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Car Parking Shade: An Elegant Alternative To Carports

Every car needs a home of its own. An architecturally designed sail shade can be an elegant alternative to the traditional garage or carport.

Mulders, a long established Malvern based manufacturer of sail shades, has developed a new innovative free standing shade sail structure for carports. This new design called ''Eclipse’’ has the traditional streamlined look of a sail shade but is specifically designed for carports. These shade structures can be very effective when trying to reduce the sun’s harsh effect on car paintwork and interiors. Often used in outside entertaining areas, these tension membranes are becoming increasingly regarded as a graceful modern extension to the home.

Key to the new Eclipse design is using two fixing posts instead of four. This halving in number means less risk of your car hitting supporting poles plus maximum use of the shade area. A central cross-piece supporting structure is then fixed on just two opposite corners of the sail. The sail ‘floats’ over nearby walls and corners making it easy to position


The stand alone design means the carport can be located near the house or down the end of a driveway. There also mow no need to use a weight bearing fixing on a roof or external wall, placing no stress on existing structures. The shade is straightforward to dismantle and re-install for easy re-location when moving house.

The overall appearance is of a lightweight stylish sail structure which gives a high level of shade where it is needed.

A variety of designs are available using rectangular or square configurations. The space efficient two pole design means that the larger version can be used as a double carport. The overall structure is made from hot dipped galvanised steel which is very resistant to rain, salt corrosion and rust. Eclipse is also engineer certified.

The sails themselves can be made in a choice of high quality shade cloths, architectural grade polyester mesh and solid PVC’s. These materials withstand wind, sun and rain. UV ray resistant materials provide superb protection from the damaging rays of the sun.

Mulder’s onsite factory supports a rapid quote and supply process, recognising the urgency of most building and DIY projects. The company has made shade and shelter products since the 1930’s and is recognised widely in the industry for it’s expertise in shade sail design and fabrication.

The Eclipse and a full range of sail shades can be seen in their Malvern Melbourne Showrooms or on-line at

Issued August 2009.
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