What is a Shade Sail?

In a nutshell A piece of material suspended between fixed points offering shelter from the elements.

A Little More Detail Shade Sails are made from strong, shade cloth -which is a fabric (usually a mix of High Density Polyethylene with a filler thread or tape), which has a stainless-steel cable sewn into the edge. They are suspended between posts or roof/wall fixings and offer shade coverage. Designs are based on ‘sails’ from ships, and come in almost any shape but are normally available as triangles or variations of rectangles/squares.

Ancient History
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were the first to use large pieces of fabric to provide 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 brgeoned with people using different shade cloth fabrics and installation techniques.

Although the original concept of a shade sail is simple, the differences in design, components and manufacturing processes can largely affect your resulting product.

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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