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Choosing the Right Shade Color for You

Taylor Bailey

Choosing the Right Shade Color for You

If you're in the process of purchasing a shade membrane, but you're finding it difficult to settle on a color, the following tips may help you to narrow down your options. All of our fabric colors do a great job providing shade and blocking ultraviolet radiation, as is evident in the data* below: In that regard, shade sail color choice often comes down to the look you want. Often, customers aim to match colors in the environment around their shade sail. Sometimes that means the color of structures around the sail, like this blue and green playground, or the sails...

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UVR Protection and Breathable Fabric

Taylor Bailey

UVR Protection and Breathable Fabric

Anyone who’s spent a few minutes in an idle car in the summer knows that shade alone isn’t enough to cool an area. Even if the sun isn’t shining directly into the car, the heat still gets trapped inside and it can become considerably hotter than it is outside. The same thing can happen if you don’t choose the right shade material. You need good air flow for a cool environment. Warm air rises, but if it is trapped by a material that is not breathable, it is forced to linger. Our shade fabric is knit in a fashion that...

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Shade Panels and Metal Dinosaurs at Desert Horizon Nursery

Taylor Bailey

Shade Panels and Metal Dinosaurs at Desert Horizon Nursery

The versatility of shade panels is manifested not only in their various sizes, but also in their applications. Many are suspended horizontally over areas that need to be kept cool and out of direct sunlight, like above a deck, or on top of a batting cage. Still others are hung vertically, to block out late sun, or to create a barrier between two areas. At Desert Horizon Nursery in Queen Creek, AZ, they utilized custom panels along the perimeter fence line to both divide the nursery from its neighbors and to separate the customer area from further working areas beyond. Desert...

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FAQ: How does the 4:1 Mechanical Advantage of Pulleys Work?

Taylor Bailey

FAQ: How does the 4:1 Mechanical Advantage of Pulleys Work?

Pulleys are fantastic. We love using them for installing shade sails, because they make tensioning so easy! Our pulleys have a 4:1 mechanical advantage, which means that you only have to pull with 1/4 of the force you need to use to tension the sail. For example, to apply 400 lbs to the sail, you'll only need to pull with a force of 100 lbs. Is it magic? Not quite... Warning: This article contains algebra and trace amounts of trigonometry. Proceed with caution. Newton's First Law of Motion In order for a body to be stationary, the net, or total...

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Don't Forget to Check the Spacing Guide!

Taylor Bailey

Don't Forget to Check the Spacing Guide!

All of the names of our shade sails are based off of their relaxed dimensions. For example, the SS-18 is a square shade sail with side lengths of 18', the TS-1217 is a triangular shade sail with two 12' sides and one 17' side, and the RS-916 is a rectangular shade sail with two 9' sides and two 16' sides. It's incredibly important to remember that these dimensions are the sizes of the relaxed sail. If you buy an SS-18, don't expect to attach it to poles that are 18' apart. On turnbuckles, your poles will actually need to 19' 10.5" apart! Hardware...

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