Successful shade sail design uses the inherent "stretch" of the knitted fabric to create three dimensional shapes. Fabrics other than shade cloth are used to make shade sails such as PVC, a more expensive alternative, or canvas variations. The low cost of shade cloth and its ability to breathe makes it a prime choice for "cool shade".
To date there is no formal educational facility where shade cloth shade sail design is taught. The overwhelming majority of shade sail designers/manufacturers are largely self-taught. There are some principles borrowed from fabric architecture and related engineering. Shade sail designers/manufacturers' technical competence can vary considerably and some caution should be used in selecting a supplier. Because shade sail competence is experience based, evidence of a range of installations over some years is a prudent request.
Currently there are many thousands of ready-made shade sails being made in China and exported world wide. These are of limited value as truly successful shade sails are custom-made for a specific site. The ready-made shade sails usually have only 3 or 4 colours choices and 3 or 4 sizes whereas custom-made shade sails have an almost infinite number of sizes and 60 or more colour choices. Custom-made shade sails are also of a much higher quality and thus have greater longevity.
EcoVeil from MechoShade is a PVC-free, eco-friendly shade cloth under continuous evaluation and optimization of all elements for its impact on humans and the environment.(The Guide)
Nov 01, 2004; EcoVeil from MechoShade is a PVC-free, eco-friendly shade cloth under continuous evaluation and optimization of all elements for...