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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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How to Shop For a Shade Sail That Gives You a Lasting Shelter

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Shade sails add utility to your outdoor spaces by transforming them into dynamic and eye-catching areas. Their stylish appearance can complement a wide variety of both residential and commercial architectural approaches.  Apart from their attractiveness, shade sails can protect an outdoor space against the infiltration of the damaging UV rays without making you feel restricted or boxed in. They form an exceptional alternative to umbrellas, patio enclosures, awnings, and carports.

Despite their simplistic concept, shade sails differ in design, manufacturing processes, and components which in turn affect the end result. This article looks at the steps you need to take when choosing a shade sail that will serve you for a long time.

The Shape of the Shade Sail

Shade sails come in different shapes including rectangle, triangle, and square. Triangle shades are visually appealing but give you less shade coverage. On the other hand, rectangle and square shade sails can give you a much broader coverage, but if designed poorly, they can look plain. The best option is either installing multiple sails or having two of the diagonal corners in your rectangle and square shades higher than the rest of the corners, thus giving them a stylish twist.

The Type of Fabric

The ideal fabric for shades should be one that is waterproof, lets in a cool breeze, and is long lasting.  Fabrics that are 100% made of monofilament high-density polyethylene yarns are the strongest and appropriate for larger shades. The fabric should also be fire resistant and capable of withstanding lengthened sun exposure.

Another aspect of the shade fabrics to consider is their colours. Lighter colours give less UV protection, and allow more light to pass through. On the other hand, darker colours give more UV protection, minimise the light passing through and tend to hide dirt even after years of use.


Shades are designed to work best under tension. However, there are certain types of shades which become loose and flappy after a short time because their cables or fabrics overstretch. To ensure you get the best deal, only go for marine grade cables because they are strong and will keep your shade sail tight and stylish.

There you go! When out shopping for shade sails, ensure you put the above points in your checklist because they will go a long way in ensuring you not only get a shade that's attractive, but also one which will serve you for long and give you value for money.