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Sail Shades

Updated on December 4, 2012

Sail shades - The Coolest Shade Around?

The French are usually quite advanced when new fashion trends are concerned, nonetheless it looks there could be a an new trend which they have not picked up on. In truth they have been beaten by the Australians! Any person that has spent holiday time in France over the summer will know that shade is a important consideration - outdoor temperatures in the summer sun can be hot. It's very easy to get sunburnt with out even realising it.

What Is A Shade Sail?

That's usually the first question of anyone who hasn't seen one before. This video gives a demonstration of stylish shade sails.

History Of Shade Sails

It's not surprising that, during the summer time, the local Bricos have plenty of "shade solutions" - gazebos and awnings to assist in generating shade The majority of of us don’t have the years of patience required to grow an old vine or wisteria which would provide the “ideal shade solution” – no we need a quicker, man-made solution - but still one that has plenty of style...

The use of large pieces of fabric or cloth to offer shade from the sun dates back to Egyptian times. The Romans apparently employed huge pieces of sail canvas to shade the Coliseum. The sail cloth in the time was rather heavy and inflexible but leant itself remarkably well towards the duty of providing shade. In much more recent times a new shade cloth fabric was developed, initially in Australia which was lighter and extra flexible, but still provided an excellent level of protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. It was as recently as the Nineties that shade cloth started to be available on a commercial scale and began to discover acceptance in households as an alternative to parasols or gazebos.

What is rather strange is that these new shade structures have gained wide acceptance in Australia, but are almost unheard of in France. But then the French don’t have much that can match the Sydney Opera house either! The Pompidou Centre? Too many pipes.

What is even more bizarre is that in terms of wordwide sales, the UK market for Shade Sails is actually bigger than the French and Spanish markets combined! However, this picture is changing – and why not? The UK climate only allows a few barbeques per year and when the sun is out surely the last thing you are thinking about is shading yourself from it.

The best, high quality Shade Sails are produced in Australia and exports to Europe are growing fast. SailShadeWord is the world's larget manufacturer with over 24,000 satisfied consumers. Their sales are of the highest quality and come with a 10 year guarantee.

Advantages of Sail Shades

Modern Shade Sails are manufactured from a knitted fabric which allows some flexibility in the material. To be correctly installed, the shade sail must be correctly tensioned. By varying the heights of the mounting points - usually one at each corner of a sqaure or rectangular sail - it is possible to create interesting architectural effects.

An extra advantage from the knitted material is that it enables the sail shade to “breathe”, permitting warm air from below the cloth to leak instead of be trapped underneath. This gives a particularly “cool shade” impact.

Modern day Shade Sails differ in form, size and colour and there is a trend in setting up many sails, occasionally overlapping, thereby adding some form and style to its basic purpose. Sail Shades are tensioned typically by use of a stainless steel turnbuckle fixed at each corner of the sail. For completely fixed sails, the turnbuckle provides an ideal means of fixing the canopy due to the fact it facilitates the application of additional tension easily. A snap hook can also be utilized at each corner to enable uncomplicated removal in the sail during the winter or in windy conditions.

Sail Shade Key Features

Disperses heat as a result of the breathable Sail Fabric - providing truly "cool shade"

10 Year UV warranty

Commercial Grade Heavy Duty Knitted Fabric. Double needle lock stitched, UV stabilized, high density polyethelene. Blocks up to 90% of harmful UV rays.

Edge Webbing. Instead of the usual turned and sewn hem which is used by other businesses, we use added strong seatbelt webbing around the perimeter of all our Shade Sails

Fixes very easily to existing structures, or attached to timber or steel poles

Corners feature marine grade stainless steel attachment rings

Colourfast, will not rot, develop mildew, shrink, fray or tear

REMEMBER - It is very important to not underestimate the importance of summer shade

Square and Triangular Sail Shades From Sail Shades France

Square and Triangular Sail Shades From Sail Shades France

Shade Sails France - supplying the English market in France at lower than UK prices and with Free delivery. Our Premium Shade Sails are made from top quality sail cloth and come with a 10 year guarantee. They are available in both square and triangular designs and three colours - Architectural Grey, Porcelain and Coastal Sand.

Shade Sails provide a stylish and practical alternative to parasols and awnings - and are a lot more durable. The unique Sail cloth material provides a high degree of shade whilst allowing warm air to pass through, providing really "cool shade".

Easy To Install - no specialist installation necessary

Fittings Available - We can supply all of the stainless steel fittings required for installation

No Cost Delivery - We provide Totally free delivery to France

Premium High quality - All our Sail Shades have a 10 year guarantee

48-hour Delivery - On all our Shade Sails and Fitting

So, What Do You Think?

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      barrycrow60 6 years ago

      Informative! Keep it up. Surely, you'll feel happier and more secure if you're within a well-protected space. Shade sails can guard you not only from sun's rays but also from rain and hail.

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      johnnyhide 6 years ago

      Undoubtedly, shade sails are more than fancy fixtures. They are around to impress you with their comprehensive list of uses.

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      dickfeind 6 years ago

      The rods of shade sails can be strategically placed in certain areas, so everyone gets to enjoy a beautiful view without obstruction. This is also the reason why some cafes offering al fresco dining make use them.

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      kate00moss 6 years ago

      Shade sails are super efficient to block the harmful UV rays of the sun.

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      kate00moss 6 years ago

      Shade sails are a tool to cover the outdoor areas which are used generally for public gatherings.

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      tiffanydiamonde 6 years ago

      By the way, cool lens you got here :)

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      tiffanydiamonde 6 years ago

      Shade Sails are made with durable, UV protected mesh fabrics and are designed to provide outdoor shade for any environment.

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      jcarmen33 6 years ago

      Shade sail is an outdoor covering that can be used in homes, commercial establishments and yachts.

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      texasprojectw 6 years ago

      Another cool lens!

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      crystalshane777 6 years ago

      The great thing about these sails is they're flexible.