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|How To Measure Up and Install A DIY Shade Sail|
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Installing a simple shade sail can make your deck or backyard sun smart. A smart DIY approach can save a lot of money by avoiding specialist installation costs. It takes a matter of weeks to install a sail shade and create an inviting, cool outdoor space.
A shade sail supported
by posts is essentially a small construction project. Holes need to
be measured and dug, posts sourced and concreted in. Multiple site visits
are also needed to secure accurate measurements throughout the project.
All of this comes at a cost.
We at Mulder’s
suggest four main points to getting the initial DIY plan correct.
Sails that are not properly tensioned end up holding water, hanging limp and becoming unstable in heavy winds. Sails work best when they are under enough tension to give curvature, are not on a level plane and are 'twisted' for stability
Finally ensure that any proposed fixing points are strong enough to bear the stresses of a sail under strong wind conditions. Proposed fixing points like walls or roofs are sometimes too weak to withstand the load of a sail under wind pressure. If unsure consult a local engineer.
Once the overall
dimensions are finalized, the sail cloth area and the number of fixing
devices needed to pull the sail into tension can be costed.
More recently shades
have been recognised as a light and airy almost
Shade sails have been a common part of the Australian backyard landscape for many years. The harsh climate has driven much innovation in shade design.
Mulders is a prominent
member of the industry body for Canvas products
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