Shade Sails provide aesthetic benefits as well as protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
Shade sails are architectural panels that offer shade and UV protection from the sun. Made from engineered fabric, they have many applications such as playground covers, pergola shades, and walkway protection.
A shade sail is designed to create outdoor shade based on the basic technology as a ship’s sail. Shade sails use a flexible membrane tensioned between several anchor points. They are usually provided above public gathering places such as seating areas and playgrounds where strong sun radiation makes prolonged stays in the open sun unpleasant.
Originally shade fabric, like all fabrics in the outdoors, suffered from UV degradation. UV inhibitors are now added during the manufacture of shade cloth and good shade cloth now comes with multi-year UV degradation warranties.
Modern purpose-made shade sails vary in shape, size, and color. There is a trend towards installing multiple sails, sometimes overlapping, thereby adding some form and style to its function.