Do all shade sail colours have the same UV block?
It is important to know that not all shade sail colours block out UV to the same degree. This should be taken into account when selecting your desired shade sail fabric colour.
The metric used to determine how much UV a shade sail fabric can block is called UVR% (Ultra Violet Radiation Percentage). As such, it indicates the percentage of UV A and UV B rays blocked out by a particular shade sail fabric.
Generally, the darker the colour of the chosen shade sail fabric, the greater the UV protection it will provide. Black fabric has a UVR% of approximately 97, meaning 97 percent of the UV A and UV B rays are blocked by the fabric. In contrast, white shade sail fabric will have an average UVR% of 90
Can my shade sails stay up all year round?
We are building your shade sail with the intent of it being a permanent structure.
As such, it should not need to be removed during the cooler months. However, some customers with a shade sail close to their house like to remove their shade sail in winter to allow more natural light into their living areas during the less sunny seasons.
Do shade sails need ongoing maintenance?
Tender Loving Care doesn’t go astray with shade sails and they do benefit from a little attention from time to time! The upkeep is quite minimal however. Here’s what we recommend:
After an initial first tension check, which should occur approximately 6 months after the shade sail is installed, shade sails will only need to be periodically tensioned (tightened), generally once every couple of years.
A member of our team can show you how to do this when the shade sail is installed. Otherwise, if you would prefer us to come to site at another time, we are able to provide this service as well
Are shade sails waterproof?
Shade Mesh fabrics are not completely waterproof. Whilst the fabric quite a tight knit, which will cause about 60-70 percent of the water to run off the shade sail from the lowest sloping corner, in a heavy downpour it is not uncommon for some rain to fall through the fabric in the form of a light mist.
For those who are looking for fabrics to protect them from all weather, rain or shine, we offer a range of architectural PVC fabrics that are all fully waterproof.
Why do shade sails needs curves in the perimeter?
The curve in the perimeter of a shade sail is necessary as it pulls tension through the sail. This means the centre of the fabric is held nice and tight, minimizing any sail movement.
The amount of curvature depends on the size of the sail. Generally, the curvature sits anywhere between 5 to 10 percent of the edge length. i.e. if the sail edge (point to point) is 5 metres long, it will have up to 50 cm of curve (dip) in the centre
What kind of warranty do you provide on your services and products
We provide a 5 year workmanship warranty on all of our work. Our shade sail fabrics comes with either a 10 or 15 year UV warranty, depending on the fabric you choose. We also use a PTFE (Teflon) thread to stitch all of our shade mesh sails which have a 15 year warranty.
Is there a price difference between Waterproof & Shade Mesh designs
Yes. Waterproof sails require bigger posts and bigger footings due to higher tension loads. The price can be twice that of Shade Mesh.
What are the posts made from and how are they installed
Each job requires different size posts and footings. All posts are galvanised steel with the option of powder coated or two part epoxy paint system in the colour of your choice. A typical post for a 36-square metre shade sail is 114mm round with concrete footings of 350x1000mm.