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Welcome! Our pedigree in shade sail manufacturing goes back over 60 years so we are well qualified to guide you in your buying decision and help you learn about shade sails.

On this page there are links to 18 pages covering the topics you need to know about to educate you and help your evaluation. Scroll down further for FAQs.

We are, of course, available to help you at all stages, just look for 'TALK TO US'.

DID YOU KNOW?
THE WORLD'S SECOND RICHEST PERSON DID NOT CHOOSE AMAZON FOR HIS SHADE SAILS
THEY WERE 'MADE TO ORDER' BY SAIL SHADE WORLD!
  

Besides having many thousands of retail customers we also have over 2,000 corporate buyers worldwide.
Maybe you would know one of them near you?
  

We supply custom Residential & Commercial shade sails
made to order exactly the way you want them.
Get a quote now for a great price with 15 year warranty!
Free delivery in INDIA in 7 days.
HOW TO INSTALL YOUR SHADE SAIL
Planning Your Shade Sail Structure. There are many, very important considerations when planning your structure, and in fact this is the single most important aspect of the whole process..

HOW TO MEASURE FOR YOUR SHADE SAIL
The first thing to understand is the shapes we use are only to show the points where the lengths are measured and are not meant to show the exact shape of shade sails we manufacture. The diagonal lengths dictate the ...

HELPFUL EXPLAINER ABOUT CUSTOM SHADE SAILS
Be it Custom Made, Bespoke. Made to Measure or Made to Order we are talking about a shade sail made exactly to your....

READ OUR CUSTOMER REVIEWS
We believe that our customers are our greatest asset and treat them accordingly. Customer satisfaction with thousands of happy customers are our life blood.

LEARN ABOUT SHADE SAIL SHAPES
Shade sails come in all shapes and sizes, we make shade sail with up to 8 sides. All variants which Sail Shade World can make as custom made shade sails....

HOW OUR PRICES COMPARE
In August of 2020, after being in business for 14 years we decided to get price comparisons. to compare ease of getting a quotation and get a sense of customer service. Using the services of a third party ...

WHY WE DO NOT SELL WATERPROOF SHADE SAILS!
Because waterproof shade sails are opaque the heat build up is quite considerable, water ponds on the sail and will spontaneously dump a few gallons on whoever is near the sail. Typically shade sails are high so the rain protection is ...

SHADE CLOTH COLOURS & TECHNICAL INFO
We use Gale Pacific Synthesis Shade Cloth which is designed for tension structures and shade sails it is used on a wide variety of applications. Commercial 95® 340 offers the ultimate combination of maximum sun protection, strength and ....

SCHOOLS, CAFES, RESTAURANTS ETC.
Shade sails for cafes, restaurants and schools is an important part of our businesses. Outdoor dining is now more frequent in urban environments. The world is also now aware that children need sun protection...

WHAT IS OUR SHADE SAIL RECYCLING PROGRAM?
Sail Shade World has always been conscious of our environmental footprint, obviously we have some energy consumption but we try to do our best to help. Since starting this company in 2006 our positive contributions are ...

WHAT ARE PREMADE & FIXED SIZE SHADE SAILS?
Through a special website we offer a range of fixed size shade sails. This page lists all the sizes and prices and has a direct link to the website...

WHEN WILL I GET MY SHADE SAIL?
We have used DHL for our logistic requirements since we started in 2006. All our shade sails are shipped air express and normally take 3-5 days ...

LOTS OF PICTURES
All these pictures are from our customers. They are not professional taken so the style and quality is not always that good, but they are the genuine article..

TALK TO US - MAKE CONTACT
We do not publish out telephone number because we cannot always be here at the time that you call. We are a global business and you daytime might be...

SAIL SHADE WORLD WEBSITES
We have Sail Shade World websites for countries and also specialist websites to do with Shade Sails ...

PRESS BLOGS & LINKS
Here we have links to where Sail Shade World is mentioned in blogs.| Here are our press releases...

Delivery to United States is 4-7 days.


Although we might not be in your town we can have a custom shade sail made to order for you and delivered within 7 days!

We are the best custom shade sail maker, dealer and supplier capable of fulfilling all your needs, ordinary or special. We are confident that we make the very best bespoke and made to order product for discerning people.

All our prices include delivery to your door by DHL Express.

Are shade sails a good idea?

Yes, but it depends on your circumstance. If you are happy to have a semi-permanent structure that could be in place all the time or most of the warmer part of the year, then you should consider a shade sail.

Professionally made shade sails will use high grade shade cloth that offers UV protection, most awnings, umbrellas, and cheap mass-produced shade sails do not offer UV protection.

Shade sails that are well integrated into their surroundings area very attractive addition to a home, they will protect you from the sun and UV, offer you shade and, likely, enhance the value of your property.

Are shade sails effective?

Yes, they are. Sitting under a good quality shade sail on a summer's day could be compared to sitting under a large leafy tree. The air will be cooler and more pleasant add to that the value of UV protection.

If you have children who like to spend hours in the pool a shade sail over the pool or part of it will inhibit sunburn (potential for skin cancer), the same applies to outdoor play area as well.

Can I make my own shade sail?

Not really. For a shade sail to be effective and safe it should be very well tensioned this requires that the construction of the sail itself is very strong, something not achievable in-home construction. Purchasing from a professional shade sail maker such as ourselves you will get a shade sail with a 15-year warranty.

Do shade sails blow away? How much wind can a shade sail withstand?

Yes, if not properly installed or mounted. Shade sails need tension, lots of it! If not tensioned, then they will start to flap up and down in the wind. This movement will have a negative mechanical effect of the mountings which will likely fail. A properly tensioned high grade shade sail should withstand constant wind of 60mph (102kmh) and gusts of up to 100mph (160kmh).

How do you attach a shade sail to a house? Should a shade sail be tight or loose?

Remember tension is the shade sails friend - they must be very, very tight.

This depends on where you want to attach it and the construction material.

If you want to mount it very high, from the roof, it is possible to use specially made Shade Sail Anchor (Roof Extenda Bracket) (https://www.shadeaustralia.com.au/roof-extenda-bracket).

If you are mounting to a fascia board, use a four-hole eye plate so the load is spread. Please remember that a lot of tension will be exerted on the mounting point and in high wind situations could rip off the fascia board unless properly secured - we recommend using a long-threaded rod anchoring the fascia board back to a strong internal roof joist.

If mounting to a wall also use four, or even six, hole eye plates. If the wall is cladding and you will be bolting or screwing through to joists behind the cladding always be mindful of it being strong enough. With brick, stone, or concrete secure bolts using CHEMICAL INJECTION ANCHORING.

In all instances we suggest you use marine grade stainless 316 for fittings.

How long does a shade sail last?

It depends on the supplier and quality. Readily available pre-sized sails from large online vendors with low prices expect them to last as many days as the price - if you are lucky. These sails also have no monofilament in the fabric so do not offer UV protection. They also have no warranty.

For long lasting sails you should expect to spend much more money. With these sails you should expect between 5- and 15-years use, depending on the vendor. We offer a 15-year warranty.

How much do backyard sails cost? How much do professional shade sails cost? How much do shade sails cost installed?

Prices vary from very cheap to very expensive - basically you get what you pay for.

Cheap sails range in price from less than $20 to around $300. These sails from Amazon or eBay and low-priced boxed shade sails from hardware stores will not last long. These sails will not take tension and will break on the edge or in the seams if treated like a real shade sail and subjected to tensioning. They will have no warranty.

Middle range premade sails will start at about $150 for a small lightweight Residential grade shade sail 3M x 3M x 3M (approx. 9ft x 9ft x 9ft) and going as high as $900 for a Commercial grade shade sail of 5M x 7M (approx. 17ft x 24ft).

The Residential not be used for tensioned permanent installation and should be taken down in bad weather and stored through the winter months. If well cared for they will have a useful life of 10 years or more. They will have a 5-year warranty.

The Commercial Grade sails are designed to be tensioned and should last up to 18 years if well maintained. Warranty of 15 years.

What is the best material for a sail shade? What is a good GSM for a shade sail? What is the best quality shade cloth?

Seek out vendors who specifically say they use shade cloth and can provide technical specification.

You cannot use plastic sheeting, tarpaulin, polythene, or any fabric/material that is opaque and does not allow airflow. Shade cloth is knitted polyethylene with a monofilament to block UV transmission. The “gold standard” shade cloth is Gale Pacific who invented knitted shade cloth in the early 1970s. After several years of testing and development, they launched their first range in 1976. They are now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of shade cloth.

For shade sails the minimum GSM (grams sq. Meter) should not be less than 180 and this only for lightweight low tensioned sails. 340-350 GSM is an ideal weight for highly tensioned shade sails. Heavier weights suitable for longer spans are available.

We only supply Gale Pacific shade cloth since we consider it the best quality and put to the test with thousands of sails delivered worldwide, we have never had a failure of the shade cloth.

What is the best colour for a sun shade sail?

There is no best colour.

There are several considerations. Are you going for appearance or for UV protection. Below is a table for Gale Pacific Commercial 340 showing the shade factor and the UV protection. These values would be typical of most real shade cloths so it up to you to work out which is best for you.

UV PROTECTION TABLE