Shade Sails are made using a high-density, UV-resistant polyethylene knit fabric that is specially manufactured with tensioned fabric structures in mind. The knit is made using monofilament and tape filler. The fabric is treated with UV stabilizers to give it long life in the direct sunlight. Depending on color, the average shade rating is approximately 90% with 95 % UVR block.

Made to fit, our Shade Sails can be formatted to any outdoor arena such as schoolyards, child care centers, community centers, outdoor sporting venues or any commercial application where shade is desired.


There is no limit to the size and types of structures that ShadeMakers can create. We can help you design and build the perfect structure for your application.
The Sky Is the Limit!

Custom and commercial shades are manufactured with a stainless steel cable double locked stitched into the entire perimeter. When this cable is terminated and tightened, there is equal tension spread across the entire membrane. Each corner has a D-ring which is used to fasten the sail by either a shackle or turnbuckle to a hard point either on a post or existing structure. Each corner is further reinforced with extra layers of cloth and strapping to distribute forces. All stitching is performed using a locking stitch with Tenara thread. The stainless cable and rings, and attachment hardware are engineered for each application.


The perimeter of each sail has a catenary curve designed into it that controls the fabric tension in the center of the sail. Therefore, when tension is placed on the perimeter cable, the fabric will have uniform tension. They do not sag or flap in the wind.
Attachment hardware is all marine grade stainless steel and has locking mechanisms to assure that sails do not detach or come loose accidentally. Generally, one turnbuckle is used per sail, and the remaining corners are attached using "D" or "Twist" shackles of the appropriate size for the expected corner loading.

Sails can be attached to existing structures with a variety of common or custom made brackets and hardware. They can also be supported by their own columns made of either timber or steel pipe. We prefer to use schedule 40 galvanized steel pipe embedded in concrete footings. The dimensions of the pipe and the footings are engineered for each sail and its application depending on the size of the sail and the expected wind loading. The columns can then be powder coated or painted to help protect them and provide the desired color. If timber posts are used, then we generally use temporary power poles with a preservative added to the wood.

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