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FAQ: Which Shade Product Should I Use?

Taylor Bailey FAQ Infographics

shade lineup

You've got a space that you want to shade. You know that much. But what should you shade it with? A shade sail? Panel? Roman? What's the difference?? Each of our shade products has a unique application in which it excels above the others. You need to find out what will work best in your space, so you can truly take advantage of Tenshon shade! 

Shade Sails

Our first suspect is the head turner and double taker of shade membranes. With their hyperbolic twists and often thousands of pounds of tension, shade sails stand rigid in the air, suspended between anchor points at each corner. They command attention in displays of modern aesthetics that make standard park shelters look like lean-tos. They are designed with curved sides and perimeter wire rope that helps spread the load from the corner connections to the perimeter and center of the sail. Each corner is attached to a fixed point using tensioning hardware such as turnbuckles, pulleys, or commercial brackets.

You should use a shade sail if you have space to install (or have already installed) a number of steel posts or other similar attachment points, and like the look of the extremely taut fabric membrane. We have several standard sizes of shade sails and structure kits, or you can go for a custom option by contacting one of our project managers.

Sailor's Return

Shade Panels

Next in the line-up are shade panels. These are our no-nonsense, what-you-see-is-what-you-get membranes. They have four straight sides, with a perimeter webbing sewn in that reenforces the sides and restricts stretching. Due to that minimal stretch in the fabric, grommets are sewn in along the sides as well as the corners for use in attaching to existing structures at many points. Panels can be lashed, screwed, or linked in whatever creative ways you can imagine to structures such as frames and chainlink fences. 

Consider using panels for such applications as baseball dugouts, fences, and pergola rooftops. Panels are most commonly used to provide shade where structures already exist. As a result, most find that they need a custom panel, and again, we can help with that!

Shade Panel

Roman Shades

Can't decide whether you can commit to shade all the time? Go for romans. They create an easily transitional space where you can enjoy the shade on hot afternoons, or let the sun shine through on cooler days. Extend them out flat to minimize movement in the wind or design them to hang down a bit for a more classic look. Roman shades require four connection points, two at each end, but do not produce nearly as much tension as shade sails. The wire rope upon which the shades are hung need only be tight enough to avoid sagging. 

Romans are great for shading the space between two structures, the undersides of pergolas and similar patio structures, as well as larger structures like the rooftop of a Google building in California (pictured below). It's definitely the option for you if you are looking for transitional shade or just love the look! By now, you won't be surprised to find that romans, too, can be customized to fit the space you need. You need only ask.

Google Romans

All of our shade products are made from high density polyethylene shade fabric that is UV stabilized and built to last. If you still don't know just what you need, feel free to give us a call to discuss your individual shade application one on one.

 



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