Using a shade sail to protect your outdoor space



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Shade sails offers practical shading for any outdoor area, entertaining space or swimming pool

A well-designed space should consider shading, and in particular retractable shading. The combined effect of reducing the impact of the sun during the summer and making the most of available light and warmth in the winter enables extended use of our outdoor spaces. Using an all-weather retractable protection shade sail, the owners of this lovely home now have a fully functional outdoor space for year-round enjoyment.

The Architect owners of this lovely home in Adelaide’s leafy Eastern Suburbs have recently created this wonderful outdoor raised deck, perfectly complementing this modernist style house.

Durable shade sail

To provide protection from the elements and maximise the use of this space, the architect installed a fully retractable Shaderunner® shade system. It extends from the house out over the deck, with the running wires then extending to posts in the garden.

Most Shaderunner® systems usually consist of durable polyester mesh fabrics for shade protection. However, this system uses waterproof PVC fabric, which features a PVDF lacquer coating on the top side for ease of keeping clean. This lightweight PVC is translucent and offers good light transmittance even on overcast days, whilst providing shade and all-weather protection on demand.

Automatic shade sail system

Most Shaderunners® feature an easy to use manually operated endless cord system but an increasingly popular choice is remote motorised control. For this application, the home builder selected a motorised operation, featuring a durable Somfy motor housed in a slimline powder-coated headbox. For the ultimate convenience, the homeowners can use the easy-to-operate remote controller to extend and retract the Shaderunner as and when required.

If required, further automated control can be provided by the addition of sun or wind sensors to extend or retract the Shaderunners during weather events. At the touch of a button, the homeowners can deploy the Shaderunner to provide thermal comfort when required, or an automated sun sensor can also perform this function automatically. Similarly, the owners can use the remote controller to fold back the Shaderunner when not in use. But with the addition of a wind sensor, if the winds pick up the sensor will automatically retract the system.

Flexible design

During the manufacturing process, The Shaderunner uses durable components, including marine grade 316 stainless steel fittings and Ronstan yachting ball bearing pulleys. As a result, the Shaderunner provides a robust retractable shade solution for a range of residential and commercial applications. The flexible design of the Shaderunner® enables the home builder to install it for a range of support structures, such as existing or purpose-built pergolas, between walls or fascias or on support posts. The unique qualities of Shaderunner® enable large areas to be spanned and protected with a minimum support structure.

The Shaderunner® Retractable Shade System is suitable for a range of applications around the home, from outdoor entertaining spaces and patios to swimming pools and courtyards. However, the applications also span commercial projects, such as aquatic parks and hotels. With a wide range of fabrics and colour options available, the Shaderunner® complements all architectural styles, from contemporary suburban homes to traditional country residences.

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