This Design, originally created to be installed on a structure, is here installed as the Design N1. It’s recommended when the support bars are more than 80 cm meter away from each other, or when you get very strong winds.
For this design we provide for free fine ropes (diameter 0,5 cm) so that you have enough to attach your shade sail to your fixed structure. If you want additional ropes, or a different diameter, please specify it when finalizing your order.
Shade sails are 1,2 kg per m2, and they double in weight when wet. They dry very quickly thanks to their spaced out weaving. Coconut fiber becomes slack once it is wet, and this feature reverts when it dries up ; it’s how coconut fiber reacts to the humidity. It may be necessary to slightly stretch your shade sail after the first rains, specially regarding the large sails or when they’re attached with coir rope.
Regarding the installation of Design n.3 onto a structure find all the indications here.
See pictures of this design in our photo gallery.
Here at La Scourtinerie, the shade sails are exposed to bad weather all year round for several seasons now. Over time, we observe a color modification, especially on the side exposed to the sun (above). Depending on the exposure conditions, our shade sails may turn pale or grey (same as wood exposed under similar conditions).
Strong sun and wind can lead to fiber loss which then leads to the weaving thickness gradual diminution, and therefore impact the shade sail efficiency. This becomes apparent after several years though and the shade sails wintering allows them to last longer. Note that the quality of the shade sail remains optimal in the first 2 years.
Please note that snow can significantly increase the sail’s weight and lead to, either a collapse of the supporting structure (pergola), or a rope breach regarding the suspended shade sails. In such situation, wintering is highly recommended, if not required.
As a general rule, to maximize your shade sail’s life, and whenever possible, we advise you to store it in a dry, rodent-free place.
CAUTION : We’ve noticed that rain can sometimes cause the natural tannins in the coconut fiber to bleed, so be careful with the white tiles and fabrics on your terrace. We therefore recommend that you rinse your shade sail with plenty of water when you receive it, then leave it to dry before installing it. Repeat the operation several times if necessary.
The average delivery time (in France) for our shade sails is 2 to 5 working days.