Some consumers like to add additional weight to our bases, by placing decorative stones, vases or pottery on top of the base. We do not recommend this. Like a bride there is some “give” to allow for unexpected winds that could blow the umbrella over. By placing to much weight on the base you run the risk of breaking a part of the umbrella. We try to mitigate damages with the use of Spring-Loaded End pieces on the ribs and a breakaway pin system in the hubs.