Shade Sails: Sail away!

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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.

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May 11, 2014 5:53 AM CST
Aside from a fixed canopy next to our dying above ground pool, we completely abandon our south and west-facing deck from late June to Sept. even in our northern Connecticut location. Several years ago we purchased an inexpensive windsail off the shelf at IKEA and loved it as long as it lasted. Unfortunately it was not sturdy and it's shape did not match the setting. But we recognized it's potential and are looking to replace it. It did make a difference, and, the rustle of the sail and rattle of the fittings in a breeze transported us to the deck of a sailing vessel. We are now exploring purchasing agricultural shade cloth to fabricate our own sail, as well as exterior Roman shades for south-facing windows. Various grades of this are available from Growers Supply and FarmTek.

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