Planning for your shade sail

When planning for a shade sail people generally have two objectives in mind.

1. Shade - Planning for shade coverage is often a little tricky as the suns position changes with the  time of day, and the time of the year.  The height of the shade sails also effects where the shade is cast. This generally means that fixing points need to be further away from the shade area you require.

2. Looks ( Style and Shape). It is important to consider your shape, colour, and in particular try to vary your fixing heights. Varied fixing heights assist with water run off, shade stability, tensioning and load forces created by the wind. 

Shade Sail shapes, configurations and design ideas

Shade Sails can be almost any shape. Triangles, Squares, Rectangles, Hexagons and so on. It is popular to have multiple shades and shapes to add more appeal to your shade sail.  Fixing heights also dramatically change the look of the shade. Below is a sample of some design ideas.

Shade Sail - Design


Shade fixings vary greatly depending on the area that needs to be covered. Should you require your shade to be fixed to a building structure it is important that you seek advise from an engineers or a builder to ensure the structure is able to cope with the high forces sail shades can generate on fixing points.

As a general rule it is better and safer to install galvanised steel posts to support you shade sail. 

Shade Sail Posts

Posts come in different shapes (round or square), different thicknesses and diameters. It is important that the correct post sizes are used. This varies depending on the height of the posts and the size of the shade sail.  Posts can also be painted or powdered coated in almost any colour or left as a natural galvanised look. The galvanised look is the most popular today.  

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