Square And Triangular Sunsails

Finding an attractive outside shading solution for your garden or outdoor area can be difficult. Awnings and parasols often look awkward, unattractive, and old fashioned. Fortunately, shade sails are a new shade solution that can create beautifully striking shapes. The dynamic forms of square or triangular shade sails offer both protection from the sun and a pleasing aesthetic design.

So what are shade sails?

Shade sails are made from a flexible membrane which is stretched out to provide a shade giving canvas. Each corner of the shape is fixed to a separate anchor point. When the material is pulled taught this creates an attractive sculptural form.

Choosing and positioning shade sails

As a result of the unique structure of the shade sails, many people are unsure of how to position them and which shape to choose. To make the most of your sail there are several key design decisions you should make:

Choosing the right shade sail shape

Square, rectangular and triangular sail shades are the most common shapes, and each can be used to create a different effect. A triangular sail will create an unusual and beautifully dynamic shape. Different dimension of triangle produce different looks. A square sun sail can be a more practical choice if you are trying to cover a block area and with the right placement of anchor points it can be equally striking.

Positioning multiple sails

Having overlapping sails is a brilliant way to generate a sculptural effect. You could arrange multiple versions of the same shape or use square shade sails and triangle shade sails together. For the best look consider many different arrangements, heights, and combinations to find which works best in your space.

It is good to think practically as well as aesthetically when choosing your layout. Consider the area you want shaded and think of possible arrangements that will deal with this. If you wish to block out all light completely, then overlap the sails. If you want to see shafts of light traveling through the shades, then leave a gap. Bear in mind that if you leave a gap for light this will also create a gap for rain.

Using staggered anchor points

Having anchor points at different heights creates a dynamic visual effect for your sail. The slope of the shade sail significantly affects its appearance. If you choose to have a big difference in corner heights, you can create a dramatic shape. If you opt for a gentler slope, you get a much more delicate look. The slope shape you go for should complement the whole of your outside area.

A sloping design has the added benefit of helping to stop water or leaves collecting and causing damage, as they do on other styles of awning. It is important to think about where you are positioning the lowest edge of the sail. Make sure it is away from any seating or heavily used area, as this is where water is most likely to run off.

Finding the color to go with your choice of shape

Selecting the color for your sail is an important decision. White triangular shade sails look picturesque against a blue sky. If you want your shade to be less conspicuous, toned down green or grey square shades work well. On a bright sunny patio, sandy tones sails of any shape go perfectly. Bright colors can look very fun but be sure that they do not overpower your garden or outdoor area.

The sail material

The material that the shades are made from has been specially designed to cope well in a demanding outdoor environment. It is constructed to easily withstand high levels of UV light without taking damage. They are usually made from high density, UV stabilized, double stitched polyethene. The best sails come with a several year UV warrantee to guarantee their quality. The sails also block out up to 90% of UV rays, keeping you completely protected while you enjoy the shade.

Choosing between a square and triangular shade sails is a key decision. The size you want and the way they are positioned is also important. However, the perfect sail shade for you will depend on what suits your garden, your home, your budget and of course your sense of style.

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