Shade sails, like those available at A & B Canvas Australia, are coverings that are ideal for patios, decks and saunas, turning any outdoor area into a place where you can entertain, barbecue and enjoy a respite from the blazing sun. But if you are buying a shade sail for the first time, there are some important things for you to consider before making a selection. Here's what you need to know.
Wind Resistance -- Shade sails are available with different levels of wind resistance, which is something you must think about before you make your purchase. If you live in an area where wind is a constant problem, you may want to buy a shade sail that is rated for a higher wind resistance. In addition to providing shade from UV rays and glare, shade sails are designed to minimise wind shear, but some do the job better than others. The average shade sail sold for home use is built to hold up to wind that blows at 90 kph, but if you are expecting wind that is stronger than this, you may want to remove the shade sail until the weather improves.
Water Resistant -- When you are investing in a shade sail, one of the things you must consider is the level of water resistance you want in the sail. Most shade sails are porous and will not repel water or keep it from leaking through shade material. If you want a water resistant shade sail, you will have to buy one that is lined with PVC material, which provides a layer of water resistant material. A water resistant shade sail may be a huge consideration if you are putting up a commercial shade sail at a business such as a cafe or restaurant where you want patrons to be able to sit outdoors even in a drizzle. However, if you choose not to buy a water resistant shade sail, it's best to take down your sail during periods of wet weather for protection.
UV Ray Protection -- Another consideration with a shade sail is the amount of ultraviolet ray protection it offers. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to UV rays is harmful to the skin and can lead to skin lesions, skin disease and skin cancer. Every shade sail your buy has a UV rating, which is designated as a percentage. For example, a shade sail with a 90 UV rating means that the sail will block out 90 percent of UV rays. Shade sails are made from polyethylene, a material that helps absorb and block UV rays. No shade sail has a 100 UV rating, but the higher you go in the 90s, the more protection you will get. If you are ordering online, the UV rating is typically listed in the shade sail specs, or you can call customer service to find out the rating. If you are buying retail, ask the salesperson to show you the rating.