SELECTING SHADE SAILS: WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ABOUT THE FABRIC

March 10, 2022 58 Comments

SELECTING SHADE SAILS: WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ABOUT THE FABRIC

Shade sails are available in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and patterns. A shade sail not just helps to beautify your home and business but also offers protective functions. That is why it is important to carefully consider the type of fabrics that will fulfill the particular needs of your sail shades.

Here are some things that you should factor in when buying shade sails.


Waterproof Fabric

Waterproof fabrics are made of fine fabric with very tightly braided meshes. These fabrics offer excellent protection from the sun and the rain and are often used to provide shades for homes, outdoor cafes, and other commercial businesses. It is recommended that these shade sails be placed high since they also prevent the passage of air. If they are placed too low, the area beneath them will get too humid and muggy.


Permeable Material

These fabrics are made of a weave with a looser mesh that allows air to pass through well. These shade sails are an ideal material for providing the right amount of shade and air into the area beneath them. However, they do not protect from rain.

These shades are a good option if you want to cover patio furniture, a dining area, or a hammock and allow the guests to spend time outdoors in comfort. The plus side of these sales is that they do not retain rainwater that can form pockets on the fabric and weigh down the sails. They also allow air to pass through creating a cooler environment beneath the shades.


Polyethylene Shade

Shade sails are made of different types of fabrics depending on your need. The denser the fabric, the more it will be able to withstand the elements and support its own weight.

Polyethylene fabric is a looser mesh and allows air to pass freely. This is a great fabric that offers UV resistance and stain resistance. This type of fabric is very easy to maintain, is light, and does not fade.


Strength of a Shade

The shade sails should also have edges that are reinforced by a strip of hem or fabric so that the shade sail can withstand the force of the wind. It is a good idea to get shades that are not supported by eyelets as they can tear off during strong winds or from the weight of the shade itself over time.


Shade Sail Shapes

Custom shade sails allow you to enjoy your patio, restaurant, or other outdoor establishments. The great thing about them is that they are available in square, rectangular, and triangular shapes allowing you to select any shape that you prefer. In addition, they allow different sorts of configurations in a set of overlapping shapes and colors. These fabrics offer a modern architectural solution to protect your home from the sun.


Bottom Line

When erecting shade sails, it is important that you install them carefully. The right size, anchor, and positioning of the shade sail are crucial when it comes to providing you protection from the elements. That is why we recommend that you visit LOVESTORY to select your sails and get them installed professionally.



58 Responses

BeeA
BeeA

March 17, 2022

Just finished installing this new tarp it looks like good quality material that will last it was easy to install I will give a review on this tarp after I see how long it lasts thank you

J. R.
J. R.

March 17, 2022

This is being used as a patio cover. We would like to have grommets in the center of each edge for greater support. The product seems to be excellent and just what we ordered.

Kellyehue
Kellyehue

March 17, 2022

This is the second one I have purchased! Love these! Super price! Super durable! Makes an enormous difference in temperature having some shade! Love these!

Kindle C
Kindle C

March 17, 2022

We live in a condo on the bottom floor so we can’t put up a permanent structure in the yard outside our patio but this was perfect to attach to the balcony above us and the fence behind us. It keeps the sun off and the temp down. It’s easy to put it up and take it down when we want to be outside and stores in a very small package. It literally takes less than a minute to put up or take down. We love it. It’s great for camping too!

GooeyMac
GooeyMac

March 17, 2022

I do not understand why we don’t use these all over the place. It is a great addition to my veranda.For a fraction of the cost of a single umbrella, I get the coverage of 2 or 3 umbrellas with no footprint or moving it around to cool off 3 people badly.

Seworiginal
Seworiginal

March 17, 2022

We needed a heat break for our center atrium. The courtyard is an odd shape with a wall curving into the space. The shade’s curved sides fit perfectly around the wall. The shade was well made and easy to install. The tan color gives a nice honey filtered light thru the windows.

Brian W
Brian W

March 17, 2022

I have a two story boat dock. I had a triangular sail until this year when I replaced it with a 12′ × 12′ square sail. This gives much more shade and lowers the temperature.

Kevin P.
Kevin P.

March 17, 2022

After searching for a good way to add some shade to our back patio, I came across this shade sail.I highly recommend this shade sail. Great price and so far it has shown to be pretty sturdy.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

March 14, 2022

Perfect for sun protection. I didn’t want to buy another car port so i decided to get this instead. I put my cars underneath it and my car is not torching hot when I get in which is what I wanted it for.

Samantha
Samantha

March 14, 2022

Oh my goodness! This was worth the price! I was hesitant at first but read great reviews. Glad I purchased it. Perfect for backyard shade. It’s a great size and easy to install. It is thick and tough. The colors to chose from are great as well. I would definitely purchase again if needed.

Sigourney Gunther
Sigourney Gunther

March 14, 2022

I have 3 of these now, in different shapes. They are all super sturdy

Happy Gal
Happy Gal

March 14, 2022

Lovely sun sail. The quality and stitching seem high.

Wendy greenling
Wendy greenling

March 14, 2022

I live in a community where we have a patio and no screens. I bought this to cover my entire patio!

Jay
Jay

March 14, 2022

Love the different style and design look.

Kyle
Kyle

March 14, 2022

This product does exactly what we need it to do, block the sun. As expected if does block almost all the sun and is breathable for water to come though and not hold it down.. Not only did it make our deck usable again, all of our neighbors are commenting on how good it looks.

Shawn K
Shawn K

March 14, 2022

This has turned out to be one of my favorite purchases…

RS
RS

March 14, 2022

We bought 5 of these to put out in our pool area. Our pool and gazebo face the south and gets really hot. I have put in tropical gardens back in that area in hopes of cooling the area down but the plants were burning up so we put up 2 sails in that area and 3 over the pool to keep the grandbabies from getting sunburned.

weaponx
weaponx

March 14, 2022

This is my second order for these and they work well and are very strong. I have had the first ones only four months but they took the wind and rain without getting damaged

Robert Mayer
Robert Mayer

March 14, 2022

I love that they had a variety of sizes and shapes. It fit our deck perfectly.

Damion Delton
Damion Delton

March 14, 2022

This product provides a great amount of shade during the hot summer days. It was very easy to install and the color is a nice accent to the house. I will be ordering another one to cover more of my patio

Sunshine
Sunshine

March 14, 2022

Love these sails! Bought two… awesome shade, great material, nice color and size.

 Rey
Rey

March 14, 2022

We purchased this shade sail to shade a portion of our deck that has a due west exposure.
This was easy to install along with another triangle shaped shade sail and works great.
We can now actually use our deck most of the day and the shade is a lifesaver.

Melissa
Melissa

March 14, 2022

We love it! We are going to purchase one more shade to get even more coverage. The quality is great!

Vanessa Bridges
Vanessa Bridges

March 14, 2022

We used this as shade at the lake in the middle of the summer. It was great!

Carrie D.
Carrie D.

March 14, 2022

These sails are nice and big, and provide large sections of shade. We’ve had them up several weeks now.

Tinker
Tinker

March 14, 2022

I got these because we needed a way to quickly, make our deck habitable in the day time. The sun is killer out there.

Laura P.
Laura P.

March 14, 2022

This shade sale worked perfectly to provide morning and afternoon shade and looks fabulous I like that the way the design looks, it was easy to install, and has held up to the monsoons of summer quite well.

hja1985
hja1985

March 14, 2022

You won’t regret this purchase! Bought it for my daycare. My husband opted for quick release hardware because we see lots of winter and it made sense! We’re not quite finished woth construction, but these are adorable so I had to post.

Kassie
Kassie

March 14, 2022

I have ordered so many of these, and use them for a number of things, that I should be sponsored.These work for anything and everything. Need a patio cover? done. Carport? You got it. Shade for planters and animals in the heat wave? No problem. Use some t-post clips to add a cool looking privacy fence, or attach to a cage.

Woofie
Woofie

March 14, 2022

I use these shadecloths to put on top of my dogs’ kennels, as the NM sun not only is hot, but destroys a dog’s show coat! I have tried the beige color; this year I bought the terra cotta/clay(ish) color. It gives true shade. As long as they are being sold, I will buy this brand!

Smokey
Smokey

March 14, 2022

I bought this product to provide a sun shade on both sides of my patio. In California it’s very hot in the summer and the sun stays bright in the entire day. I need the shade so I can play ping pong in the backyard. It’s very light in weight and easy to install.

SMB
SMB

March 14, 2022

I have a hot tub on my deck and was looking for something to shield me from the rain (and snow, for that matter). My MBR deck is above it, but rain and snow still gets through the decking and if it’s windy it blows through the sides since it’s on the edge of the main deck. Even a patio umbrella wouldn’t be able to solve that problem. A friend told me about these sun shades so I thought I’d try one out. This sun shade was SUPER easy to put up and not only shields the rain and snow from my hot tub, but it also keeps the area shaded from the sun. It was also WAY less expensive than other solutions out there. What a genius invention- Wish I knew about these years ago!!!

Erik
Erik

March 14, 2022

Nice shade! I had a rectangular one.

Andrea
Andrea

March 14, 2022

I have 2 of these, love them. The temperature difference when you stand under them is CRAZY. A friend literally told me “this is the most useless thing you have bought” when she saw my sails (that I installed as a parking shade at my farm) – but then I asked her to stand under them… and she was stunned at the temperature change and how my car was cool even though the temperatures were in the high 90s. Totally recommended.

Frost
Frost

March 13, 2022

Awesome shade sail. We were gonna build a patio Cover but when lumber prices sky rocketed we decided to do this instead. You need to make sure you measure measure measure and layout the sail before anything to know where your post are gonna go or whatever attachment point your gonna use. I definitely recommend using turn buckles to get the sail nice and taut. All in all this is a great shade sail for a patio like mine. I got the 16×20 and it fits perfectly for my backyard.

Nancy
Nancy

March 13, 2022

I bought this Sunshade sail for the Backyard. But it also can be used for other occasions like over a patio lawn or pool. I just need it for my backyard when I am reading outside. During this critical time. We always stay home so the backyard is the best place I can enjoy the beautiful weather outside. The sunshade is super easy to set up. The shade cloth is breathable and mostly UV block, which I am not afraid of the sunburn when the summer is coming.

Hikes
Hikes

March 13, 2022

Been installed for 2 weeks now, has held up to several high wind events and the harsh mountain lighting.

Mkdsn
Mkdsn

March 13, 2022

this shade has now been up on the beach in Florida for over a year through sun, wind, and rain. Still up there and doing it’s job.

Sharon
Sharon

March 13, 2022

I have 3 of these now, in different shapes. They are all super sturdy, don’t sun-bleach (the sandy color anyway), the rings haven’t ripped off any of the corners (and I live on the beach with hurricanes), and they do block the sun without making it feel too dark. Great find.

Karl
Karl

March 13, 2022

Nice job! I want one!

EsKay
EsKay

March 13, 2022

Wow, imagine having a shade sail professionally installed. I just bought some and hooked them up and they’ve lasted for 41years so far. Much more wind resistant than umbrellas.

Marti
Marti

March 13, 2022

Ooh, glad this popped up in front of me this morning. My house in Albuquerque needs a patio cover, but it’s a combination of factors that has kept me from figuring out how to do it. Some kind of a sail would be perfect and now I know how to do it.

Kassie
Kassie

March 13, 2022

A great option when you can’t afford adding a porch to your backyard but need a shaded area.

Santana
Santana

March 13, 2022

Good job ! – Few questions – Do you take this down in a storm or high winds ?

Ryan
Ryan

March 13, 2022

One thing to note about triangle shade sails: They work totally fine, but you’ll need 2-3 shade sails for total coverage of an area.

Trinity
Trinity

March 13, 2022

beautiful! I’m going to try this with my balcony.

Bron
Bron

March 13, 2022

Ok, you are making me want to buy a small condo with a small balcony and have a nice little, simple, minimalistic life!

Mijua
Mijua

March 13, 2022

What a great Sharing!

Cannon
Cannon

March 13, 2022

I love this idea!

Bngr
Bngr

March 13, 2022

Beautiful Job! Thanks for Sharing

Steppi
Steppi

March 13, 2022

Awesome Job!

Jared
Jared

March 11, 2022

As described, this sails can shelter the yard from direct sun. make the sails securely to shelter the patio, yard, garden. Quite Convenient and helpful in the coming summer. Recommend to have it.

Mike
Mike

March 11, 2022

I bought 4 for my large roofless deck that is Southwest facing, so it has a lot of sun. Works great! Holds up to good gusts of wind coming across large acres of open field and pastures.

Karl
Karl

March 11, 2022

Nice job! I want one!

Thebarbrr
Thebarbrr

March 11, 2022

Since I’ll be working from home for the summer, I wanted to create an outside area to be able to sit with my computer — shade necessary. I am very happy with this purchase and it is a great bargain for the price. It was easy to install , durable so far, and I get so many compliments on it. Very happy with the product!

Vivi
Vivi

March 11, 2022

I so want to try something like this for our patio.

Joanna
Joanna

March 11, 2022

Very happy with this blog. We needed a shade sail for our deck, which is in direct sun most of the day.

Bob
Bob

March 11, 2022

We decide to use these shade sails as privacy screens. Our neighbor already had a fence and it didn’t make sense to me to have another fence in front of their fence. We also like the neighbors but don’t like their yard’s appearance. So, we thought this would provide a “nice” way to block their yard without fully blocking our ability to interact with them. We’ve had high winds and rain. This has not presented any issues so far. Love them.

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