Extremely well! We use only top quality, commercial grade shade cloth. 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.
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.
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.
Yes and no. Our shade structure solutions are typically designed to be permanent. Most 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 has turned cooler. In fact, most people take fewer precautions in the winter months to protect themselves from the sun. Please discuss your specific requests with your Sails Manager.
Yes we come out to your job site, office, business or home to evaluate the space you are wanting to shade. We specialize in providing shade, so a site visit is an important part of what we do. Our Sails Managers are trained to help design your project to shade where you want, when you want. Please let them know if you have a definite time of year or time of day you are particularly interested in focusing on. For areas further away from our Sails offices, we are happy to work with you on the phone and via email.
No, and yes. After our Sails Manager has spoken with you on the phone, they will schedule a convenient time to come to your location to discuss shade options and educate you on our products and processes. While on site, our Sails Manager will give you a close estimate for your project before we go to design. Once we proceed to actual designs (see designs below), we often charge a small design fee.
Desert shade uses state-of-the-art software programs to assist in design of your project. We will "draw" your project in 3D and have the capability to show the expected shade at a particular time of day and time of year. Generally we email these drawings back and forth with the client until we have a shade structure design you are satisfied with.
In some cases yes, we can attach to your structure. Keep in mind that the original architect did not intend to have a large shade attached to the structure. There is a great deal of force generated on the attachment points in high winds. Attaching to your building will affect the overall wind rating of our design. Desert shade can provide engineering specifications at an additional cost.
Check with your local municipality on permit requirements.
Almost none, other than the occasional blowing or hosing off of the fabric. Steel posts are generally Epoxy or can be powder coated. We use stainless steel and corrosion resistant hardware and cables. No painting, re-shingling, staining, or replacing of parts associated with gazebos, armadas, trellises, pergolas or fixed, rigid structures.
A hose and possibly a mild detergent. You made need a rag or soft bristled brush to clean off sap or stubborn bird droppings.
Every top is custom made by us, if you provide the measurements, we can make you a custom top. Call for pricing.
Yes. If you purchase a package from us, we will provide you with the posts, hardware, installation instructions and a custom top.
Spans of 45 to 55 feet are not uncommon.
The founder of Desert shade has been in the shade industry for more than 16 years.
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. Please inquire if you are interested.
Each color comes with the same 10 year manufacturer's warranty; however, the darker the color the higher the percentage of UV blockage.
Call one of our Sails Managers to schedule an appointment or send us a message on our contact us page.