What is a Shade Sail?

In a nutshell A piece of fabric held up by fixing points to offer shelter from the sun.

A little more detail Shade Sails are made from strong, shade cloth -which is a fabric (ideally a mix of high density polyethylene with a filler thread or tape), that has a stainless-steel wire sewn into the perimeter. Shade Sail’s are suspended between posts or roof/wall hooks and offer protection from the sun. Designs are based on ‘sails’ from ships, and are available in almost any shape but are usually available as triangles or variations of squares/rectangles.

Ancient History
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were the first to use large pieces of fabric to create shade. The Coliseum in Rome was shaded with many large canvas ‘sails’ that were put into place by Roman sailors.

Recent History
The modern Shade Sails were developed to a commercial level in Australia in the 1980s, when experimentation was made with different shade cloth materials and installation techniques.

Although the original concept of a shade sail is simple, the differences in designs, components and manufacturing processes will definitely affect your end result.

If you are looking for a quote on shade sails in brisbane or shade structures in Brisbane, make sure you contact Metroshade. Metroshade has been in the shade sail business for over 19 years.


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