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Shade Fabric

At Shade Sails Canada, we work with a handful of the highest quality fabrics on the market, each with their own advantages and use cases. There are several important areas to look at when choosing fabric type including, but not limited to, weight (measured in GSM: grams per square meter), UV rating, materials, construction, longevity and cost. Below you’ll find a listing of the main fabric types we use at Shade Sails Canada. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Commercial Grade Light

This lighter commercial-grade fabric comes standard with all of our premium shade sails. Developed by one of the largest and longest running shade fabric companies in the world out of Australia, this fabric strikes the perfect balance between weight, construction and UV protection. Available in 20 colours (out of stock: Brown), we recommend this material for most residential and small-scale commercial applications. This fabric has a specialized-lock stitch knit for more air movement with a stretch of approximately 4%. It’s fade & tear resistant qualities mean your sail will not crack, rot or fray and it comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty against UV degradation as well as being 100% recyclable.
GSM: 340
UVR: 90-98%
Construction: Monofilament & Tape

Commercial Grade Heavy

We use our heavier grade shade fabrics on most of our large-scale commercial projects, however, they can also be used in a residential setting for those wanting the highest quality fabric. Heavier in weight than our Light and Waterproof fabrics, these fabrics come in a range of vibrant colours you won’t find in our other ranges. These fabrics have superior durability and performance, especially in excessively high wind conditions and comes with a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty against UV degradation.
GSM: 376-430
UVR: 84-98%
Construction: 100% Monofilament (No Tape)


Our premium waterproof shade cloth made of regular fabric (a mixture of monofilament and tape) finished with a waterproof coating, extending the usage of a waterproof sail into the shoulder seasons. The fabric provides up to 100% UV protection but allows natural light transmission and comes in a little lighter than our other fabrics at 280 gsm. The fabric has excellent tear and fray resistance, comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty against UV degradation and is 100% recyclable. Proudly manufactured in South Africa, this is the perfect fabric if you’re looking for an all-weather shade sail. Presently we stock the following colours in waterproof fabric; Turquoise (limited), Royal Blue. Colours that we do not stock will require a special order which will incur extra time and cost, please contact us for special order information. The waterproof fabric requires special design considerations, please contact our office for more information.

GSM: 280
UVR: 93-100%
Construction: Monofilament & Tape (Coated)