Tips and tricks
If designing a shade sail project in our experience we find that the more difference there is in the heights of the posts, the more dramatic the final design will be. Allowing them to lean backwards 5 or 10 degrees gives the ´nautical´ feeling.
Using 2 or more different colour sails is very popular and gives depth in the design. If the sails overlap at some point then the look is even more dramatic. This can be done to blend in with the landscape or contrast with it depending on your style.
Our CUSTOM MADE shade sails are made with a stainless steel cable sewn into the perimeter. These cables will make the sail more stable in high winds and allow us to work with sails with less curves.
How to Give Your House the Architectural Advantage with Shade Sails
Enjoy the full use of your property even in the sizzling Australia heat with shade sails. Made from Commercial 95 High Density Polyethylene and treated with UV stabilizers, shade sails will withstand high temperatures and UV exposure typical of Australia.
Installing shade sails to your home will introduce a unique architectural perspective to your property, while at the same time providing much needed respite from the sun. Suitable for use around your swimming pool to provide a cool shade over the sun loungers, or over your outside dining area, a shade sail is not only practical but will add aesthetic and architectural appeal to your house.
Shade sails are a popular feature in Australia both in home and commercial properties. If you own a rental home then installing a shade sail will surely attract a lot more prospective tenants. The shade sale is attractive both in design and functionality and no home should be without one. Available in many different colours you can rest assured there is a colour to complement your outside decor and paint choice.
Below are other uses of shade sails:
• Shade sails in Australia will protect your garden furniture from solar damage
• Shaded barbeque areas and children play areas
• Gardens and carports
The opportunities for using shade sails are unlimited; get in touch today to start off the process of purchasing a shade sail from Shade Matters.
Installations know how’s
When very lucky we can mount a shade sail between existing walls. But in most projects we need to add a pole to support the sails. A shade sail supported by posts is essentially a small construction project. We need to dig holes, posts have to be sourced and concreted in. Several site visits are needed to secure accurate measurements throughout the project..
When properly tensioned, shade sail fabric will not wrinkle, sag, or flap in the wind. We aim sails to be tensioned between 300& 450kg, depending on size and location. Accordingly anchor points require careful selection and installation. Sails that are not properly tensioned end up holding water, hanging limp and becoming unstable in heavy winds. Sails work best when they are under enough tension to give curvature, are not on a level plane and are ‘twisted’ for stability.
What color shade sail is cooler underneath?
My first reaction on this quest was to ask myself is, am I cooler or hotter in a black T-shirt vs. a White T-shirt…
A black T-shirt is obviously hotter. Then some thinking began. If you wear a dark-colored shirt, you get hotter because the color absorbs more UV rays.
So.., white reflects heat, black absorbs it. Darker coloured fabrics are better at blocking UV rays than lighter ones. So a dark blue, green, or black would be better than yellow or white.
Since the canopy isn’t in direct contact with your body the black fabric will block/absorb more of the sun’s UV-radiation than a lighter colour. A shade sail fabric is thin enough that it is going to allow some amount of radiation to pass. So the more important question is which colour is better at blocking this radiation. The black fabric is certainly going to be hotter to the touch, but since you are at least a meter under the sail it does not reflect the heat on your body.
Black shade sail blocking more UV radiation
What about reflection of the radiation?
Darker colours generally block more light creating more shade and a darker environment under the sail. A darker environment will reflect less radiation than a lighter one.
If you are in the shade but close to a reflective surface, such as a swimming pool, shiny white wall or white outdoor table, you may still be exposed to UV rays that bounce off these surfaces. Anything that causes a glare in the Sun (e.g. snow, water, white surfaces) has the potential to increase your UV exposure by reflecting and scattering radiation from any direction – including beneath the shade sail.
So to bring all this together, the best shade sail will have a dark coloured tightly woven fabric.