At Shade to Order we quality control every step of the process to ensure our shade structures are designed and constructed to perfection.

Inexperienced construction companies often make the mistake of designing a flat or triangular shade sail. They usually manufacture flat structures or triangles because they lack specialist computer software, or more commonly, they lack the technical expertise to manufacture the complex 3-dimensional shapes required of tension membrane shade structures.

Don’t let anyone convince you that a flat shade sail is what you need. 2-Dimensional sails will nearly always pool with water, even if installed at high angles of pitch.

The reason for this is the lack of tension in the flat fabric surface allowing the water to slow down approaching an edge cable or beam and pooling in this area.

Other Issues with triangular shade sails

Triangular structures provide very poor shade covered area and unless the sun is directly overhead the shaded area can be metres away. The narrow corner angles of triangular sails make it very hard to design proper strengthening corner plates and attachments.

At Shade to Order we make sure out superior shade structures are designed with function and appearance in mind using specialist computer software to tick every checkbox of quality, durability, comfort, and resplendence.

3-Dimensional shade designs are far superior

Shade to Order is dedicated to designing architectural fabric structures with the correct amount of 3-dimensional shape.

Some of the reasons for using a 3D shape

  • 3-dimensional shape is required to allow the fabric surface to maintain the correct level of fabric surface tension (pre-stress).
  • A 3-dimensional shape allows water to runoff efficiently and pre-stress is maintained evenly across the surface. Water can also be diverted to lower corners if needed.
  • Because 3 dimensional sails have 4 or more attachment points the corners can have large angled strengthening patches and corner plates to distribute the surface loads. The covered area is more efficient and high and low connection points can be used to provide more or less coverage as required.

If you would like to read more about our shade structure manufacturing and installation processes please read more HERE

The photos say it all!!

Shade to Order are multi award winning designers and manufacturers of high tensile shade structures. Based in Newcastle you have seen their structures everywhere; from the airport to Belmont 16″,most of Australia and overseas.

Give us a call if you would like more information. Phone  (+61) 2 4942 5793