Shade Sail Questions for Newcastle Homeowners

Having a shade sail in your backyard or pool area can be wondrous, especially in the summertime. They provide homeowners with many benefits including being immensely practical and economical. Shade sails can even raise the property value of your home. However, you may have some questions that you need answers to before you start using them.


For instance, you may wonder how much wind a shade sail can take. Like most other things in your yard or pool area, shade sails should be taken down in the instance of heavy winds. New sails are made to withstand a great deal of wind force. However, it is important to note that as they age, shade sails’ burst strength will decrease. Newcastle rarely has high winds, although it does happen. Therefore, it is important to be prepared if and when it does.

You may also have shade sail questions on whether or not shade sails can be attached to your home. The answer is simple: yes they can. It is important that these sails are attached securely to the structure or frame of your home. You will not want to attach the sails to siding, roofs or fascia.

While you can technically attach it to the roof of your house this is not recommended either. The reason is that if you get a leak your roof and shade sail will be affected.


When it comes to shade sail questions of waterproofing, general shade sails are not completely waterproof. They do come in PVC vinyl materials though which are 100% waterproof. Generally, shade sails are crafted with a type of knitted cloth that is 10% porous. What this means is that the majority of the rain will run to the perimeter of the sail, but a slight mist may still get through. With flat sails, the water may cause a puddle which could leak through the knit.


Even the lightest colours can still block out approximately 90% of the harmful rays from the sun. The darkest colours can block out as much as 96% of those damaging UV rays. These are all things to keep in mind when you are choosing shade sails.

Other common shade sail questions include whether or not shade sails require a great deal of maintenance.