To install a triangular shade sail, in addition to determining its location, you will have to choose the type of fasteners. The choice between the wall fixtures or the masts will be decisive, just like the fact of defining the position of these points of fixations. It is important to plan to remove the sail from the attachment points so that the fabric can be tensioned using tensioning systems. The tension applied on a sail is the "secret" of the success of your installation and the longevity of it.
How to choose the location of your shade sail?
To define the ideal location for your shade sail, you will need to closely study your deck (or the area where you plan to locate it).
These are the criteria to consider before even considering installing poles:
- The orientation of the space and the course of the sun: your shade sail must be sized to cover the surface to protect from the sun while taking into account the orientation of the sun to protect you from UV rays the strongest moments of the day.
- Your own habits: are you ready to move your table or your sunbed to install under the shade? You should know that the sun's rays have an angle of about 30 degrees or more at the end of the day and in the winter season. This is an important point to consider. The use of an adjustable mast with the possibility of varying the height of attachment will be an interesting asset to correct these variations of angle of the sun's rays.
- The presence of bright spots or water flows, gutter types, which are to be avoided.
Once these first criteria have been established, you will be able to look into the question of the choice of the type of attachment: such as the fixing masts , which must not hinder the traffic areas.
What position for your triangular shade sail?
There are two possible setups for your triangular shade sail:
- One point of attachment to the wall, the other two on masts. The point of the triangle, which will create the smallest shading area, must then be turned towards the facade.
- Two points of attachment to the wall and one on mast, on which is fixed the point. The shading area on the terrace is then reduced, but this type of position reduces the sunshine of the interior of the house, especially for bay windows.
If a tree is installed close to the wall, it can eventually replace one of the masts provided it is strong enough not to move in windy conditions. Otherwise the sail will be solicited and may be damaged.
What types of masts to choose?
Before your installation, you will have the choice between two types of masts:
- Masts to bury, which need to be able to dig holes in the garden. To ensure stability, they must be sealed with concrete, providing a large enough depth to compensate for the tensile forces must be a minimum of 70/80 cm depending on soil stability, the more softer it will go seek stability by digging deeply.
- Platinum masts, which allow to install a shade sail without digging holes, ideally for a tiled terrace or wood. Here again, the concrete slab or the wooden deck must be stable and rigid enough to compensate for the traction forces that the mast will undergo during the installation of the sails.
The different stages of the installation of your shade sail
Here are the steps to install your triangular shade sail, once the masts are positioned and the bridges installed on the wall (providing a space of 45 cm or more depending on the size of the sail (proportional distance) between the angles of the sail and these points of attachment):
- Spread the sail on the ground to better visualize its extent. Locate the corners, which must have a corrosion-resistant stainless steel ring.
- Fasten the fasteners in each of these angles, it is best to choose fasteners with ropes and pulleys for ease of use. Relax the turnbuckles to the maximum and attach them to the canvas with the carabiners. These will allow you to be able to quickly disassemble the sail in case of strong wind (for security reasons).
- Then hook the sail to the wall hooks and poles. A slight inclination creating a torsion of the sail will facilitate the flow of water in case of rain and limit the wind setting (which is why it is highly recommended to choose fixing points at various heights).
- Tighten the sail to the maximum, which will allow it to resist better in time. For information, the tension of a sail must be 40 to 80 kg at each point of fixation: do not be afraid to shoot with force.
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