Shade Sails & Sail Shades – 34 Colors for the 2023 Season
Keeps You Cool and Blocks the Sun’s Damaging UV Rays
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Shade Sails sometimes referred to as Sun Sails come in a array of shapes, colors, and materials. They are a decorative and affordable way to create shade that will help keep you comfortable even in hot weather. According to a published report from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the depletion of the ozone layer, the atmosphere’s natural protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is decreasing. Because of this, there are a variety of major health problems linked to overexposure to UV radiation. Use the following link to view the full report at the EPA.gov website Health Effects of UV Radiation. Our state of the art fabrics block the sun’s harmful UV rays yet are not affected by rain, snow, and high humidity or even by the extreme weather found in many parts of the country. Some fabrics provide waterproof / water resistant properties.
Types of fabrics for Sun Sails
Custom Shade Sails and standard sized Shade Sails are available in different fabrics and fabric weights. The most commonly used fabric from companies such as Coolaroo is a high density polyethylene material that is very durable and resistant to moisture, mildew, and rot. Coolaroo and Commercial 95 fabrics are a high density mesh, thus can be installed completely flat with no slope or angle on the tarp. Our Sunbrella fabric is a canvas solution dyed acrylic fabric that is water resistant and nearly waterproof. A Sunbrella shade sail must be hung with an 18 to 20 degree slope, for water runoff. Without the slope, you could incur damage to your sail and possibly your home. A quality shade sail will use stainless steel D-rings in the corners and will have reinforced edges.
Benefits of Shade Sails Include:
- Blockage from the sun’s harmful UV rays – up to 98%
- Helps prevent sunburn and cancer due to the UV blockage
- Helps regulate the outdoor temperature with cooling shade
- When used up against a house, it reduces the heat from the sun, thus reducing your cooling costs
- Economical, much cheaper than building a structure
- Makes your outdoor living area, more inviting to your guests
- Comes in many sizes and colors to choose from.
- Sunbrella, Commercial 95 and Coolhaven fabrics that will not rot or mildew
- Can be used to replace canopies, awnings and umbrellas.
- Use over pools, ponds, plants, decks and porches to extend their seasons
- Protects your patio furniture, grills, and play sets from the harmful UV rays
- Draws attention with the colors and designs in commercial and retail areas
- Easy to remove and install, especially for taking down in the winter months
- Some fabrics have up to 10 year limited warranties and the workmanship for one year
Why do Shade Sails have Curves in the sides?
The perimeter of each shade 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 also known as Sun 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 shade an area. The grommets in the corners of the tarp were attached to the mounting points and pulled tight. 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.
Sail Shades are very easy to install; they can be attached to homes, trees, or free standing steel poles or wooden posts. They can be connected to a house or between buildings with the proper hardware. In an open area they will need to be supported by wood posts or steel columns embedded in concrete footings and can be easily removed for seasonal use.
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.
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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
|10 Yr Limited UV Degradation Warranty On Fabric||Best Mesh Fabric we offer – Comes in 20 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.|
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.
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