Tips on buying domestic Shade Sails

Shade sails are such an amazing and practical element of architecture. They have a varying range of applications and not only practicality, they’re also stylish whilst requiring minimal maintenance.
Shade sails are typically used to add flexible shade or weather protection to an area and where a permanent structure isn’t a viable solution. If you’re considering addingshade sails to your home there are quite a few factors to take into consideration. If you’re about to buy a shade sail, you should know that their quality, fabrication methodology and attributes are.
Here are few essential tips to consider when purchasing shade sails:

Waterproof or water resistant:Ensure that the shade sail you are buying is waterproof or water resistant. Waterproof means it protects 100% from the penetration of rain. Water resistant may repel water to a certain extent, but they aren’t designed to protect from continuous downpours – in other words Water Resistant is good for light showers whilst Waterproof means it can act like a solid roof against rain. Shade Sail Blinds work with both superior Waterproof and Water Resistant shade sail fabrics.

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UV Protection: There are shade sail fabric without protection from UV rays. If children are playing under a shade sail, or even an adult on sunny days, you’ll want to ensure the fabric you choose has the highest level of protection from UV rays. Shade Sail Blinds  works with superior quality fabric that are proven to protect from harmful rays.

Ventilation for extra cooling:   Most shade sails are made from mesh type materials which allows airflow whilst reducing wind loadings. By using different shapes and angles, an experienced designer will be able to design a sail structure that gives you maximum protection from the sun whilst allowing cooling breezes to flow through. This means your entertaining or relaxing area will stay cool even when the BBQ is firing.


The quality of manufacturing:  Manufacturing and component / fixings quality is actually very easy to disguise. To the untrained eye a shade sail and its fixings can look almost identical to one which has been produced with low grade production, components or design. To be honest the vast majority of problems encountered with shade sails are down to them being produced by people who do not understand the characteristics and complications of production. Knowledge of tensile architecture is crucial to aiding the correct construction of a shade sail.

The quality of installation: Finally, the quality of shade sail installation is vital. A poorly secured or non-tensioned shade sail will flap annoyingly in the wind, tear or even break away from its fixing points. Beware of opting for a cheap fabric or negating to tension your sail in order to try and save money – your shade sail may be more likely to tear or stretch.  This will reduce the sails tension causing damage to both the sail and it’s fixing, but most importantly – the property surrounding it.

If you’re looking for quality shade sails or you’d like further information, please contact us