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Sun Shades No Longer In The Shade

Jan 15, 2008
As the weather draws in for another freezing winter many of us will be longing for the long warm summer evenings where you can sit outside without having to wear a heavy jacket, thick scarf and woolly hat.

Fortunately the good weather will be here sooner than you think and it is worth thinking about how to make the most of your outside. With the advent of the smoking ban public buildings are becoming more accommodating with their outside spaces. Many utilise gazebos, patio heaters and more recently there has been an increase in the number of people employing sail shades.

Sail shades are a stylish new type of sun shade that will provide protection from the sun in a wide range of situations. They are large canvas (or equivalent materials) pieces of cloth that are stretched between fixed points to provide shade for an outside area. This type of shade is fixed permanently to permanent, fixed, solid structures such as walls, posts and poles. The cloth is then stretched between the permanent points to provide shade. The way in which the sail cloth is stretched can provide a variety of different looks.

The shades are reminiscent of a sail that has been strung up to provide shade hence the name. Because they can be put up anywhere that has a number of solid structures that they can be connected to they come in an enormous variety of shapes and sizes. Often the companies that sell sail shades will bespoke a design to meet the size shape and colour requests that you make. This ensures that the sail you have in the end is exactly to your requirements. Because the sail can be attached to most different types of permanent structures it can be attached at many different angles. The highest point can be pegged a good deal higher that the lowest point. This can provide an extremely distinctive design.

The cover that sail shades provide delivers cover from the sun but are not typically designed to cope with strong weather conditions. They are generally designed and fitted to have a strong resistance to powerful winds but are not designed to offer protection from rain or snow. This is because the fabrics that are used are generally thinner. The benefit of this is that the fabrics are as a result lighter and can as a result be attached in a greater number of places. Although they are not designed to provide cover for wind and snow in reality they do provide some protection from the elements but should not be relied upon.

Sail shades can be erected by yourself or by the company that sell your shade. DIY shades are sold with fitting connectors and instructions for fitting. The cloth for the DIY shade is sold in a number of pre-ordained shapes and sizes meaning they can be dispatched quickly and bought off the rack. Triangle and square shade sails are the most prevalent shapes for home purchase. They also come in a variety of colours to suit your outside space.

Commercial shade sails are often bespoke and are designed specifically to meet the requirements of the space you want to cover. These have been particularly effective in places like high streets, parks, schools, community centres and sporting venues. The company that put your sail up are likely to be able to make the sails accessible so that they can be taken down to clean them.
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Shaun Parker is an expert on sun shades. He uses his expertise to help those looking for grden shade cover.
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