Shade Sails or Sun Sails, Sunbrella Solid, & Commercial 95 Mesh – 36 Colors for the 2024 Season

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Mighty Covers presents an extensive range of shade solutions, including Shade Sails or Sun Shade Sails, available in a diverse array of shapes, colors, and materials. Our collection features advanced fabrics such as Sunbrella Solid and Commercial 95 Mesh, designed to effectively block the sun’s harmful UV rays. These state-of-the-art materials are not only weather-resistant but also capable of withstanding extreme conditions. Additionally, select fabrics within our assortment offer waterproof or water-resistant properties, ensuring comprehensive protection for your outdoor spaces.

Types of fabrics for Patio Sun Shade Sails 

Mighty Covers offers custom and standard-sized shade sails in a variety of fabrics and weights. The most common fabric is high-density polyethylene, which is durable and resistant to moisture, mildew, and rot. Coolaroo and Commercial 95 fabrics are high-density mesh and can be installed flat. Sunbrella fabric is water-resistant and nearly waterproof, but must be hung with an 18-20 degree slope to prevent water pooling and damage. A quality shade sail will have stainless steel D-rings in the corners and reinforced edges.

Benefits of Sun Sail Shades Include:

  • Block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping to prevent sunburn and cancer.
  • Regulate outdoor temperature with cooling shade.
  • Reduce cooling costs by reducing heat gain from the sun.
  • More economical than building a permanent structure.
  • Make outdoor living areas more inviting.
  • Available in many sizes and colors.
  • Made with Sunbrella, Commercial 95, and Coolhaven fabrics that resist rot and mildew.
  • Can replace canopies, awnings, and umbrellas.
  • Extend the seasons for pools, ponds, plants, decks, and porches.
  • Protect patio furniture, decks, and play sets from UV rays.
  • Add visual appeal to commercial and retail areas.
  • Easy to remove and install, especially for winter storage.
  • Some fabrics come with up to 15-Year Limited Warranties on materials and one-year warranties on workmanship.

Why do Shade Sails have Curves in the sides?

The perimeter of each sail is designed with a curve (also referred to as a gore) inwards towards the center of the sail to control the fabric tension. Shade Sails have reinforced webbing around the perimeter and marine stainless steel d-rings or “Delta” rings at each corner. Years ago, people would hang up a tarp with straight sides and grommets in the corners over what they wanted to protect or to shade an area. The grommets in the corners of the tarp were attached and tensioned to the mounting points. The outside edges of the tarp would be tensioned tight, however the middle of the tarp would sag and flap in the wind. So curves were put in the edges of the perimeter and once the corners were pulled, that would attempt to straighten out the curves in the sides, but they could not because they were attached to the fabric in the center of the shade sail. This effect would in turn tighten up the fabric in the center of the shade sail. This eliminates the sagging or loose fabric like in the middle of the tarp with the grommets. When properly tensioned, the fabric will not wrinkle, sag, or flap in the wind.

Shade Sails and Sun Shade Sails are easy to install, with a variety of mounting options to choose from. They can be attached to homes, trees, free-standing steel poles, or wooden posts. To connect a shade sail to a house as a patio cover or between buildings, you will need the proper hardware, such as eye bolts, turnbuckles, and shackles.

If you are installing a sail in an open area, you will need to support it with wood posts or steel columns embedded in concrete footings. For easy seasonal removal, consider using concrete anchors.

Here is a general overview of the installation process for a shade sail:

  1. Choose the mounting locations. Make sure the mounting points are strong enough to support the weight of the shade sail.
  2. Attach the hardware. Install the eye bolts, turnbuckles, and shackles at the mounting locations.
  3. Hang the shade sail. Attach the corners of the shade sail to the hardware using turnbuckles and carabiners.
  4. Tension the sail. Use the turnbuckles to tighten the shade sail until it is taut.

It is important to note that Sunbrella shade sails should be installed with a slight slope to allow for water runoff since they are nearly waterproof. This will help to prevent the sail from pooling water and sagging.

NOTE: It is recommended that they be taken down in areas of the country that receives snow regularly. Snow loads could possibly cause damage to them if they are left up year round.

Sun Shade Sail Comparison Chart
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PARTY SAILS High Density Polyethylene Mesh Fabric 280-300 GSM
~90% UV Block
1 Yr UV Degradation Warranty Economical – Available in 5 colors.
COOLHAVEN High Density Polyethylene Mesh Fabric 230 GSM
~95% UV Block
7 Yr UV Degradation Warranty Average Cost, Available in 3 colors.
COMMERCIAL 95 High Density Polyethylene Mesh Fabric 340-350 GSM
94% to 98% UV Block
15 Yr Limited UV Degradation Warranty On Fabric Best Mesh Fabric we offer – Comes in 22 colors.
SUNBRELLA Solution Dyed Acrylic Canvas Fabric 96% to 98% UV Block 10 Yr Limited UV Degradation Warranty on Fabric Top of the line Marine Grade – Breathable, Near Waterproof.
Comparison of Shade Sail Dimension with Attachment Points
120in = Attachment Point Dimensions
108in = Shade Sail Dimensions

When we are provided with mounting point measurements, shade sails are then designed with a reduction of approximately 10 percent of your attachment point measurements (see example above). This is done to allow enough space for the mounting hardware and to tension the sail. All final measurements will be approximate due to tolerances during the fabricating process.

Due to manufacturing tolerances and fabric stretch, finished shade sail dimensions may vary 1.5″ +/-.

Read more about the Advantages of Using Shade Sails over other shading options in this informative article.