Planning Your Shade Sail
You need to consider several important factors before you move forward with your shade sail design, the most important being "what am I trying to achieve with this product?". Carefully considering the space you have available outdoors, and whether any underground services exist in areas where you might look at installing posts, will ensure that your planning phase remains relatively problem free.
You should also consider the overall size of the area that you are shading. There are many cost effective pre-made sail products available around the world, and accommodating your structure to a pre-made sail, rather than building a structure and ordering a custom made sail (which is made exactly to fit), will ensure you save thousands of dollars in the long run.
Also, you should check with your local authorities as to whether permits are required for your sail structure. If you are considering fixing to existing structures, then consult a builder or engineer about the suitability of its strength.
Designing Your Shade Sail
The beauty of a shade sail is that you are virtually unlimited in your design options. The most visually exciting sails have vast differences in the heights of their fixing points.
Importantly however, remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so it should be designed to maximise shade during the hottest, afternoon hours of a summer's day.
Installing Your Fixing Points
Once you have planned and designed your structure, you can move forward and install the fixings necessary to support the sail. These will comprise of steel or timber columns, brackets, eyebolts, wall plates, or a combination of all of these things. For a pre made sail, remember to install the fixing points a reasonable distance from where the sail ends, to ensure it can be tensioned using turnbuckles or pulleys.
If you have decided to have a custom sized sail installed, then you can simply install your fixings where you want, measure the area up, and order the shade sail online to be manufactured to suit your exact requirements.
If you are using steel columns, do not underestimate the depths of your footing requirements. These need to be significant, as the post will be pulled in only one direction and be exposed to significant cantilever loads.
Installing Your Shade Sail
Now it's time to fit your tensioning devices to the sail, and connect them to the fixings that you have installed. Note that heavy duty custom shade sails are made from fabric that stretches, and so the manufacturer should have made allowance for that stretch. The sail can be very difficult to install for the first time.
There are a number of simple pulley methods that can be applied to make this process simpler.
Once the fittings are connected, simply turn each of the tensioning devices until the sail is nice and tight.
Relax and Enjoy!
The best bit! Set yourself up under your brand new shade sail, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful outdoors in style!
Available in multiple colors and sizes, the sunshade sail can be installed using various design options including installation at various heights for an offset look that is visually stimulating. The colorful fabric and unique shapes provide a cool and relaxing atmosphere and a feeling of being on vacation without leaving the home. Shade sails are comprised of commercial grade knitted fabrics and can be easily cleaned using soap and water. The durable mesh tarp fabric is designed for years of enjoyment and is naturally resistant to mold, rot and mildew.
Selecting The Position Of Your Shade Sail:
Prior to purchasing a sail it is important to select and measure the installation areas. Consider what design element you are trying to achieve and pick the most suitable location.