjoyed while they last, but in order to enjoy them fully, you need an umbrella stand that will allow you to stay anchored even when the winds blow. This guide will help you to choose the best heavy duty umbrella stand for those warm summer days in the sun.
When it comes to keeping your beach umbrella in place, there are several options in heavy duty umbrella stand design types. The first design uses the principle of providing a stable, heavy base in order to overcome the force of the sale like canopy on top. In light winds, and on sand that is relatively hard packed and stable, this type of base can be adequate. However, in order to be of any use, these types of stands must accomplish their task by weight, which of course makes them heavy to transport to and from the beach. You will have to lug this heavy stand in addition to the umbrella, and all of your other equipment to the beach. Another problem with this method is that the wider diameter of the umbrella top, the heavier stand you will need.
When the sand is not hard packed, or if you are in a beach that has a slight breeze, stands that work by weight will probably not be adequate. In this case, the best option is a sand anchor. These are more lightweight, but you will have to use it like an auger to drill it deep into the sand in order to make it hold. Corkscrew anchors can still pullout of the sand, creating an additional hazard as the umbrella goes flying across the beach with a sharp end on it. When choosing a corkscrew type sand anchor, be sure to choose one with many turns and wide turnings so that it has more area to grab.
Several other innovative designs are on the market now for a heavy duty umbrella stand, including a base type stand that uses sand instead of a rigid material to hold the umbrella upright. As far as stability goes, these types work very well, but they are still heavy to carry on and off the beach. There are also sand anchors available that are weighted. This not only helps to prevent the umbrella from flying away in the first place, if the anchor does happen to pull out of the sand, the extra weight will help to prevent it from flying away.
These are the most common options if you need to purchase a heavy duty umbrella stand for a day at the beach. A good stand is worth the cost. Its benefits will be seen when you can simply enjoy your day at the beach without having to worry about the umbrella. Designs are continually improving on the weighted stands in the anchor types. There are now many more options out there than in the past.