How to Fix an Outdoor Patio Umbrella

Updated February 21, 2017

Patio umbrellas are nice looking and functional. However, their design can lead to a common problem of the arms breaking, usually because of strong winds. Despite your best intention to take the umbrella down before any storm, it seems inevitable that at least once the umbrella will be left out and need repair.. Follow these simple steps to repair a broken arm on your patio umbrella.

Place the two broken or cracked pieces of the arm together as nearly as possible to their original shape and position.

Hold these pieces in place as you wrap the break or crack with a heavy-duty tape such as Gorilla Tape or similar. Provide a good amount of tension when wrapping around the area to be repaired and continue the wrap an inch past this area on both sides.

Open a small hose clamp (usually a 1/2" to 3/4" clamp will work) all the way so that you slide it over the umbrella arm. Move the clamp directly over the break or crack area and fasten snugly.

Apply another 2-3 wraps of the repair tape over the hose clamp so it is completely covered by the tape.

Paint the wrap to match the colour of the umbrella arm.


Do not overtighten the hose clamp on the umbrella arm or you may cause further damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy duty repair tape such as Gorilla Tape
  • Hose clamp
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
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Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.