Important Tips for Choosing a Shade Sail for Your Property

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If you need a shade sail for your residential outdoor space, or for a school, to cover an outdoor lunch area for your office, or for any other reason, you want to take your time to shop around the different styles, sizes, and other such features. This will ensure you choose shade sails that work as expected, and that you'll be happy with for years to come. Note a few important tips for choosing a shade sail for your property, and this will help you to narrow down those choices.


Before you choose the size of the shade sail you want, first determine the height at which it will be installed. This is important, as the higher the installation, the less coverage and more exposure under that sail. In turn, you may want a larger sail if it will be installed at a taller height, but a smaller sail for one installed at a lower height.

What is going to be stored under the sail, or the standard activity under the sail, will also affect the height at which it will be installed. As an example, if you want a shade sail for your residential patio, consider any heat that is produced by a grill; a shade sail that's installed too low will trap that heat and smoke, and make the space uncomfortable. A sail placed at a taller height will allow the heat to escape, and allow for more fresh air circulation. On the other hand, if you want a sail that will protect sporting goods, your motorcycle, and other such items from the elements, it should be installed much lower and at an angle, for maximum protection.

Shape and size

If you want maximum shade under the sail, you might opt for a large square or rectangle, to cover a larger area under the sail. However, note the resultant shadows of a sail, especially if you're thinking of getting a large one installed. A long shadow can mean more shade than you realize, covering plants and areas of a lawn that need lots of sunshine. This can also mean a space that is actually too cool for comfort. A triangular shade sail will leave some space open, and can be better worked around landscaping features, seating areas that you do want to keep in the sunshine, an outdoor grill, and other pieces. This can be a better option than a large square or rectangular sail that may actually mean too much shade outdoors.