Umbrellas are designed to protect a person against rain or sunlight, they play an amazing role to keep the rain and the wind off but after a period of time, they fail to protect due to many problems.
Getting a new umbrella is easy, but few persons may have sentimental value or some other reason for repairing and using an umbrella again.
Everyone wants to use their favorite umbrella for the long period of time and it is possible to repair an umbrella without spending a lot of money.
How to repair different parts of an umbrella?
Just keep a few tools, supplies on hand and you will be able to fix a bent, torn or blown-out umbrella easily. Check out this guide to repair any part of your expensive umbrellas.
Repairing a Canopy
Most of the time umbrella canopy tears due to the powerful wind, but it is not difficult to repair the fabric. You can simply replace the fabric or sew a patch of new fabric to the hole, sometimes it doesn’t need any material just stitch the rip closed in order to avoid further damages.
Thread your needle twice with nylon thread and make small stitches so that the fabric secures firmly, after stitching you need to apply a water repellent to the entire canopy.
Try to choose the color and the material same as that of the original fabric and the material should be a water resistant material like nylon.
Repairing the Stem
Umbrella stem may break due to strong wind or some accidents, if the break is not complete then you can wrap the small piece of gauge wire over the broken section.
If the break is complete align the two piece of stem together and apply glue with strong adhesive property which works on metal. Finish by wrapping the stem with wire or strong tape to provide extra stability.
If the umbrella stem is large then insert a small dowel rod into the hollow space and follow the above steps to secure the metal.
Repairing the Spoke
Spokes are the small metal wire that extends outward from the stem and provides additional support to the canopy. When you open and close an umbrella for many times, the spoke joints become weak or sometimes it can’t bear the wind and turns inside out.
You can solve this problem easily by changing the spokes or fix it with thin gauge wires and to avoid the umbrella spoke from turning inside out, wrap it with thin wire throughout the spoke from the tip to the stem joint.
Allow some space while wrapping so that the joints still bends enough to open and close the umbrella.
When to Replace the Umbrella
Even though the steps are simple to repair the umbrella, if the entire canopy is gone or if the stem or spoke breaks in many places, then it is easier to replace an umbrella than repair it.
Hope you got bright ideas for repairing your umbrellas after reading the above article. Any ideas, thoughts, and comments on the topic are welcome.