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Everything you need to know about finding a Shade Sail Installer

Photo courtesy of Shade & Sail InnovationsIf you require a shade structure in your backyard but don’t want to erect a pergola, why not consider a shade sail or other shade structure?  They are modern, come in a variety of colours, and provide protection against the harsh sun and other elements.  Shadecloth materials provide UV protection of up to 96 percent, can “breathe” letting hot air out, and comes with a substantial warranty.  PVC is waterproof and has UV protection of up to 100 percent.  Canvas also provides significant protection against the sun and can be treated to become waterproof.

Types of Shade Sails


Before installing any shade sail, consider what your needs are, where the sun is and what you can use to fix the sail to.  All of these factors will impact on where your sail can go.  A professional such as a garden designer or landscape architect can help you with this.

Shade sails can be triangular, rectangular or square in shape with posts set at at least two different heights to prevent water from being trapped in the sail.  A professional will be able to advise you on the heights that your shade sail will need.  Generally speaking, square and rectangular sails will need two higher points while a triangular sail should only need one.

To secure a shade sail, timber or steel posts, a secure fascia and a strong tree are all options.  Steel posts may be your only option if you are installing a large sail on your property. Posts are usually installed on an angle and the purpose of this is to take some of the strain out of the fabric, which is highly tensioned due to being stretched tightly between the different posts.  Posts will be set in concrete footings or attached to sturdy baseplates to ensure safety and strength.

Shade sails can be practically any size and can be ready or custom made.  The sails themselves are commonly made from shadecloth or PVC materials and are highly UV resistant.  To ensure that the sails are as strong as possible, the corners are reinforced and edges are double sewn.

Shade Umbrellas


Photo courtesy of Vanguard BlindsShade umbrellas are a good option if you only want to shade a relatively small area of your garden or your patio.  Umbrellas can be as small as 2.1 metres in diameter and as large as 8 metres in diameter and come in a variety of shapes, from square to hexagonal and octagonal.  There is no need to worry about the umbrella being unstable, especially in wind conditions, as modern umbrellas are tensioned so that there is very little fabric movement and the pole can be placed in a heavy base or secured to footings.

The most common type of umbrella is one with a central pole but you can also get umbrellas that have a crank mechanism, allowing you to change the umbrella’s angle – great for blocking out the sun.  A cantilever umbrella hangs from a curved pole supported at one end and is useful if you want to have outdoor furniture underneath without worrying about a central pole.  You can often move cantilevered umbrellas through 360 degrees, allowing you to position it where you need it.

Commonly, umbrellas are made from shadecloth, PVC or canvas materials and the poles are made from either timber or steel.

How Much Do Shade Sails Cost?

What can you expect to pay for a shade sail? Size is one of the primary determining factors here, as is the material you choose. Another consideration is if you require a standard, ready made sail or a custom shade sail - with the latter costing more. Shade cloth will typically be more cost effective than PVC for your shade sail material. All other elements such as the support poles should be included in the final price together with the cost of installation.

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