Unless an engineer gives the go-ahead, attaching a post to a fence or wall is not a good idea – it only takes one strong gust of wind and it could destroy more than just your property. We’ve seen it happen and are often engaged to fix others’ that have failed.
At Modiform, we deliver pre-engineered fixings for guaranteed structural integrity and we work with our preferred engineers to ensure our structures hold true.
This one isn’t as black and white as many would like it to be. The reason being is that sails has many parts and needs to consider all of the materials and components.
Sure, we could go the ‘used car’ salesmen trick and tell you whatever we needed to get you to purchase, but that’s just not how we do things here. We’d rather that you are informed and happy with your final decision. With this said, lets jump in.
First, we need to make sure your sail isn’t going to wear out prematurely, so make sure you keep it tight with regular tensioning of the corners.
The lifespan of a sail is also largely dependent on climate and weather. Being in sunny Queensland, we recommend choosing a high quality fabric with high UV protection.
Generally, if installed properly and well maintained, you can expect your sails to last at least 10-12 years. Now, that’s not to say you won’t get many more years with the right care.
Yes, in that it won’t absorb water and will block a good amount of it. And no, in that is will not completely stop water from passing through it. The fabric is not a water barrier. The tiny gaps in the fabric are there so that your sails won’t over heat.
To minimise the water that will pass through, do these two things: Firstly, make sure the shade sail is tensioned and stretched. An experienced installer will ensure this is done correctly. Secondly, make sure the sail isn’t flat! The more height variation in the corners, the more water run off you can achieve.
Of coarse, we are able to provide solutions that are completely waterproof should you prefer. Feel free to visit our waterproof page here
Keep your new sail clean by clearing away leaves, bird droppings, or other debris that collects over time. A broom or blower will do the trick.
Dust and dirt will inevitably become trapped in the knit of the fabric, which can dull the appearance of the sail. The hose of a spray nozzle will keep these hard-to-clean areas in check.
If it is still a little dull, a PH free detergent with warm water (ie dish soap) with a soft bristle brush will certainly achieve that newer look.
It is important to keep your sail stretched tight to avoid it wearing out prematurely. We recommend, and in fact offer an initial re-tension service within the first 6 months of your completed sail. After the first 6 months, if installed properly, you shouldn’t need to retention again for a few years.
We hope this has been helpful information as you decide on an outdoor shade solution that works for you and your home.
Whilst sails are only made from fabric, the good ones need to be tensioned tightly. Posts should lean slightly in the opposite direction that the sails are pulling from.
The force on a sunshade is not up and down, but sideways, so the construction and engineering is based around that understanding. The lean doesn’t need to be more than 4 or 5 degrees, and a huge factor into the strength of the shade sail lies within the footing system. We use strong, concrete-free micro piles, which are the strongest system we’ve found in the market.