Learning to hang a shade sail is quite simple. There are three main steps to follow:
1. Prepare the shade sail by unfolding it on the ground and installing the binding at the corners.
2. Install the fixing elements to the walls and / or the fixing pole, with the special plates and dowels in case of fixing on the front.
3. Secure the shade cloth, tension it and adjust it so that it can withstand the pull of the wind and last longer.
Where to fix your shade sail?
A shade sail can be attached to many supports, depending on where you want to install it. The most common option? Attach it to the facade of your house. Depending on the type of fabric, you will need one or two attachment points located at the wall level. Other possibilities are available to you:
• Hang the shade sail on a timber frame beam if you have a wood frame roof. The thickness of the beam must be of sufficient width, 8 to 10 centimeters minimum.
• Fix one end of the canvas on a solid tree with a good trunk. However, it is inadvisable to attach the sail to this sole support which may be a little unstable, especially in windy conditions.
• On fixing poles that can take place anywhere in your garden. Most masts of this type are made of anodized aluminum, a material that combines flexibility and robustness. It is also resistant to bad weather and rust.
What is the material needed to hang a shade sail?
To attach a shade sail, you must:
1. A shovel to dig the ground if you attach your canvas to a mast.
2. An electric screwdriver.
3. A screwdriver and hex keys.
4. A pliers
5. A pencil, an indelible marker and a cutter.
6. Big brown tape.
7. One yard meter and a spirit level.
Step 1: Prepare the shade sail
Before hanging your shade sail, unfold it completely on the ground. Perform this task on a clean, dry surface and choose a day when the wind is weak. For a perfect tension of the fabric, the tensioning axes must be respected. For example, for a quadrilateral sail it is diagonals, for a triangle canvas it will be in the median and diagonals that start from the ends at the base of your equipment. The use of a rope is a good tip and you will not be too much of two for this step, as well as for those that follow. This is also an opportunity to check if all the items you need to attach are present.
Step 2: Install the fasteners
Before attaching the shade sail to the fasteners, they must be installed. If you hang the canvas on fixing poles, you will need to bury them deep enough beforehand to ensure good stability. You will need to dig in your garden and use concrete so that the mast (s) are properly anchored. The sail then settles on these masts. If you attach it to the wall, you will need to install long wall fixtures in wood, concrete, stone or brick depending on the material of your facade. These fixings take place on plates screwed to the facade with the help of special dowels. If you need to attach a roller shade sail, place a toothed pulley on the shade sail and a swivel.
Step 3: Secure the sail, tension and adjust
Next, the shade sail should be tightened before locking the turnbuckle with nuts. Again, if you hang a roller sail, place a rubber band at the base of the maneuvering rope of the toothed pulley. Then mount the long bindings, attach them to the ends of the canvas and hang them on the wall mountings. Tighten the winding shaft perfectly to ensure a good winding of the sail. Clamp the fasteners for good wind resistance. Do the same on the masts for shade sail. If you have opted for a sail that winds, check that the winding and unwinding work properly. It must be fluid and smooth.