SHADE STRUCTURE | SHADE SAILS | PLAYGROUND SHADE
SHADE SAIL, SHADE STRUCTURE, PLAYGROUND SHADE, POOL SHADE AND SHADE CANOPY QUESTIONS
Questions & Answers about our design, fabrication and installation of shade sails, playground shade, tension fabric shade structures, shade canopies, architectural shades, and pool shade sails
Please call us (or email) with your questions. We are here to help. We have local area representatives to help you plan, measure and walk you through the design and installation process.
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STYLES OF SHADE STRUCTURES:
Shade Sails | Shade Sail Structures | SRP Shade
4 Post Hip Shade Structure | Playground Shade | SRP Shade Structures:
Commercial Shade Umbrellas | SRP Skyspan
Cantilever Shade Structures | Parking Lot Shade | Superior Shade
DO YOU COME TO MY LOCATION?
We have local representatives that will come measure and assist you throughout the entire process. We specialize in providing shade, so a site visit is an important part of what we do. Our representatives are trained to help you cover just about any area. Please let them know if you have a definite time of year or time of day you are particularly interested in focusing on.
DO YOU CHARGE A DESIGN FEE FOR SHADE SAILS?
No, and I’d hesitate in working with any company that does charge you this fee.
HOW MUCH DOES A SHADE STRUCTURE, OR SHADE SAIL 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.
WHAT IS THE BEST COLOR FABRIC?
The darker colors have better UV protection than lighter colors. As well, the darker colors are less prone to showing dirt or mildew.
DOES DARK FABRIC RETAIN HEAT MORE THAN LIGHTER COLORS?
No, wind is designed to flow through the fabric material and color does not affect the overall temperature within the shaded area.
HOW MUCH UV PROTECTION DO YOUR FABRIC SHADE SAIL STRUCTURES PROVIDE?
Up to 96% of UVA and UVB rays are blocked, depending upon shade cloth color.
HOW DO YOUR SHADE SAILS LOWER TEMPERATURE?
Hot air rises out the top between the knitted yarns of High Density Polyethylene. This draws outside air into the structure from the sides, which creates continuous air movement. That’s why they reduce ambient air temperature up to 20 degrees. Hardened roofing materials (i.e. metal, wood, plastic, tile, stone, etc.) and conventional awning fabrics trap hot inside the structure.
WHAT SHADE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PLAYGROUND SHADE?
Modular shade (playground shade) can be integrated into the play structure’s support posts for around $2000. If it’s a Playland, Int’l. playstructure, or WOW playstructure, we offer a retrofit kit that allows us to add post extensions to the 3-1/2″ or 5″ post columns and span up to 18′ wide. Other options include a hybrid option of attaching to an extended post column and spanning to support columns outside of the playground use zone. Most commonly, however, is a steel frame shade, or shade sail extending beyond the use zones and over the top of the playstructure
HOW MUCH COOLER WILL THE PLASTIC OR STEEL OF THE PLAYGROUND BE IN THE SUMMER TIME?
The plastic can be cooled down as much as 50 degrees in midday sun versus in shade. The most dangerous contact is from direct skin contact on a slide or other climber. The powder-coating steel columns do not retain as much heat as roto-molded plastic.
HOW DO SHADE SAILS COMPARE TO SHELTERS, OR GAZEBOS?
Gazebos are made from fixed rigid material that requires annual maintenance. A shade sail can provide comparable shade, cover more custom areas, a much larger 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.
ARE YOUR SHADE SAILS WATERPROOF?
The HDPE fabrics, which are usually preferable, are not waterproof, but “water resistant.” They will shed most rainwater in heavy downpours, but a fine mist will likely come through the fabric at these times. (It should be noted that cables form catenary curves on each side of fabrics, through which rain will easily fall unless the fabrics are overlapped. Also rain seldom falls straight down from clouds, but blows in from sides). Shade sails can also be made of PVC-coated fabrics for situations requiring waterproof fabric.
WHERE ARE SHADE STRUCTURES USED?
* SPORTS FIELDS/BLEACHERS/DUGOUTS
* POOLSIDE AND WATER PARKS
* OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATERS
* CONCESSION AREAS
* PARKING LOTS/ CAR DEALERS
* MARINAS/BOAT CLUBS
* GOLF COURSES AND DRIVING RANGES
* RESORTS AND COUNTRY CLUBS
* ANY OUTDOOR GATHERING PLACES
WHAT ABOUT DURABILITY?
HEAVY-DUTY STEEL FRAME
* EMBEDDED IN CONCRETE
* WARRANTY FOR 10 YEARS
* EASILY REMOVABLE USING OUR GLIDE ELBOW RELEASE SYSTEM
* AVAILABLE IN POPULAR COLORS
* GUARANTEED FOR 10 YEARS (INCLUDING STITCHING THREAD)
* FIRE RATED
HOW DO I DETERMINE THE SIZE SHADE STRUCTURE I NEED?
Measure the length, width and entry height you require for your shade structure.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE THE TOP COVER IN THE EVENT OF A HURRICANE?
Yes, it is advisable to remove the top in the event of inclement weather.
WHAT SHAPES ARE SHADE SAILS AVAILABLE IN?
There are triangle, right-triangle, square and rectangle shade sails available.
HOW DO I MEASURE THE AREA FOR A PLAYGROUND SHADE STRUCTURE?
Take into account the length, width and highest point of the playground equipment that will be underneath. Ensure that you allow at least 7ft from the furthest point of the playground equipment e.g. at the end of a slide measure a fall zone allowance 7 ft. away from this point.
WHAT AREA SHOULD I MEASURE FOR A SHADE STRUCTURE?
Measuring the area of your shade structure is not as challenging as you may think. Walk the area of your shade footprint that you require, and take into account the tallest point of any structure underneath the area you are covering. This is important to enable us to ensure that you are getting enough clearance height for your structure.
SHADE STRUCTURE MATERIALS
WHY ARE SHADE STRUCTURES SO MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE FABRIC SAILS I’VE SEEN ONLINE?
Most of these products are offered as fabric only, and a much thinner weight of material (quality). As well, the hardware is typically a lower quality, non-stainless residential hardware. More significantly is the steel involved in the framed structure. Our Superior Shade steel is a zinc-coated primer + powder-coating that is one of the finest paint finishes in our industry. Your shade fabric has a minimum 10-year warranty, and the steel carries a minimum 20-year warranty. This is preferred over galvanized posts, which don’t offer protection at the weld points and leads to rusting. In addition to offering asset protection and comfort, your shade structure should be attractive and rust free for years to come. As well, the materials are designed to meet local wind load standards, which include the steel members used to hold up your canopy.
HOW DURABLE IS THE SHADE CLOTH?
We use only top quality, commercial grade shade High Density Polyethylene fabric. The shade fabric is a High Density Polyethylene and comes with a 10-year manufacturer’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. Fabric shades gives you the benefit of cozy and breathable shade (HDPE- Hydro Polyethylene Fabric) experience because it reflects back heat absorption and blocks from 92%- 99% UV rays depending on its various colors available.
WHAT IS THE LONGEST SPAN YOU CAN COVER WITH A SHADE SAIL?
Spans of 60 to 80 feet are not uncommon with our new Monotec Shade Fabric. Monotec fabric also offers a wider array of colors that are more vibrant than standard Alnet fabric..
WHAT IS “CLEAR SPAN?”
The distance between columns. For example, a basketball court requires “clear spanning” the entire court width.
IS ONE COLOR SHADE FABRIC 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. Our Monotec fabric also comes in vibrant pastel colors unlike more other manufacturers. Both Red & Yellow are inherently unstable, and are most affected by UV degradation and fading. They’re not recommended.
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. Discuss with your representative.
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, and with new building codes in places like south Florida, we’re able to design to meet those standards.
CAN THE SHADE FABRIC COME DOWN IN THE WINTER?
Yes, depending on the size and style of your canopy. Our shade structure solutions are typically designed to be up for year-round use in areas that don’t receive much snow. All 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 is cooler. The fabric is not intended to bear snow loads and should be taken down if snow is expected, or inclement weather with higher wind gusts are anticipated.
CAN I ATTACH THE SHADE TOP DIRECTLY TO A HOUSE OR BUILDING?
In some cases yes, we can attach to your structure, however you’ll typically need provide the architectural drawings. The original building was not likely designed to carry the horizontal loads that our tensioned shades require, however. Attaching to your building will affect the overall wind rating of our design. We can provide engineering and typically do so when permitting is required.
ARE SHADE SAILS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN STEEL-FRAME SHADE STRUCTURES?
Not typically, and it’s due to the lack of frame support. Shade sails get their structural integrity from the large steel columns and concrete footers that are below grade. The footers are typically at least 3’x3’x3′ in size each, which is a large amount of concrete. Shade canopies have an upper steel frame, over which shade cloth is tensioned into various roof shapes. Shade sail structures don’t have upper frames. They merely consist of columns, shade cloth sails and the hardware to attach them and maintain proper tensioning. Steel-frame gets its structural strength from the steel girders.
ARE YOUR FABRICS FLAME RETARDANT?
Yes, all are on the list of fabrics approved by the California Fire Marshal. They also meet the National standards for flame retardency (i.e. ASTM E84 & NFPA 701).
ORDER, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR SHADE STRUCTURE
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.
DO I NEED A PERMIT?
Check with your local municipality on permit requirements. In states, such as Florida, then most likely. We will help you navigate through the permitting process if necessary. Our shades will be engineered and installed to meet your local building codes.
HOW DOES IT SECURE INTO THE GROUND?
Either with footings which are dug out, concreted and caged with rebar, or with a baseplate and bolts (can be expansion bolts or chemically set)
HOW LARGE ARE THE FOOTINGS FOR SHADE SAIL STRUCTURES?
This depends upon numerous factors including the structure’s footprint size, clear span, column heights, local building code, soil conditions, etc. To date, all of our shade sail structures required footings that were at least 30″ in diameter and 5′ deep. Our largest footings to date were 36″ diameter and 8′ deep.
HOW DO I CLEAN IT?
A low-pressure hose and a mild detergent are all that’s required to remove bird droppings, or mildew that will build up. You can use a pressure cleaner, but not generally recommended.
CAN I INSTALL THE SHADE MYSELF?
Yes, every shade comes with installation instructions, and many of our customers install themselves.
What maintenance is required?
Almost none, other than the occasional blowing or hosing off of the fabric. Steel posts are zinc primed and powder-coated. We use stainless steel and corrosion resistant hardware and cables. No painting or maintenance should be needed, unless there’s some sagging of the fabric that could occur. In that case, the glide elbow release arms can also be used to tighten fabric should it be stretched over time.
Benefits of Shade:
Keep metal decks and playground equipment cool to avoid burns
Provide 97% UV block to help avoid harmful exposure to the sun
Protect cars from hail plus reduce interior heat buildup by 40°F.
Superior Shade structures live up to their name in quality, and are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and fabrics for practically all playground and outdoor activities:
Squares and rectangles designs for pools, picnic areas, bleachers, etc.
Sail shapes for odd-shaped locations or special effects
Modular designs to fit your structures and equipment
Polygons, cantilevered shapes and customizations to meet specific requirements
One dozen vibrant fabric colors and thirteen metal powder-coat paints
HOW LARGE ARE THE FOOTINGS FOR SHADE SAIL STRUCTURES?
10-year limited warranty
Mildew and rot-resistant
80% water repellent
Breathable fabric allows hot air to rise and escape
Provides hail protection
Fabric will not sag or loosen
20°F. cooler than metal roofs
Meets CA State Fire Marshall requirements
Meets hurricane force 1 winds (fabric installed); up to 150mph (w/o fabric)
20-year limited warranty due to failure of rust through corrosion
Glide elbow allows quick removal of canopies pending severe weather