Shade Sail, Shade Structure, Pool Shade and Shade Canopy FAQ's

Facts, Questions & Answers about our award winning design, fabrication and installation of shade sails, tension fabric shade structures, patio shade covers, architectural shades, pool hat shade sails and shade canopies

We know we can't answer all your questions, but here are some that we've heard more than once!

Please call us (or email) with your questions. We are here to help.

How does the shade cloth stand up to the sun?
Extremely well! We use only top quality, commercial grade shade cloth. The shade fabric is a High Density Polyethylene and comes with a 10 year manufacture's warranty against sun degradation. In addition, we use a UV rated thread to resist sun degradation that carries the same 10 year warranty. The UV resistant thread is just as important as the warranty on the fabric. We have seen shade sails in which the thread has deteriorated in the sun and the seams and pockets begin to unravel.

How long does it take to install your shade products?
A typical installation takes about 4 - 6 weeks. Every project is different. We begin working on your project as soon as we contract. Projects requiring permitting or job-specific engineering can take much longer. Keep in mind; most of our projects are completely custom, not off-the-shelf products. We design, fabricate, and install custom shade sails, shade structures and shade canopies.

How much wind will your shade products withstand?
Most everything we design and install is rated for 90mph winds. If your project requires higher ratings, please let us know. We'll be happy to have it engineered for your specifications.

Can the shade fabric come down in the winter?
Yes and no. Our shade structure solutions are typically designed to be permanent. Most of our shade structures utilize tensioned shade fabric and caution should be used when removing or installing the cloth. The intensity of UV damage doesn't subside just because the weather has turned cooler. In fact, most people take fewer precautions in the winter months to protect themselves from the sun. Please discuss your specific requests with your Sails Manager.

Do you come to my location?
Yes we come out to your job site, office, business or home to evaluate the space you are wanting to shade. We specialize in providing shade, so a site visit is an important part of what we do. Our Sails Managers are trained to help design your project to shade where you want, when you want. Please let them know if you have a definite time of year or time of day you are particularly interested in focusing on. For areas further away from our Sails offices, we are happy to work with you on the phone and via email.

Do you charge a consultation fee?
No, and yes. After our Sails Manager has spoken with you on the phone, they will schedule a convenient time to come to your location to discuss shade options and educate you on our products and processes. While on site, our Sails Manager will give you a close estimate for your project before we go to design. Once we proceed to actual designs (see designs below), we often charge a small design fee.

What is it going to look like? Design?
Shade Industries® uses state-of-the-art software programs to assist in design of your project. We will "draw" your project in 3D and have the capability to show the expected shade at a particular time of day and time of year. Generally we email these drawings back and forth with the client until we have a shade structure design you are satisfied with.

How much does it cost?
There are many variables with pricing a shade canopy project. As a rule of thumb, figure $10-$20 per square foot. We have completed projects for as little as $2 per square foot and as much as $25 per square foot; however the $10-$20/sq. ft. figure is a great place to start.

Can I attach the Shade top directly to a house or building?
In some cases yes, we can attach to your structure. Keep in mind that the original architect did not intend to have a large shade attached to the structure. There is a great deal of force generated on the attachment points in high winds. Attaching to your building will affect the overall wind rating of our design. Shade Industries® can provide engineering specifications at an additional cost.

Do I need a permit?
Check with your local municipality on permit requirements.

What maintenance is required with your Shade Cloth?
Almost none, other than the occasional blowing or hosing off of the fabric. Steel posts are generally powder coated or can be left to patina naturally. We use stainless steel and corrosion resistant hardware and cables. No painting, re-shingling, staining, or replacing of parts associated with gazebos, ramadas, trellises, pergolas or fixed, rigid structures.

How do I clean it?
A hose and possibly a mild detergent. You made need a rag or soft bristled brush to clean off sap or stubborn bird droppings.

How do Shade Sails compare to Gazebos or Ramadas?
Gazebos are made from fixed rigid material that requires annual maintenance. A shade sail can provide comparable shade, cover more custom areas (over a pool or an odd shaped area) and has very little maintenance. In addition, the mass of a gazebo can block views where as a Shade Sail is a mere sliver against its back drop. Shade sails start around $10 a square foot and many Gazebos start around $18 a square foot.

I have seen Shade Sails offered at retail outlets and in airplane magazines for around $100, why are yours more expensive?
When you buy a shade sail from an outlet or magazine, the shade sail comes ready-made in limited sizes and colors. Most often the areas that need shade are not the same size and shape of the ready-made products. Every product has its place; in fact, years ago, we used to sell and install ready-made sails. We stopped due to the lower quality of the products available and the limitations by the size and shape.

Shade Industries® takes the guess work out of providing shade. We come to your business or home and provide designs taking in to account the movement of the sun across the sky and the time of year.

What if I only want a custom top made and install it myself?
Every top is custom made by us, if you provide the measurements, we can make you a custom top. Call for pricing.

Can I buy a package from you and install it myself?
Yes. If you purchase a package from us, we will provide you with the posts, hardware, installation instructions and a custom top.

What is the longest span you can cover with a Shade Sail?
Spans of 60 to 80 feet are not uncommon.

How long has Shade Industries® been in business?
The founder of Shade Industries® has been in the shade industry for more than 15 years. Shade Industries (and its predecessor, Shade Central) has been designing, manufacturing and installing since 2004.

Will water go through the fabric?
The shade fabric has about an 80% water deflection rate. The greater the twists in the fabric, the higher the water deflection. The fabric is porous. Thus, water will always be able to penetrate the fabric during heavy rain conditions.

We offer water proof fabric for select installations. Please inquire if you are interested.

Is one color better than another?
Each color comes with the same 10 year manufacturer's warranty; however, the darker the color the higher the percentage of UV blockage.

How do we get started?
Call one of our Sails Managers to schedule an appointment or send us a message on our contact us page.
Shade Industries® designs, manufactures and installs shade sails, shade structures, shade canopies and pool shades for the following Arizona Cities; Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Avondale, Benson, Buckeye, Carefree, Casa Grande, Cave Creek, Chandler, Coolidge, El Mirage, Eloy, Flagstaff, Florence, Fort Huachuca, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Globe, Goodyear, Green Valley, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Marana, Maricopa, Mesa, New River, Oro Valley, Paradise Valley, Payson, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Queen Creek, Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Sedona, Sierra Vista, Showlow, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tucson, Waddell, Willcox.

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