For this design we provide 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 (for instance to install a « brise vue ») please specify it when finalizing your pre-order.
Shade sails are 1 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 the large sails and/or when they’re attached with coir rope.
Regarding the installation of design n.1 you will find all the indications here.
Made-to-measure shade sail is possible for pergolas and « brises vues ».
Upon detailled study of your needs, and depending on the dimensions and layout of the place you would like to cover, we will be able to tell you if your project is doable and propose you a quote.
Here at La Scourtinerie, the shade sails are exposed to bad weather all year round for more than 3 years 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.
We are not aware of any particular problems due to rain, snow or frost. Just 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.
Please note that with rain, natural tannins in the coir fiber can sometimes bleed out, so be careful with the white walls and fabrics of your deck.
Our advice would be to rinse your shade with plenty of water, then to let it dry before installing it.