What To Consider When Installing Shade Sails

Installing shade sails to your home or business can make all the difference to your environment and how much you enjoy being in it. The sails provide shelter from the sun’s harmful UV rays, other weather conditions and the heat. However, there are some factors to consider when installing shade sails. Here at Shade Sails Online, we are experts in creating custom shade sails to fit your requirements, so have put together a quick guide on things you should consider when looking to install them. Let’s take a closer look:

Shade Sail Size and Location

Adding shade sails to your outdoor space can make all the difference but it is important that you consider carefully where you would like the shade sail to be located. Shade Sails have many benefits, but the key ones are to protect from UV rays and regulate temperature. Therefore, consider where in your garden you would spend the most time, in order to get the most out of your investment. When thinking about how big an area you want the shade sail to cover, think about the direction of the sun above you, and where it hits your garden during the times you would utilize it the most.

Where To Mount The Shade Sail

Once you have decided the size and shape of shade sail that you want, it is important to consider where you are going to place the mounting posts. Some mounting posts occur naturally in your outdoor space, for example, large trees  but others will need to be added to your space. The placement of these mounting posts is important as they need to positioned  to ensure the shade sail  provides adequate sun protection  across the area you want to cover.

Building Regulations

It is important to check with your local authority if you require permission or a specific permit to install shade sales at your property or business. Some areas have building regulations on shade sails, meaning that you may need to complete application paperwork.

The Height Of Your Shade Sale

Before you install your shade sail it is important to look at how high you would like the shade sail to sit. It is important to remember to allow enough fall to allow the water and any debris to  runoff. We suggest aiming at 1 in 5 fall.

Ensuring Proper Installation

The most important thing when it comes to shade sails is that they are properly installed in the first place.This include both the sahade sail and fixing points. If there is any question/doubt re the structural integrity of a pre-existing / planned new fixing point a local Structural Engineer or Building Contractor/Inspector should be contacted before continuing.

Regular Inspection

To ensure that your shade sails stay in excellent condition, it is important that you inspect them regularly. Shade sails may need to be maintained over time to look and perform at their best. It is important to check that they are still secured tightly, and if dirty they will also need to be cleaned to stay in good condition. The best way to clean your shade sails is with a mix of mild detergent and water. This can be applied to the shade sails using a soft scrubbing brush.

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