With your own skills you can create and install your own shade sail project for a fraction of the cost of professional installation.
You have two alternatives to consider: - Install mounting points to accommodate our pre-made standard size sails. - Install mounting points first and then have us manufacture a custom made shade sail to fit.
Whether you opt for our pre-made shade sails or our custom made shade sails, you will have similar decisions to make, such as:
Mounting Points on Buildings / Structures
If you have specific questions about attaching your shade sail to your home or building, or are uncertain about the strength of potential attachment points, we suggest you contact a carpenter or handy-man that can evaluate your building or structure.
When attaching to a building, it is very important to ensure that the attachment point is structurally strong. If attaching to a wooden part of a building, we generally use a diamond pad eye, pad eye, or screw eye. When attaching to a solid concrete wall, we normally epoxy a 3/8 inch eye bolt into the wall. For less common applications, such as going through a wall and using a backing plate or attaching to a roof, alternative hardware may be required.
Posts / Poles
We often recommend a 3 1/2 to 4 inch thick walled steel pole. While steel is preferred, a large wooden post is a common alternative. The size of the pole depends largely on how many shade sails will be attached to it, the size of the sail and how far from the ground the shade sail will be attached.
When it comes to how deep to bury the posts, a conservative rule would be one third in the ground and two thirds above ground. Therefore, a post with eight feet exposed would have four feet buried. This will vary depending on how many sails are attached to the post, soil conditions, size of the sails, etc.
A 3/8 inch eye bolt is the most common way to attach to a post or pole. For safety, we highly recommend installing the eye bolt before burying the post. Don't forget to let the concrete base fully dry before installing the shade sails!
Attaching with Turnbuckles / "D" Shackles / Cable / Chain
In most cases we suggest using a turnbuckle on each corner of the shade sail. "D" shackles are an acceptable alternative, but they do not allow for tensioning of the shade sail.
When using turnbuckles it is recommended that you work your way around the shade sail tensioning each turnbuckle as you go to ensure an even amount of tension across the shade sail.
Steel cables or chain can be used to span distances from shade sail corners to attachment points. Removing links of chain allow for future tensioning of the shade sail.