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Shade Sail Structures and Point Attachments

A Shade Sail structure is not only innovative and aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and versatile while providing sun protection.

Shade_Sail.jpgWhen you hear the term “shade sail” you probably think of things like boats and marine products. But in actuality, a shade sail is far from that; it’s a shade structure that is not only innovative and aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and versatile.

Basically a shade sail is a structure that uses a specialty fabric anchored between different points using tension on a frame. These sails are set up in areas like playgrounds where awnings may not be feasible to use. Shade sails provide protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The shade sail is based on the basic technology used in making a boat’s sail, thus its name.

Here are some basic facts about shade sails:

  • They vary in shape and size.
  • They use a piece of specialty fabric that is tensioned by way of a stainless steel turnbuckle or pulley system fixed at each corner of the sail.
  • They can be taken down.
  • They are similar to awnings in that they provide shade but they are not fixed to any building or structure. Shade sails are structures that stand alone.

The types of fabric used in making shade sails are very similar if not the same as those used to make awnings. Specialty fabrics used in shade sails and awnings are made specifically to withstand the elements. In fact, Herculite Inc. offers a line of specialty fabrics that can be used in awnings as well as in shade sails.

Herculite’s awning fabrics provide extra outdoor living space while protecting interior furnishings from fading and ultra violet damage from the sun. The canvas-like awning material reduces energy costs and offers superior sun protection.

Vinyl awning fabrics are waterproof and the fabric stays tight on the frame, which is a must for shade sails. All of Herculite’s awning fabrics employ unique film formulations, adhesive systems and the company’s Core Stabilized Process to ensure maximum performance.

And remember, Herculite’s awning fabrics are also waterproof and resistant to fire, age, dirt, mildew, and scratches. Visit for more information about these specialty fabrics and how you can use them in your next awning or shade sail project.

Now that you know what a shade sail is, let us know how we can help you with your next project. For more information about Herculite’s specialty fabrics visit us at Or feel free to call us if you would like more information about our products and services at 800-772-0036.

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