Shade sails are designed to protect you from the sun. They are designed to allow the hot air to escape from underneath the shade and to allow wind to pass through, so will never be fully waterproof.
You will find that most low cost waterproof sail shades tend to lose their effectiveness after a year or so and deteriorate quickly, so if you are an installer, you could find yourself going back to replace them within the warranty period.
That depends on the site, but as a general guide, two people could install a semi-permanent shade sail from between a couple of hours and a day or two, depending on how many posts and fixing points are required. To extend the service we offer to our customers, we also provide a free installation video with every purchase of a pre-made shade sail. See our demo version for a taster.
Pre-made shade sail structures are easily attached to structures that provide a good firm fixing. Please ensure you are satisfied that the sail structures are sound and if in doubt, we recommend you seek the advice of a structural engineer.
Sail shades are design to bring shade into the garden and provide a shelter from the sun's harmful rays. Our Pre-made shade sail structure canopies cuts out up to 90% of harmful UV and provides a stylish and pleasant area to enjoy the garden or outdoor play. Because of the size, shade sails are very useful at providing privacy in garden flats, patios and balconies that are overlooked.
Because the sails are UV stabilised and very well constructed with, seatbelt webbed edges, the pre-made sail shade and semi-permanent shade sails can be left in place for 10 months of the year and only taken down when bad weather is forecast.
On a square sail shade you will typically need four snap hooks, four pad eyes (screwed onto a solid and sound fixing point) and four turnbuckles to tension. A triangle shade sail will typically need only three hooks and pad eyes and three turnbuckles. Commercial shade sail installations will vary. Please contact us for details.
We also supply galvanised steel posts. These have been certified as structurally suitable for our pre-made shade sails by our structural engineers and are sold in the correct lengths to allow for appropriate footings.
The lugs and caps are welded on and galvanised. Each post comes with 10 year anti-corrosion guarantee although we expect them to last in excess of 25 years.
There are 14 colours available for commercial grade custom sail shades. These are Aquatic Blue, Black, Brunswick Green, Cherry Red, Desert Sand, Natural, Navy Blue, Ochre Red, River Gum Green, Sky Blue, Steel Grey, Turquoise, Yellow and Charcoal.
Most deliveries will be received within 1 working day after receipt of your order and payment, providing your order was placed before 2pm on the prior working day. See our delivery policy for further details.
Planning permission is not generally necessary to erect our boxed semi-permanent sail shades but if you have any doubt then a quick call to your local council planning department should confirm either way.