Shade Sails: Very nice tip!

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 2122, Replies: 25 » Jump to the end
Shade Sails

By Cocobid
May 4, 2014

We rarely see shade sails here in the United States, in contrast to countries like Australia, where their use is quite common. We stumbled upon them totally by accident and necessity about 9 years ago. After a nasty storm that tore our large awning off the western side of the patio, we needed a new form of sun protection fast. We installed these only as a temporary solution, but found that they would always be a permanent installation at our home.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
May 3, 2014 6:15 PM CST
I wish I had known about these 6 years ago when we moved into this house there was nothing but blistering hot sun all summer and we could not sit on our side porch, and a six foot privacy fence held in humidity and blocked any breeze. I hated it! LOL.
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
May 3, 2014 6:29 PM CST
How do you keep the wind from ripping them from their anchors? We have tried several shade systems only to watch them get ripped out by the winds.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
May 3, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Love this idea!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
Image
greene
May 3, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Yes, good idea. I had recently removed a tree which was providing shade and am using the sails now. (Mine are only DIY out of reclaimed shade cloth and nowhere near as nice as yours, but they work just the same.)
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Image
pod
May 3, 2014 7:56 PM CST
Nice! And great timing. I had a tree removed and then, took up the patio bricks which had been damaged by the tree roots. This was my plan once I relayed the brick patio. Thanks much, it is nice to see it in action Lovey dubby .

Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
chelle
May 3, 2014 8:12 PM CST
Great idea and perfect timing, too. I've been tossing around ideas and trying to choose a replacement tree, but I'm not altogether sure that's what I want anymore. The shade sails sound like a good alternative.

Did you get the ones with channels for even stress distribution? Mine would be directly in the path of our fiercest winds...they pick up momentum crossing the lake, then slam into that corner of the house.
Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
Image
extranjera
May 3, 2014 9:00 PM CST
I just put one of these up over part of my roof garden for some sun protection. It is doing fine and we've had some pretty strong winds this last week as well as one day of heavy rain. The tomatoes under it are looking a lot less stressed as well. It does move in the wind and I hadn't realized that this is a plus not a minus. I'm going to move some other plants under it this week to protect them a bit from the sun. The one I bought is light colored and triangular, it has strong grommets on the 3 corners and it lets a little rain and sunlight through, just not as much.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
May 3, 2014 9:08 PM CST
Hmmm, I wonder if that triangular shape makes them less susceptible to being yanked out by strong winds.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
Image
greene
May 3, 2014 9:21 PM CST
Look at Shazeebo to see one of the strongest shade sails. They use cables and D-rings, not grommets.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
Image
ge1836
May 4, 2014 2:34 AM CST
This is a great article.We have been tossing around a shade idea for a few years.
Our deck isnt flat across the back of the house so a traditional awning system just wouldnt work.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Be a voice - not an echo!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hybridizer Birds Seed Starter Cat Lover
Pollen collector Morning Glories Greenhouse Bookworm Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Image
Xeramtheum
May 4, 2014 6:15 AM CST
Great article! Definitely looking into this.
"We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us."

Unknown

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
May 4, 2014 9:09 AM CST
I got two from IKEA a few years ago and they had a spring like attachment to take some of the stress off. We built a pergola there now so don't need them anymore but they were very useful and not expensive.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
May 4, 2014 9:26 AM CST
Does anyone know if they can be installed vertically to hide my neighbor's red canoe, kayak and huge boat?
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
Image
greene
May 4, 2014 9:46 AM CST
@pirl Rolling on the floor laughing
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
May 4, 2014 9:47 AM CST
You think I'm fooling! I wish I were! Those boats ruin so many photos and hurt my eyes!
Name: Karen
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 7b)
Plays in the sandbox Plumerias Aroids Enjoys or suffers hot summers Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
Cocobid
May 4, 2014 10:59 AM CST
I'm so glad that this article is useful!!!
Ok let's me try to address some questions.
Wind...has never been an issue. Where the SS are located the top peak is roughly 23' ish feet in the air. Nothing blocks our strong N-S winds. We are smack dab in tornado ally & dry lines hover inches to the west of us creating extreme weather. Over the years the same set of SS has taken repeated poundings of 50-60 winds, ice & snow. Never came down!!! We however do release them when we are expecting substantial accumulations.
To use as a privacy screen, sure attach with turnbuckles & create a tension environment.

I started a thread over on BGI, a Brugmansia form. Focused on how our Brugs are responding being grown in full N.Texas sun under SS vs morning sun. I must say the effects are incredible the leaves are a dark rich green compared to a washed out color. To the point a new sail arrived yesterday to extend the SS growing area. As extranjera mentioned they actually create air movement elimateting that "dead air" effect. If we get small hail plants will be protected.

eBay is where we have purchased all of our sail from. We have NEVER paid over 40$ for one!!! Proper anchoring is the key to a long lived sail you want them to have some tension...that is the idea!!! Rain should almost bounce off of them. When we install here we leave a little slack they a seem to tighten up during our summer. Creating the perfect shade.

Huge Huge Thank You for likes & acorns!!!!
This is my first article here & frankly a rather new member. Fantastic community!!!!

I forgot to add to the original article...we use stainless steel chains & hardware, not what might accompany a SS.


[Last edited by Cocobid - May 4, 2014 1:27 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #605771 (16)
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
May 4, 2014 12:08 PM CST
What a great article! I love the idea and the look of those Shade Sails! Unfortunately where we live now they wouldn't be allowed because of HOA regulations. Thumbs down but in a couple of years when my husband retires we will be moving a bit farther south in the state to be closer to my sister and her husband so I will definitely consider something like this! My first thought too was "But, what about wind?" We sometimes have fierce winds here but if they are easy to release and take down that would be great ... especially if tropical storms or hurricanes are predicted!

Here's the link for Shazeebo that greene was talking about: http://www.shazeebo.com/

And, Cocobid: Welcome! to ATP, we do have a fantastic community here!
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
chelle
May 4, 2014 1:16 PM CST
Thanks so much for the additional info, Karen! Thumbs up
Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Image
eclayne
May 4, 2014 1:18 PM CST

Plants Admin

Great article. The shape of your SS reminds me of my backpacking tarps, squarish with curved sides, which do shed wind very well.
Evan
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
Image
extranjera
May 4, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Here are a couple pics of the shade sail we put up. I bought it at Costco and will probably take it down at the end of the summer. I mostly wanted to save my tomato plants from the heavy rains and full summer sun.

Thumb of 2014-05-04/extranjera/df4002 Thumb of 2014-05-04/extranjera/ddedb1 Thumb of 2014-05-04/extranjera/f6fe3e

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Shade Sails
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Agave"