Shade Sails and Awnings

COVERING THE BASICS – Shade Sails & Awnings



No matter who you are or where you live, it’s always important to protect yourself and your possessions from both the harmful UV rays of the sun, strong wind and heavy rain. Never is this more true than when making use of an awning, or if sizing permits, a shade sail. Whether you’re hosting an event such as an office party, wedding, 21st or more, shade sails offer plentiful cover – and as the name suggests, shade – allowing you and your guests a chance to cool off, enjoy shelter from the wind, and stay dry day or night.

These beautiful and impressive structures are the result of an intricate planning and using economical yet quality material and design. Depending on your budget and needs you can also invest in a shade sail which is able to retract and extend as needed. This can be achieved through an electronic or manual mechanism. Shade sails – and awnings – offer an elegant solution, and can be customised depending on your requirements and taste. We have the perfect Shade sail suppliers or Awning suppliers to suit your needs!

In this short article, we will take a quick look at some aspects of sun shades, awnings, umbrellas, and other shade structures to suit any need or preference.

Awnings Maintenance & Repairs

Are you at a loss as to what an awning is? As presented by Wikipedia, an “awning or overhang is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building. It is typically composed of canvas woven of acrylic, cotton or polyester yarn, or vinyl laminated to polyester fabric that is stretched tightly over a light structure of aluminium, iron or steel, possibly wood or transparent material (used to cover solar thermal panels in the summer, but that must allow as much light as possible in the winter)”.   Because of its use, awnings do take damage and are exposed to wear and tear risks. It is advisable to consult a contractor of your choice to inspect, and if needed, repair your awning less additional damage occurs.

Custom Design Awnings

As mentioned in our introduction, awnings are often based on requirements. While there are, of course, standard shapes, sizes and aesthetic designs, it is often a great option to look into solving your exact need. While this might cost slightly more at first, it will save costs in the long run, and potentially ensure that your awning requires less repair as it is better suited – and will encounter less wear and tear – if it is a perfect fit.   Note however that planning, designing and creating a customised awning requires a relatively high understanding and experience. As such, it is advisable to contact and make use of qualified contractors.

Design & Install Shade Sails

As is the same with custom designed awnings, shade sails can be tweaked or built from scratch to perfectly suit your home or office space. Depending on your budget, there are a myriad of options to choose from, including those with all the bells and whistles one could want. Specialised contractors are able to offer:

  • Slick, modern designs
  • Several colours and patterns, from vivid to neutral, humble to intricate
  • High UV protection and shade factor
  • Wind-proof, quiet, low maintenance
  • Stylish fittings
  • Waterproof fabric available
  • Electronic systems to automate your shade sail

We suggest always making use of a referred contractor who has experience in designing and installing shade sails, as this should be a lasting feature on the property and as such requires quality and skill.

Design & Install Umbrellas

Gone are the days of the humble umbrella. Now, in modern home and offices, one can encounter beautifully designed and customised umbrellas offering consistently sturdy protection against the elements. If you require a large umbrella for your home or workspace, a contractor should be your go-to option. Specialised, equipped and trained, he or she should be able to advise, construct, and importantly, install your newly built umbrella to your satisfaction. Remember, your aesthetic design options are up to you. Depending on your budget, you will be able to enjoy custom shapes, sizes, colours and even patterns and fabrics.

New Awning Installation

Whether it’s replacing or an entirely new installation, it is always advisable to seek out the assistance of a contractor who will be able to help with awnings, be they in a residential or business environment. From small awnings outside a local store to expansive ones which cover a great deal of space (including large patios, balconies or even car parks), it is vital to make sure the job is done well the first time around.   If you are buying a new, out-of-the-box umbrella or one which has been designed to your specific needs, there will be a trusted and referred contractor who will be able to see through the installation process, and oversee the job to ensure that your umbrella, including its structural integrity, aesthetics and more, do not suffer any form of damage.

The Next Steps

Now that you have a general understanding of awnings, shade sails, umbrellas and then option of customising and installing, it’s time to chat to your preferred contractor. Get in touch, ask as many questions as needed, and be sure to have him or her around to inspect the area. Once they have done so they will be able to offer a clear idea of what needs to be done as well as the costs, timing, manpower, materials and other factors which are likely to influence the construction and installation.   While these building features might seem imposing to the layman, it should be remembered that there are fully trained and experienced teams who specialise in this very job. Go on, get outside and enjoy the day – we hear the weather is great!

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