Shade Sails. Good design costs you no more
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Benefits of Shade Sails
What are Shade Sails?
Shade Sails differ from structures in that a sail is a much more “free form” unit. Sails come in many shapes and sizes, although they will usually be square, triangular, rectangular or hexagonal and thus the planning for a sail requires design expertise. Sails can be attached to posts, or to buildings (with engineering guidance) or to a combination of both. As there is no “ roof” support in a sail it is often the case that posts or attachment fittings will be of heavier construction than for a structure.
Shade sail Support Tension
The shape of the sail is supported by tension (see Catenary Curves) that the Sail is under and by reinforcing on the edge of the cloth. That re-enforcing can be via cable or seatbelt webbing or some other suitable, non-stretch and strong material. Where possible Sails should be installed with a “ twist”. With four sided sails this is achieved by using for example two high posts and two low posts (Hypar Sail). With each matching post diagonally opposite the other, the Sail will twist and thus will not sag or hold water. Sometimes the sail will be installed so that it slopes (Monoslope Sail) and this achieves the same effect.
There are four key factors in the design of sails: