Garden Shade Sail
No matter what you call them, they provide you with both great shade features as well as an aesthetic component not often found in other types of patio covers. These shade sails will give you an entirely unique feeling to your backyard patio area.
Originally, these patio shade sails were made to provide the residents in Australia with cooler summers. Many areas of the ‘land-down-under’ experience heat extremes like much of the desert Southwest of the U.S. These areas find shade a premium commodity – the same is true for many homeowners who enjoy their patio living.
These sail awnings come in a variety of shapes and colors and can be mounted in different ways to achieve the type of shade you seek. Colors may include: tans, greens, blues, yellow, red and even purple. In the most common scenario, triangle shade sails are mounted between three fixed points. The awning or sail canopy material, itself, can be made of nylon or canvas and trademarked fabrics, like Sunbrella and Coolaroo. These newer, patented fabrics are typically longer lasting, with UV-resistant properties versus their canvas awnings counterparts.
The triangular shaped sails are followed closely in popularity by the square sail. Both come in pre-made sizes or you can order custom sizes to meet your unique patio, backyard or other space needs. You’ll want to ensure that the hardware used to hang and mount your sails to is resistant to rust and damage from high tension. These sails do not flap in the wind, they are tightened quite taught.
Waterproof Shade Sails
The nature of some of these sails to resist water is one of their best features, when needed. These waterproof shade sails are best for applications for swimming pool covers (indirect), playground areas, watered backyards and deck areas and for marine use – like over boats – in a dock. In many cases, the same trusted Sunbrella name provides the waterproof and UV-ray resistance at a 98% blockage rate. This rate of sun ray blockage varies among patio shades. Most typical shade sails offer a 70% blockage.