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Design Sleuth: Shade Sails

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Design Sleuth: Shade Sails

Julie Carlson June 04, 2014

When temperatures rise, awnings are an essential weapon in the cooling arsenal–blocking direct sun and creating zones of shade. The best development we’ve seen in a while is the tensioned shade sail, a triangle or rectangular of UV-blocking fabric.  

Above: A shade sail outside a house in France. Photograph by Verne via OWI.

Above: Whittier, CA-based Shade Sails offers an extensive range of sail shades in different configurations; prices range from $159.95 for a 12-foot triangle to $394 for an 18-foot square. Shade Sails from Backyard City.

Above: The 16-foot Coolaroo Shade Sail is made from a commercial-grade fabric that resists mold and mildew and blocks up to 90 percent of UV rays. Available in Desert Sand (shown), Brunswick Green, and Ocean Blue, it’s $105.49 from Amazon.

Above: Coolaroo’s Square Shade Sail comes in several dimensions, the 11-by-10-foot size is $147 from Amazon.

More shade? Have a look at our recent 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Umbrellas. And for more umbrella ideas, see Gardenista’s Shade Umbrella picks.

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