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The first in a series of four videos, Brydon covers the most common questions people have when considering to buy a shade sail. Topics include the benefits of a four-point sail, why it’s important to get the right hardware and why you should consider corner durability and fabric type when considering which shade sail to buy. We’ll also look at the difference between our Bluenose and Premium lines and talk about the added benefits of custom shade sails.

In the second of our 4-part FAQs series, Brydon covers the common questions one might consider once you have purchased your shade sail. Topics include how much should I slope my shade sail, wind and rain considerations, post heights, materials, footings and finishes as well as what to consider when trying to fly a shade sail on a deck or balcony and what post hardware you need to consider.

The third in our four-part FAQs series, Brydon goes over common questions one might have once you have received your Shade Sail and hardware. Brydon covers what you’ll receive in your hardware kit and how to install it, how to install your cable and fasten it with cable clamps, how your custom shade sail will arrive and tips on how to tension your shade sail to ensure it lasts a life time.

The last in our FAQs series, Brydon covers the common questions you may have about how to take care of your Shade Sail to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Brydon covers topics including how to clean and store your shade sail for winter, checking a Shade Sail after a storm, how to lubricate your turnbuckles and look after your hardware and Shade Sails warranty information.

When will I receive my Sail?

It depends on which style of sail you order. If you order one of our ‘Bluenose’ Sails, we will ship it within two days. Our Nor’Wester Premium Sails are hand made right here in Revelstoke, BC. We aim to have these to you within two weeks, but during the summer months please allow for 10 working days for manufacturing, and we will ship as soon as it is completed.

Are the sails waterproof?

Shade sails are not waterproof however most of the water runs off if flown tight enough and sloped enough.

Do sails come down in winter?

Yes, sails are not rated for snow loading and must come down in snow load areas.

How high should my sail attachment and posts be?

There is no hard rule on this.. What is practical for your space? In most cases your average person must be able to walk under the sail, so we suggest a min in of 6 feet for your average person.. If have a corner where no one will ever walk and you want the water to run there go as low as you want, to ground even…

How much should I slope my sail?

We suggest a lot, minimum 30% between points. You can go more to; it gives you a great look and also allows for run off. E.g. for 20 ft sail you could go 4 to five feet in difference between posts.

How tight should my sail be?

We say tighten until you think it is tight then tighten some more! The sail should have no sag or droop and you should pretty much be able to hang off it or even sit on it (do not do this, this is just for description purposes!). Sail tension is key and paramount for safety, longevity and water run off. Use your turnbuckles for final fine-tuning tensioning. Please see our videos.

Is heavy rain a concern?

Sail slope is key, heavy rain or high winds are not an issue if the sail has significant slope and is tight, very tight.

Pre-cut or custom sails?

Many try to use pre-cut sails for cost savings but in some cases the use of two or more pre-cut sails requires more posts which are much more costly then sails. If your goal is coverage then in many cases you are better to pay more for a custom sail to fit the area exactly, then try to make pre-cuts work. In many cases this gives you a better look, a better fit and can be cheaper. E.g. one four-point sail can look better and offer more coverage the multiple triangles.

Triangle or square (four point) sail?

Most that are new to shade sails, love the triangles and believe triangles are the best option, triangles are functional good shade sails however four point sails are very effective visually pleasing as well. Be sure to consider squares for max shade and “twist” them for best visual affect.

UV rating?

UV ratings range from 89.3% to 97.7% depending on the colour. Your colour choice will not noticeably effect the temperature under the sail. Note: the surface you are standing on may reflect the sun more then others so the sail rating does not consider UV coming off the ground surface and bouncing up.

What finish to I put on my steel posts?

You could galvanize your posts, paint or powder coat them. Personal preference.

What is the difference between the Bluenose and the Premium Pre-Cut Sails?

The main difference is the cloth weight.  The Bluenose is 280 gsm (grams per sq meter) and the Premium is 340 gsm. In a nutshell, our premium sails are better quality and stronger. That said, you will still get much the same UV protection from the Bluenose as well as a good life out of the sail. We stand by all of our products so the quality is still there, however, the cloth is just lighter. Good for small residential Sails. Pre-Cut Sails are not recommended for commercial applications.

What posts and footings do I require to fly my Shade Sail?

We recommend a minimum of 6×6″ timber post or 5.5″ outside diameter Steel post with a 1/4″ wall.  Your posts should have a footing of a minimum 18″ x 4′ down with concrete (in compact, non-virgin soil). It should be noted this sizing recommendation will accommodate most of our pre-cut Sails. When considering larger Sails, you should consult with us or a local engineer to determine your needs.

Do we make Custom size Sails?

Yes we do, we can custom cut a Sail to fit your needs. Please see our Custom Order form in the Shop section of the website where it outlines the next steps to take in acquiring shade bliss.