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Winter Pool Cover Accessories – A Closer Look

Winter Pool Accessories

Closing down your swimming pool for the season is a process that requires several steps and more than a couple of tools. Among the most important things you’ll need to use is a quality winter pool cover. When it comes to keeping out debris, light, and more, a winter pool cover is one part of the shutdown process you simply can’t ignore. But while it’s fairly easy to track down the right pool cover, it’s important to take a look at all the different accessories that accompany your pool cover. Take a few minutes to find the right pool cover accessories and you could have a much easier time where your seasonal shutdown, maintenance, and spring startups are concerned.

To begin with, take a look at the different cover accessories that actually help your cover get in place and stay in place. For above ground pool covers, these include things like cover locks and cover clips. These essentially clamp your pool cover to the pool itself and are much better options than older drawstring methods of sealing up a pool cover. A winter cover seal is another option worth taking a look at and can be installed by one person. It basically wraps around the seal and prevents wind from slipping underneath the cover and damaging it. And replacement cable cover wench systems are also available to make it easy to pull your cover tight and keep it that way.

Bags, tubes, and pillows are important as well. An air pillow placed underneath your pool cover will help make it easy to drain standing water and to prevent it from collecting in the first place, and can also help to reduce the damage that freezing temperatures can do on your swimming pool walls. As the water freezes, it expands. In pools this can cause damage to the walls since they’ll have huge pressure against them. But a pillow actually reduces that pressure by absorbing the force of the expansion. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to prevent pool damage. Water tubes are used to help weight down your in ground swimming pool cover and are designed to be easily filled by a garden hose. They’re available in different sizes, making it easy to find the one that you need for your pool.

One hurdle that pool owners constantly have to clear is standing water. When it rains or snows, the water can collect on your winter pool cover and cause it to sag tremendously. In some cases a mesh cover will eliminate the problem, but for the rest of us there are other options. One is a siphon drain. This item is basically a tube connected to a plastic collector. The collector is placed in the standing water and the siphon motion is started. Once it’s started the water will drain gradually out of the pool cover and onto the ground.

The other option is an actual pump. These are set up to pump the water that is pooling in a swimming pool cover and eliminate sag, damage, and more. They’re more expensive than a simple siphon device, but much easier to set up and use and will really be an investment that can protect a winter swimming pool cover and extend its longevity.

All of these accessories are worth understanding when you’re a pool owner. Most people know fully what a winter pool cover can do for their pool, but don’t realize what accessories can do for the cover itself. Take a minute to double check what you have and what you need, and you could find yourself very surprised about what you’ve found.

Solar Blanket Basics – A Quick Overview

Solar Pool Cover / Solar Blanket

Your swimming pool is one of those things that get plenty of use throughout the year, and it’s also something that benefits from a little maintenance and from the use of additional tools and accessories designed for it. Things like swimming pool covers are chief among the fall maintenance tools, but when you plan on opening up your pool next year you’ll want to plan ahead. A solar pool cover, sometimes called a solar blanket, is an investment worth making no matter what time of year it may be. These devices are perfect for keeping your pool at that just-right temperature and for increasing the warm-up time needed for comfortable swimming next spring.

Before getting into the specifics of a solar blanket it’s worth answering the question that’s probably on your mind – why should you worry about a solar pool cover if it’s fall? The basic answer is preparation. There’s a chance you’re already ordering a swimming pool cover, and adding a solar blanket to an order is an easy step that won’t add much cost. In fact, during the shut-down season you may be able to find a solar blanket at a reduced price. Having one on hand and ready to go for next swimming season means you won’t have to worry about it when the time comes that you actually need it.

So just what do solar pool covers do? They essentially trap the sunlight and help disperse the sun’s heat throughout your pool. They’re made up of thousands of tiny bubbles and actually resemble bubble wrap like you would ship breakables in. Those bubbles are the key to their method of action and they actually transfer the heat and help insulate the water. There are a few different reasons that this warming action is important, and a couple of times that you’ll be thankful it’s there.

When you first open up your pool for the spring, a solar blanket makes a huge difference. The cold of the winter months is in that water and keeps it pretty frigid. In fact, water temps in the forties to fifties aren’t uncommon during the first few weeks of spring. It takes a lot of time for heat to transfer, and your pool will take a long time to shake off the cold. For families who want to use their pool that means that you’ll either have to suffer with incredibly cold water temperatures that make it uncomfortable to swim, or you’ll need to warm up the water somehow. A solar pool cover does just that, and drastically reduces the amount of time it takes your pool to warm up to a comfortable temperature.

The other key use of a solar pool cover is simply to hold in that heat. Especially during spring, the nights can get quite cool. Your pool could lose a bit of its warmth over a single night, and it’s important to prevent this by using a solar pool cover. The cover will hold in the heat like an insulating blanket – which it basically is. The day’s warmth stays inside the water instead of vanishing into the night air. Basically, a solar blanket helps to get your swimming pool to the right temperature and helps keep it there. Whether you just filled the pool or are uncovering it for the spring, it’s good to have.

There’s one more way that a solar cover can help, and that is actually during the fall. If you want to keep your pool open as long as you can, adding a solar cover during the fall is a great way to do so. Since solar blankets can boost a swimming pool water temperature by ten to fifteen degrees, you’ll be able to swim for several extra weeks instead of closing down the pool early. With today’s weather of hot fall days but chilly fall nights, keeping a pool open for an extra amount of time lets you and your family get all the use out of your pool that you can.

It’s important to understand what a solar pool cover can’t do, as well. These covers aren’t designed to serve as a fall cover and won’t protect against debris like leaves and branches. They won’t serve as a safety cover either, and swimming with one installed can cause serious accidents so it’s important that they be totally removed before swimming. They also don’t block the sun’s rays, so they won’t reduce algae growth during long periods of non-use. In short, when you’re ready to close down the pool it will be time to use a standard swimming pool cover or safety pool cover instead of a solar blanket.

Solar pool covers work on above ground or in ground pools and you’ll be able to find them in nearly any size and shape. Numerous ‘stock’ sizes are readily available and priced lower than most people probably realize, but those who have odd shaped pools will still be able to purchase one that is custom cut for their pool’s exact dimensions. During the fall and winter, you can store your solar cover just by folding it neatly or by rolling it up onto a solar pool cover reel. These reels make installing and removing a solar cover a snap and eliminate the need for help. You can usually use the covers by yourself as long as you have a reel on hand to provide assistance.

If you’re looking for a way to extend the swimming season and speed up next year’s pool opening schedule, a solar swimming pool cover is just what you need. They’re affordable and effective, and one item most pool owners don’t want to be without.

Pool Covers and Uninvited Guests – Furry or Human

Solid Safety Pool Cover

When it comes to pool maintenance, few things make as big a difference as a swimming pool cover. Sure, chemicals and filters are the most obvious things that people think of when they begin to consider pool care, but those who actually own a pool can attest to the fact that adding a pool cover helps eliminate leaves and debris, makes it easier to set up a pool when the spring comes, and slows algae growth. It can simplify your entire maintenance process and also reduce chemical costs. But there’s another area that adding a swimming pool cover really helps, and that’s with uninvited guests, whether they’re two or four legged, furry or human, or something else entirely.

A swimming pool is almost like an unavoidable magnet for your family. It pulls your family towards it when the warm months arrive, giving them plenty of fun and enjoyment. But there are others that may be attracted to the pool’s siren song as well, for different reasons. And while there’s not much that you can do about them during the months that your family is really using the pool, using a pool cover once you shut down the pool for the year can help stop them from becoming a problem.

We’ll start with the biggest ‘guests’ – humans. There are plenty of pool owners out there who can tell stories about hearing a noise in the backyard and waking up to find a few teenagers taking a dip in the pool, whether on a dare or just because they had nothing better to do. It sounds like something out of a movie, but it can and does happen. Putting a safety pool cover over the pool stops your local troublemakers from turning your pool into their own little swimming hole.

Those are the rarer of the guests your pool can attract. Much more common are animals like squirrels, mice, and even cats and dogs. Whether it’s your pets, someone else’s, or the local wildlife, animals are attracted to pools for one simple reason. They need water to drink, and a pool can provide it. Not only can this create issues in terms of sanitation, but it could present a safety risk for your own pets or children if they’re attacked by the animals. Additionally, an animal that falls into a pool could be doomed to die there. Nothing’s worse than trying to remove a dead critter from your swimming pool. A swimming pool safety cover makes sure that no animals try to sneak a drink, fall into your pool, or visit it for any other reason.

Moving down the size scale, an even more common issue lies with scaled guests. Frogs, lizards, and even snakes all love a place to take a nice dip, and your pool is perfect for that. Not only is it great just as it is, but if it begins to accumulate leaves and fall algae growth, it could turn into a flat-out reptile pond that would put the Everglades to shame. A cover blocks the leaves and algae that attract these animals, and helps guard against them.

If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s worth mentioning that the smaller the group of animals gets the more common their visits become. Continuing that trend, insects are next on the list. Most summertime chemical treatments keep insects from becoming a problem in pools, but when the pools are neglected as they often can be over fall, winter, and early spring there is a risk of a serious problem arising. Pool owners often overlook their regular maintenance and mosquitoes or other bugs can quickly call a pool home. And while it’s true that winter’s cold days will eliminate this issue, it only takes a few days of warm weather for it to become a problem.

Finally, we’re down to the smallest of the small. Bacteria and other microscopic creatures are always present in a swimming pool, but when the fall comes and people stop treating their pools with the same diligence they would during the warm months they can become a problem. Add all of the above visitors – bugs, animals and even leaves and algae, and your pool starts to turn into a lab Petri dish. Add the right level of chemicals and put a swimming pool cover on the pool and you’ll find that you’ve got much better luck keeping all of the unwanted guests out of your pool, whether they’re your neighbors, that pesky squirrel, or something worse.

Use A Jet Ski Cover After Winterizing

Jet Ski Covers

Jet skis can provide some of the most exciting fun you can have on the water. Whether you take your personal watercraft to the ocean or to a lake, there’s no question that they deliver a lot of fun in a smaller, more affordable package than a boat. But the fact is that just like boats, they’re a serious investment and one that you need to take care of. As the days get cooler and the summer turns into the fall, the time to properly winterize and store your watercraft is drawing near. There are plenty of things you need to do and plenty of reasons to do them, from a deep clean to the application of a good jet ski cover.

To start with, you really need to give your jet ski a good cleaning. This is especially true if you use your watercraft in the ocean since the saltwater can build up on the body and cause major damage, but all watercrafts need to be cleaned before putting a jet ski cover on them. If you don’t, mold and mildew could potentially develop on the surfaces of your jet ski. Be sure that you only use a cleanser that is actually approved for use in cleaning personal watercraft or boats. Plenty of people have done major damage to their jet ski’s paint or body by using cleansers not intended for them.

If there are specific shut down procedures you need to follow for your jet ski’s engine, follow them perfectly. Most people opt to let a mechanic handle the winterization of their jet ski, but you can easily buy a winterization kit that contains a few basic chemicals and shut it down yourself. This is usually the most complicated step, but it’s also one of the most important since going through a harsh winter can seriously damage a jet ski engine if it’s not taken care of properly.

Once you complete these steps you’ll be ready to put a jet ski cover over your watercraft. Some people park theirs in a garage or carport, but even there dust and other problems can occur. Putting a quality cover on the jet ski is always a good idea. And if you don’t have a sheltered area to store your jet ski, you absolutely need a cover. It’s not just for rain, like some people think. Jet skis are designed to get wet, so the rain isn’t really the major enemy. The sun, however, can cause serious body damage to your watercraft and adding a personal watercraft cover can help diminish the effects it will have on your jet ski.

Those effects include things like fading, cracking, and even peeling paint. The sun’s UV rays can damage the seats of your jet ski as well as the body. Falling debris or debris from high winds can collide with your watercraft as well. And of course, there’s always the chance of bird droppings landing right on your jet ski. Some unfortunate owners have found their jet skis caked in bird dropping after only a few weeks of storage. But a jet ski cover will safeguard against all of these effects and more. They’re vital for the protection of your investment, and will keep it in great shape until the weather warms up and you can head back out on the water.

 

 

Winterize your Boat, Then Protect with a Boat Cover

Stellex Boat Covers

Nothing beats a day on the lake, skipping over the water and letting the family take turns water skiing or just trolling to and from your favorite fishing holes. One day on the water helps remind you just why you invested your hard earned cash in a boat. But no matter what you actually use your boat for, or what kind of boat you have, you’ll want to take steps to protect your investment. It doesn’t matter if you have a fishing boat or a pontoon, a john boat or a canoe, taking a little time to store your boat properly when the winter comes is important.

It’s also a bit easier than most people realize. Winterizing a boat and getting it ready to be stored doesn’t have to be a huge time investment. It will take a few hours to do it properly, but when you consider just how much you’ve spent on your watercraft it makes a lot more sense to protect it against the elements. And following a basic shutdown or winterization procedure, along with the use of a quality boat cover, will safeguard your boat against all of the elements, whether it’s sun, rain, snow, or just a hard freeze in the air.

To start with, make sure that you take the time to actually clean the boat. The exterior should be first. If you have taken the boat out on saltwater this is even more important since the salt can do major damage to your hull and finish. Be sure that you use proper brushes and the right cleaning solutions. Plenty of people have made the mistake of using dish soap only to find out that they actually damage the boat’s finish even more than the sun does. It can take time, but go over every inch of your boat’s exterior and clean it completely before you put a boat cover on so you don’t have to worry about it when spring rolls around and you get the boat ready to go.

The interior is important as well. Spilled drinks, dirt, and other substances can build up in the interior of your boat and if ignored can cause major damage. Vacuum the interior thoroughly and then give extra attention to any troublesome spots. Leaves and debris should always be removed as well. Whether it’s interior or exterior, be sure to pay special attention to any wood dream, decking, or ladders. Wood should be cleaned to remove any substances that may cause rot or decay over the winter months, and this cleaning process also protects against any mold or mildew that may occur beneath a boat cover on an improperly cleaned boat.

Engine care is important as well. Degrease the engine and think about any extra additives that should be used in the engine. In most cases this is better left to the pros, so be sure that you think about letting a boat mechanic take care of your engine. Ignoring engine care during winterization could cost you big when spring comes, and it’s vital that you don’t overlook it. Also, be sure that if the boat cover you’re planning on using doesn’t cover your engine that you buy a separate engine cover to shield your expensive motor from the harsh winter weather.

Finally, you’re ready to cover your boat. Find a boat cover that matches your type of boat and your boat’s size perfectly. Also be sure to go with a heavier duty cover instead of a cheap, thin version. This is an investment to protect your major investment, so be sure that you don’t cut corners. Find a quality cover and use it properly. If you’ll keep these steps in mind during winterization, that first trip back onto the water will be hassle free.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Safety Pool Covers

Custom Safety Pool Cover

Cool weather’s coming, with the leaves starting to change their colors and the nights growing longer. That means it’s time to start shutting down your swimming pool for the season. And while there are plenty of steps you should take during this process, installing a pool safety cover is one that could be a lifesaver – literally. Safety pool covers are designed differently from standard covers and they accomplish much more. They’ll still help keep debris out of your pool and reduce chemical expenses, but these covers also help protect your family from accidental drowning. If you’re wondering if a safety pool cover  is right for you, taking a closer look at what it offers is a step well worth taking.

Basically, safety pool cover are made from a much tougher material than traditional types of pool covers. It’s worth mentioning now that if you have an above ground pool, the only way you’ll be able to install a safety pool cover over it is if the pool is completely surrounded by a deck. That’s because these pool covers attach to anchors installed within the deck. The straps that hold the cover run to springs which then attach to these anchors, giving it the strength that is needed to protect those who fall into it from drowning. Anchors can be mounted into almost any material, from wood to concrete and beyond. And before you ask, the anchors are mounted flush with the surface of the deck to prevent those painful stubbed toes or dangerous trips.

Our safety pool covers come in a variety of different colors, so no matter what your style is you’ll be able to find it. You can match your cover to your home, your pool furniture, or whatever else you need to match it up with. Be sure to take a good look at scrim numbers when you’re shopping for safety pool covers, since these tell you how dense the weave is. That helps indicate just how dense and strong the material used in the safety pool cover is. Quality covers will be rated to around 485 pounds per five square feet and in some cases to even more.

The other point to consider with pool safety pool covers is whether or not you want a mesh or solid one. Solid ones are just what they sound like, and block out every bit of debris, dirt, and sunlight from the pool. Mesh ones are designed with small perforations to allow drainage. They’ll let in more light and possibly some debris, but in areas with heavy snow or rainfall they ensure that the weight of the water on them doesn’t ruin the cover. You’ll want to think about your climate and the weather you get over a winter to figure out which option is right for you.

Installing safety pool covers is easier than most people realize. It’s basically the same as a standard pool cover, only with the extra step of using the lanyards and anchors instead of just weighting down the edges. If you have kids, pets, or are just concerned about the overall safety of your pool when you close it down for the season, upgrading to a safety pool cover is probably a good idea.

Playset Maintenance 101 – An Overview

Playset Canopy Tarp

If you’ve got kids there’s a good chance you have a play set in the backyard. Whether it’s a huge, elaborate one or just a basic swing and slide one, it’s probably one of your kid’s favorite things. And it’s likely one of yours, as well – few things are able to stimulate a child’s mind and body quite like a play set, so it’s always good to see them up and moving. But you can’t just buy a play set and then ignore it. From the play set canopy to the slide, the anchors to the monkey bars, you have to perform a little routine maintenance to keep it in top shape.

There are a few basic things that go into the maintenance of a play set, and understanding each of them is important. Some things are very obvious while others – like the play set canopy tarp – are easy to overlook. Maintaining your child’s play set will not only help extend its overall longevity, but it will also reduce the chances of your kids being injured on the play set.  Just a little bit of effort goes a long way towards improving any canopy, so be sure that you add play set work to your annual maintenance schedule. It’s just as important as lawn work, and usually a lot easier.

To begin with, you’ll just want to do a visual spot check. Examine each aspect of the play set visually before you even touch it. Is the paint or stain cracked, chipping, or fading? Is the play set canopy damaged? Do you see large splinters, missing bolts, or any other potential hazards? Make a note of anything you spot as you’re examining the play set. Now do a hands-on exam. Check each bolt to make sure they’re tight. Run your hand along the surface of the slide to make sure no slivers exist. Tug-test swings, canopies, monkey bars, and other components for durability. And be sure to make sure the ground anchors are holding to prevent a tip-over situation.

Once you’ve examined the play set you should have a good idea of just what needs to be done. Every so often you’ll probably have to sand the surface and re-stain it for protection. You may need to tighten or replace bolts, add new screws to some areas, and more. Be sure to remove any wood splinters or metal slivers as well. If anchors are loosening, it may be time to replace them. You could have to replace the sand in the sandbox if it’s become soiled. All in all, you’ll just run back through your checklist and correct any problems that may exist one by one.

It’s important that you don’t ignore any of the play set’s needs. One area that really gets neglected is the play set canopy over the clubhouse side of the play set. But just because it’s damaged doesn’t mean you should just remove it and ignore it. It’s easy and inexpensive to order a new play set canopy, and really is a good idea. Canopies help protect the wood underneath and will shield your kids from the sun during play. They also add a little bit of fun to a kid’s time on the playground since they can add a tent or roof like feel to their games.

All in all, play set maintenance isn’t usually something that takes an extremely long amount of time to perform. But it’s one of the most important things you can do since it can reduce the risk of injury and extend the lifespan of your play set. Take a couple of hours once or twice per year to give your play set a once-over. You and your children will be glad that you did.

Pergola Shade Cloth – Getting a Little Extra Shade

Pergola Shade Cloth

A pergola may be a great way to enjoy a few hours outside without too much sun, but let’s be honest – the only way they’re really effective is when the sun is in that perfect spot. When it’s hitting your patio or deck full on, the odds are that the pergola isn’t really going to do much for you in terms of blocking out the sun. That’s where pergola shade cloth can come into play. By adding a simple shade cloth fabric to your pergola you can escape from the dangerous UV rays and enjoy being outside any time of day no matter where the sun is hanging in the sky.

Essentially, shade cloth used for pergola shade is just what it sounds like. There are several different types of shade cloth available and it can be custom fit for your pergola, patio, gazebo, carport, playground, or any other area that you feel needs a little extra shade. They provide different levels of UV protection depending on the actual type of canvas material you choose to use, but all of the different options are well worth taking a closer look at due to the increasing number of studies that detail the risks associated with the sun and overexposure to it.

Pergola Shade Cloth

Commercial 95 Shade Fabric is one of the highest quality shade cloths you can choose to purchase. It provides up to ninety eight percent UV blockage, which means that you don’t have to worry about skin damage caused by the sun when you’re hanging out underneath it. It’s designed to be moisture resistant and won’t support the growth of mold or mildew. And due to its quality knitted design, it’s almost tear-proof.

Coolaroo Shade Fabric is the second option and it too is a knitted material that provides protection from the sun’s rays. Its UV protection rating is between 70 and 90 percent and is available in larger bulk sizes. It’s usually a better option if you’re not as concerned about high UV protection, if you’re on a tighter budget, or if you have very large areas that you need to cover. It’s designed not to rot or grow mold and won’t change its size in the heat of the day, something that is a problem with some other materials used in shade cloth and pergola shades.

Either of these fabrics will usually come with a ten year warranty, provided they’re used properly. And installation is very easy to do. While many people opt to let the pros handle it, the fact is that with just a few basic tools you can install your pergola shades on your own.

If you’re planning on installing your shades by yourself, remember that you should use either heavy-duty staples or screws with washers. You’ll simply align the edges of your shade cloth with the appropriate edges of the pergola and fasten it down. Washers are needed for screws since they’ll actually cover much more space on the material and eliminate the risk of tears, rips, and loosened areas. With two people, installing an average sized shade cloth will take only a few hours of work. But the enjoyment you get from one will last far longer and give you years of quality protection.

 

 

Snowmobile Covers – Staying Mobile

Snowmobile Covers

For some people, a snowmobile is basically a way to have fun and enjoy some time out in a winter wonderland. For those living in colder climates that are a bit more isolated, it could be a primary means of transportation. No matter what it’s used for, a snowmobile is a machine, and all machines need to be taken care of in order to work their best. This is true during use and during periods of time when it’s not being used, and there’s no doubt that something as simple as a snowmobile cover could have a huge impact on the overall longevity of your snowmobile.

There are obviously a few steps that need to be taken along with the use of a snowmobile cover, but anyone can agree that it’s a vital part of the process. For starters, anytime you’re not using your snowmobile you should take a minute and make sure its engine and moving parts are all clean from gunk, mud, and debris. Ignoring them can cause a serious issue when you crank up the snowmobile. You’ll need to do this before you put a cover on the snowmobile, but once you do cover it you’ll be protecting it from developing any further buildup that the elements can bring.

So just what does a snowmobile cover safeguard against? Pretty much anything that you can think of, it protects against. Things like falling debris, animal damage, and even insects during the warmer months are all possibilities. And the sun is one of the biggest enemies of any vehicle, fading and cracking finish, deteriorating paint, and more. Basically, you have to cover your snowmobile to keep it safe from mother nature. It’s a simple step and one that you won’t regret taking.

It’s important that you select a snowmobile cover that actually fits your snowmobile. There are covers that are sized perfectly for nearly any size snowmobile, so be sure that you match up your overall length to that of the cover and purchase it accordingly. Be sure that you find a breathable, durable cover instead of just buying a poor quality one to save a few bucks. And don’t make the mistake that hundreds of others have by buying a cheap tarp and hoping it will do the job. It won’t, and you’ll end up wishing you’d gone ahead and bought a quality tarp. Those cheaper options may not fit properly and could allow rodent or insect intrusion, could blow off in even a mild wind, and will often rip and tear at the drop of a hat.

They’ll also reduce breath-ability. While that may not sound like a big deal, the fact is that while you need a waterproof cover to keep your snowmobile totally protected, it needs to be a little bit breathable in order to prevent the growth of mildew and mold. When you use a non-breathable tarp, you’re trapping all the moisture beneath it and creating an environment that breeds mold, mildew, and rot. Instead, purchasing a quality snowmobile cover will protect against all of these issues and more.

 

Shade Sails – Buying Your Patio Covers

Shade sails

There’s no doubt that enjoying some fun in the sun is part of what summer is all about, but there’s a lot to be said about blocking off the sun’s rays. With plenty of reports out there discussing the dangers of UV rays and the simple fact that it can be uncomfortable for your skin and eyes to sit in the sun, adding a little measure of shade to your patio, deck, or even your pool area is a good idea. And it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, adding these covers is always a good idea. One of the most unique types of patio covers available today are shade sails, and adding these quality covers to your outdoor areas will have a big impact in how your family enjoys your space.

Basically, shade sails are a type of patio cover that look interesting and are a great combination of form and function. These patio covers are designed with a centenary curve that rolls the fabric near the center and gives it unique look. But the design also ensures that the fabric used in it won’t wrinkle, flap in the wind, or sag. They’re also designed to help shed rain and snow up to a point. Of course, they’re so easy to remove and to install that there’s really no reason not to go ahead and remove them when the seasons change and you’re no longer using your outdoor area.

Homeowners add shade sails to their barbecue area, outdoor kitchens, pools, patios, and even to their backyard. Whether you’re having an event or just enjoying the day, they’re a perfect addition to a home. But just the overall look and design of the shade sails aren’t all you need to think about. You also have to consider the actual fabric used in the construction of your shade sails. Here are a few things to look at.

Size is the first thing most people will think about, and that’s an obvious one. Basically, you can get shade sails in a number of standard sizes designed to let them serve as patio covers perfectly. But you can also have shade sails custom made for nearly any size. This makes sure that no matter what you’re using them for or how large your area is, you’ll be able to find the right one for you.

Next, take a look at what shade sails will reflect. The key here is the sunlight reflection, and each of these patio covers will deliver a different type of UV blockage. All good shade sails will have a ninety percent UV block, but some could go up to ninety eight percent. Also, some will be unaffected by moisture and almost waterproof. They’ll stand up to mildew, mold, and moisture while giving you and your family the shelter that you need.

Take a look at the warranty information concerning any shade sails you’re thinking about buying. Too many people just assume that they’re coming out on top by buying discount or budget patio covers. But quality shade sails will have warranties of at least ten years, letting you know that you’re not wasting your money. Essentially, if you’re looking for a way to help shield your family from the sun but still enjoy the outdoors, these are patio covers you can’t afford to pass by.

Read more about Why You Should Protect Yourself from UV Rays of the Sun Using Sun Sails