Visit our premium range of shade sail for your house. Our shade sails are high quality, heavy duty material embossed with high fabric, good quality stitch, 95% UV and lasts longer.
Standard colors: Sand, Grey or Black.
Custom made shade sail also available.
What is a shade sail?
|Description||A shade sail is a shade cloth structure designed to provide permanent shade that is attached to steel posts, the dwelling or surrounding structures. If a non-pervious roof covering is to be used, ie. canvas sheeting, please also refer to the Patios information page.|
|Do I need approval?|
Planning Approval (also referred to as Development Approval) is only required when the proposed shade sail varies to the standards of the Residential Design Codes. Should it be required, planning approval must be obtained prior to a building permit being issued.
A Building Permit is required for a proposed shade sail when the structure exceeds 20 sqm.
A building permit is not required for a shade sail that is less than 20 sqm and less than 2.4m in height unless there is already an existing shade sail on the property.
|What do I need to submit?|
Please refer to your council’s DA Checklist – Residential Additions for a complete list of the information required to apply for planning approval.
Please refer to your council’s Pergolas, Shade Sails & Vergolas Information Sheet for a complete list of the information required to apply for a building permit.
If your structure has already been constructed without prior approvals and/or permits, please refer to your Council’s Unauthorised Works page which includes a separate application checklist.
Or we can assist you with the whole process.
Installation Tips for shade sail
Before you start
There are some important factors you need to consider before you get started. Let’s take a look!
- Determining The Correct Fixing PointsOnce you have identified the location for your shade sail(s) it is important to determine the most suitable fixing points for the corners. Some of these fixing points could already exist e.g. pergola/sundeck, large tree, fence post or fascia.
This stage of the installation is critical. You should ensure all fixing points are structurally sound and if unsure, obtain independent advice from a builder or engineer.
- Building ApprovalsPrior to installation, check with local authorities for any relevant building regulations which may exist.
- Selecting Fixing AccessoriesThere is an extensive range of fixing accessories available to help you secure your shade sail(s). These accessories are readily available from your normal hardware supplier.
Rope/chain – to extend your shade sail to a fixing point if required.
Select the fixing accessories which best suit your own installation.
Attaching to Existing Supports
- Attaching To FasciaIf you intend to fix your shade sail to a fascia the use of a Fascia Support is strongly recommended. The Fascia support is used to connect the overhangs of rafters or trusses to fascias ledgers giving a strong connection between the two and improved strength.
- Attaching to treesWe recommend that the fixing of shade sails to trees be for TEMPORARY USE ONLY. The diameter of the tree where the sail will be fixed must be at least 250mm(9.75”).
Attaching to additional supports
- Post SupportsIf additional posts are required, the use of treated softwood (H5 level treatment) is recommended. Hardwood of durability Class 1 can also be used. Your local timber supplier can assist you in selection. Post lengths should be calculated taking into account the proposed height of your sail plus the depth of your footings.
Steel SHS posts are also highly recommended and suitable and we can supply them or you can get them from your supplier. Steel posts can be cut to predetermined lengths and powder coated to a colour matching your shade sail and the environment.
Measure out centres of footing positions and mark as illustrated. Dig holes 400 mm (16”) sq. & 800mm (32”) deep.)
- Firm GroundLay a 100mm (4”) depth of 20mm (3/4”) dia gravel at the base of the post.
- Soft GroundPour a 100mm (4”) depth of concrete at the bottom of the hole to provide a solid pad. Insert the posts and, with string lines, ensure they are in plumb alignment. Temporarily brace the posts.
- ConcretingMix concrete in line with manufacturer’s instructions. These will be labelled clearly on the packet. Your supplier will be able to give you any special advice you may require for your own conditions. Pour concrete to the top of the holes ensuring it is packed well. Ensure the concrete surface is sloping away from the posts to assist water drainage. Allow poles to set in concrete for a minimum of 48 hours. Brace if required.
Connect fixing accessories to mounting points as required. Ensure all connections face towards the middle of the sail and are tightly secured. Check again to ensure all mounting points are solid. Lay your shade sail out and commence the installation.
Using the selected fixing accessories, commence connecting the corners of the shade sail to the fixing points.
Connect all points, using a ratchet tensioning tool if necessary to gain increased leverage. Stop tensioning when the shade sail is rigid with little or no creases. CAUTION: Do not over tension. Re-tension periodically if required.
Your shade sail is designed to provide UV protection and comfort in domestic areas. When selecting the position for your shade sail, ensure all fixing points are structurally sound and fixings are tightly secured. Inspect regularly. Prior to installing, consult your local council regarding building regulations which may apply in your area. Exposure to certain chemicals e.g, Chlorine can lead to the premature breakdown of the fabric. Chemicals to be used on or around the fabric should be referred to the material warranty prior to their use.
Do not have fire or an open flame close to the fabric. Do not use your barbecue under the shade structure.
Your shade sail(s) may be cleaned at any time using a solution of mild detergent and water. Apply the solution with a sponge or a very soft brush. Let the solution stand on the fabric for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water from your garden hose.
DO NOT put the fabric in your washing machine, clothes drier, or scrub it with a stiff brush, scouring pad, or an abrasive cleaner.
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