Shade Sail F.A.Q’s

Shade Sails are the popular modern answer for creating stylish cover from the weather and protecting those underneath from the sun, creating a cool shaded outdoor area that looks good!

Able Shade Sails are constructed using the highest quality fabric and fixings, offering customers a superior product that has the strength and durability required whilst also offering stylish designs and colours.

Customers often ask many questions about our Shade Sails so we have decided to put together a list of our most popular frequently asked questions and have provided the answers for your convenience. If you have any questions you would like answered that are not listed below please feel free to leave a comment in the comments box below or call us on 0800 389 9072. Alternatively you can email us your question.

Shade Sails for Schools

Shade Sail F.A.Q’s

1. Do they give us much protection from the sun?
The fabric of the Able Shade Sails block up to 96% of UV rays. The fabric is UV stabilised offering the best protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

2. Are they waterproof?
Our shade sails are not waterproof as they are manufactured to provide excellent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays using the highest grade commercial shade cloth. We do offer an excellent range of Waterproof Shade Sails and other fabric structures; see our Tensile Fabric Structures.

3. What colours is the fabric available in?
The Shade Sail fabric is available in 14 bright and vibrant colours, please click here to view the full colour range > Shade Sail Fabric Colours

4. Can we take them down at the end of the day?
Our shade sails are permanent structures. They are designed specifically to be left outdoors 365 days a year and will not need re-tensioning.

5. Why do the structures not need re-tensioning?
Able Shade Sails use stainless steel cables which keep the sails tight and do not allow them to sag over time. This means shade sails will not need re-tensioning.

School Shade Sails

6. Can we attach the sails to our own installed posts?
The posts that we attach the sails to are set in concrete to a maximum depth of 2 metres. If you have existing posts, one of our surveyors will need to come out to examine the posts to see if they are suitable.

7. What is the typical price of a shade sail?
All our products are bespoke so please call us to discuss your requirements. We do have a shade sail price guide which gives some examples of shapes and sizes which can be achieved. Please call us on 0800 389 9072 to receive your guide or email us.

8. What Shade Sail designs do you offer?
Our Shade Sails are available in a range of different designs and sizes and they are all bespoke to your requirements. Click here to view a number of our previous Shade Sail Designs or contact us on 0800 389 9072 for more information.

9. What are Able Post Pads made of?
Able Post Pads are filled with non-absorbent foam for maximum protection. The post pads are manufactured from reinforced PVC are designed with eyelets to drain off water build up.

10. Do you offer supply only?
We are unable to provide a supply only service.

Shade Sails for Amphitheatres

11. How long does it take to install from order?
Once you have decided to order your shade sail from Able Canopies, we can discuss with you available installation dates. Available dates very much depend on the time of year but we always endeavour to get your shade sail installed as soon as possible. With our shade sail, the posts are put in the ground first and allowed to set. Approximately 14 – 21 days later we will then put up the shade sails.

12. Will we need planning consent?
You need to contact your local council to find out if you require planning permission or building regulations. We do offer help with planning. Please contact us for your free planning guide.

13. Have you installed in my area?
We have installed thousands of shade sails, canopies and shelters across the UK. To see installations in your area visit our online gallery.

14. How do we maintain our shade sail?
To maintain your shade sail, we recommend that you periodically hose down the shade cloth to keep its vibrant colour and vitality.

Colourful Shade Sails

15 Can a shade sail be moved after installation?
Yes, the relocation would be charged at an installation only price, but it is possible to move our products to a different location.

16. Does the price include installation and groundworks?
Yes. The price we quote you includes installation and making good around the posts after excavations.

17. Will I be harassed by sales people?
We do not employ commission driven sales people so you will not get hounded with telephone calls. What we do promise, is to contact you once we have sent your quote out to ensure you have everything you need.

18. Will I be getting value for money?
With our shade sail systems you get excellent value for your money. We provide a system which offers quality and longevity at excellent value.

19. Are your workforce DBS checked?
Yes our surveyors and fitting teams are all DBS checked (formally known as CRB checked).

Shade Sails for Parks

For further information about our Shade Sails please click here > Able Shade Sails

Download our canopy shelter and shade sail brochure

Able Canopies Ltd. design, manufacture and install commercial grade canopies, shade sails,
awnings and shelters across the UK. We specialise in servicing the education, leisure,
healthcare and retail sectors and have extensive experience working with
schools, councils, architects and contracting firms.
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Marketing Assistant at Able Canopies Ltd
Christine is Able Canopies' Marketing Assistant Manager and is an advocate of outdoor learning. She is a big fan of fundraising and is always looking for fresh fundraising and outdoor learning ideas to share.

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