When you are deciding on a DIY shade sail, there is some planning involved for maximum style, durability, and protection from the elements.

Secure Installation

You will need to ensure that your outdoor shade sales are installed securely to allow for storms and heavy winds.

Normally shade sales are secured by way of steel posts that are cemented into the ground. Galvanised steel will give you the best results. Brackets and fittings can also be used, or your shade sale may be bolted or screwed to a building. The best fittings on the post are stainless steel eyebolts.

Ensure that your posts are extremely secure. If you choose to bolt the shade sail onto your roof, a standard shade sale roof bracket if your best choice. Screw and bolt the bracket to the trusses –  then flash it after replacing your colour bond sheeting or your roof tiles. Failure to do so can cause your roof to leak.

Overdo everything when organizing your posts and installation methods to allow for storms and rough weather. This includes the strength of your footing.

The height of your posts determines the wall thickness and size. As you go up in height the footing depth and size of the post will increase. Talk to us about ideal post sizes when you order your DIY shade sails.

Designing Your Outdoor Shade Sails

When you choose a design for your sail a substantial fall is required to stop water ponding. As well as the color and design, take the fall into account. While it may be tempting to make the sail extra large, you are better to have two medium sized shade sails. It will withstand the elements better and last you far longer.

Proper planning will ensure that your shades sales are more robust and have maximum protection from the rough weather.

Contact us at Sailmaker for more information on planning the install of your DIY shade sails. We can also organize the install for you. We service Brisbane areas including Brisbane Northside, Southside, and Bayside.