SHADE SAIL TERMINOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS:
Are you familiar with shade sails and how they work?
Here is some information to help you make a more informed decision to better suit your needs:
- Shade sails do not have a frame; they are tensioned out from their corners/points. This means there are very high forces on each corner/point, especially when it’s windy.
- Shade sails are not waterproof, though they will shed some water.
- Some shapes work better than others. Single triangles are not very effective at providing shade, while Hypars (4 corners), Quintus (5 corners) and Multi-point (6 or more corners) sails work very well.
- It is likely that we will need to install 1 or more posts to support the shade sail. The posts are usually schedule 40 steel posts 4-5″ in diameter and are installed permanently in the ground. Other corners can often be attached to adjacent buildings.
- Posts should be set 3′-5′ outside the space where shade is needed, since the shade will not be directly underneath the sail, and the position of the shade moves throughout the day.
- While considering shade sails for your yard, keep in mind what you are hoping to achieve from the shade sail installation. Are you looking for mid-day shade? Evening shade? Where would the shade sail need to be placed, in order to block the sun? Oftentimes the shade sail itself needs to be offset from the area that you want to have shaded.
TRIANGLE (TRISAIL) – 3 POINTS
Does not provide a lot of shade coverage, but has the classic triangular sail shape. Works best in a set of 2 or more shade sails. Generally mounted with 2 points low and 1 point high. Can be mounted with all 3 points at differing heights. Less stable in windy conditions.
HYPAR SAIL – 4 POINTS
This organic four-sided shape provides excellent shade coverage, and a pleasing aesthetic. Viewed from different angles, the shape often looks triangular and conveys the impression that the corners are lifting away to the sky. A twisted shape is created by mounting two diagonally opposing corners high and the other two diagonally opposing corners low . This twist allows the shade sail to tension out properly, and reduces fluttering in the wind.
QUINTUS SAIL – 5 POINTS
Generally pentagonal in shape, though not necessarily with all sides of equal length. Great application for more circular shade requirements. Generally mounted in a combination of either 3 high points and 2 low points, or 2 high points and 3 low points.
OVERLAPPING/SERIES OF SAILS –
Great application for larger shade requirements or for more pleasing aesthetics.
As the name suggests, applicable when you have 3-4 walls forming an enclosed courtyard that you want shaded. In this case all the corners are attached to the walls at varying heights.
FIXED EDGE –
When you want shade provided without a scalloped edge, rather than fixing just the point/s to the structure, an entire edge of the shade can be fixed to the structure; such as under the eave of your roof above your patio deck.
Pergolas/Gazebo Cover – while not technically shade sails, these are made from the same materials and provide the same end result – shade. We can make custom shade covers to fit any custom or home-made pergola.