A shade sail is a device to create outdoor shade based on the basic technology as a ship's sail. Shade sails use a flexible membrane tensioned between several anchor points.
Shade Sails protect and shade you from the severe effects of the sun's heat & UV rays. They make beautiful additions to your patio, backyard, or other outdoor areas. Shade Sails is the perfect alternative to a traditional pergola, umbrella or covered porch. Floating and curvaceous, they make an attractive addition to any property, and with the right design, they can enhance the appeal of outdoor entertaining areas.
A sail can be mounted to your home, large trees, patio/deck columns, or they can be flown from wood posts or steel columns embedded in concrete footings. These temporary tension structures can also be easily taken down seasonally if needed. They have easily proven to withstand wind gusts of up to 85mph.
They are the latest trend in sun protection. Perk up your courtyard, gardens, children's play areas, car spaces, and even entryways.
The perimeter of each sail is designed with a pleasing curve inwards toward the center of the sail to control the fabric tension. Shade sails have reinforced webbing around the edges and marine stainless steel Delta or D-Rings at each corner. When properly tensioned, this curve or gore helps eliminate fabric wrinkles, sagging and even flapping in even the heaviest of winds.
UV inhibitors enable these state-of-the-art fabrics to block the sun's harmful UV rays, yet remain totally unaffected by moisture and natural temperature extremes. Both ultraviolet and infrared energy are invisible to the human eye, and are both capable of damaging the skin. Infrared (IR) is heat energy, so an excess of heat energy will damage (burn) the skin. IR has a longer wavelength, however, so it won't penetrate the skin deeply. UV energy, because of its shorter wavelength, has the capability of penetrating more deeply into the skin, and in doing so damages deeper layers of skin cells. UV light is dangerous because it can mutate DNA. Mutations in DNA can lead to cancer.