The Advantages of Shade Sails Add Up to an Ideal Shading Solution


Highlander Shade Sails

All that’s needed to create a shady spot in an outdoor living area is one of the many available shading options. A few of these options include patio umbrellas, awnings, shade canopies, and shade sails. Patio umbrellas are a popular choice for shading the small area occupied by a dining table or cozy seating area. Awnings are another shade option that allow homeowners to shade most or all of a patio or deck. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not prefer the look of awnings, which can appear old fashioned and clash with more contemporary decor. Shade canopies are a third shading option for outdoor spaces, but they are intended for temporary, rather than permanent, use. All of these shading options have their place, but when it comes down to it, they leave little room for creativity, and they don’t offer the right solution for spaces with non-traditional shapes and sizes. Shade sails offer homeowners a more updated and versatile means of shading outdoor living spaces. They are readily available in standard shapes and sizes, but custom shade sails can be made to meet custom needs. Rectangles, squares, and triangles in a variety of appealing colors give homeowners the creative freedom to design the look of their outdoor spaces and create as much or as little shade as desired. A unique architectural and artistic effect can be achieved with careful planning and placement of two or more shade sails. Because of their versatility, shade sails are an appealing shade solution in an endless variety of situations. Not only can they protect patios, decks, and porches, they can also provide shade for entry ways, children’s play areas, swimming pools, outdoor restaurants and cafes, and more. Shade sails are easy to install and can be attached to homes, trees, or patio columns. They can also be a completely free standing structure supported by wood posts or steel columns embedded in concrete footings. Shade sails can be left up year round or used seasonally; they are easy to take down and store. While looks are an important factor in choosing a shading option for outdoor areas, performance is just as important, if not more. The best quality shade sails are constructed from superior outdoor fabrics that can block up to 95 percent of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Shade sail fabric is most often water resistant rather than waterproof. This allows the sail to breathe more effectively, which keeps the shaded area much cooler. Shade sails should be expected to withstand extreme temperatures and resist fading and mildew. Because of the number of advantages offered by shade sails — versatility, attractive appearance, and effectiveness — homeowners are often surprised to learn that they are less expensive than many other types of shading options. But, low cost is an additional advantage that makes shade sails an increasingly appealing shade solution for homeowners and business owners. When combined, the advantages that shade sails offer set them far apart from the other shading options available. Patio umbrellas, awnings, shade canopies, and most other shading options simply can’t provide the same affordable performance and stylish appearance.

12 thoughts on “The Advantages of Shade Sails Add Up to an Ideal Shading Solution

  1. kathleen harper says:

    We are interested in the sails and have a few questions: 1/what is the wind speed rating (we live in central florida) 2/what is the realistic life expectancy of the sail (given florida conditions) 3/what sail fabric would you recommend? 4/is there special installation requirements (the installer would be a general contractor). Thank You.

  2. Larry Lewis says:

    They can easily withstand wind gusts up to 40 or 50 mph, however if possible extreme weather is approaching, it would be best to take them down. It’s hard to predict life expectancy with all of the weather possibilities, but the Sunbrella Solid fabric and the Commercial 95 Mesh fabric have 10 year limited warranties against color fade and degradation. The most important installation requirement is that the solid Sunbrella shade sails must be installed with at least an 18 to 20 degree slope with proper tension on the shade sail, so that rain water can run off. We have a page on our site that offers tips and pointers of installing shade sails.

  3. Tim says:

    Shade sails can make such a wonderful contemporary design addition to the backyard. There are so many different styles. shapes and sizes I think more and more people are becoming interested in the look and the shade they give.

  4. Terry Miller Millers gen cont inc. says:

    I was asked to look into your product for a preschool they found you on the internet and asked me to look into it i am a general contractor in iowa that works with several non profit organizations your shades would work great for them area to be covered would be 24×24 would like more information on anchorage and am concerned for snow loads if not taken down as recommended.

  5. Larry Lewis says:

    Hello Terry, Thank you for contacting us. We have attached a link to our website that you should find very helpful. Please note that it is not recommended to leave shade sails up during the winter months as snow load does cause stress on the sail and possibly the mounting surface. Please feel free to call us with any other questions you may have, 888-246-6909.

  6. Lynda R. Stakel says:

    Do you have a representative in the Akron, OH area that could look at our residential application and make recommendations as to a design, materials and then quote the installation?

  7. Deirdre Rawlings says:

    Thanks for sharing the great information. I read this blog and must say the information that you shared in this blog is really very useful. Please post more blog related to ” The Best Playground Shade Solution”.
    Thank You.

  8. Fred Gibbons says:

    It’s cool that this article mentions that shade sails are a great way to protect your patio from the weather. I live in an area where it gets very hot, so I’m thinking about buying some shade sails to make my patio a more attractive place to relax. I’m going to search for a reputable business in my area that can sell me some shade sails.

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