Shade Sails

Versatile, practical and easily maintained, Able Shade Sails offer extremely high levels of UV protection combined with strength and durability. They are available in a wide range of colours, allowing you to create colourful designs to complement or contrast with your surroundings.

Our Shade Sails are manufactured and installed with the same attention to detail as all our products to give you a perfect structure to enjoy.

Able Shade Sails offer great potential within the leisure sector to create visually stunning aesthetics whilst enhancing the comfort and safety of customers and staff.

Commercial Shade Sails

Our Able Shade Sails are commercial grade structures and are therefore not suitable for domestic installations. Your site must have enough space to accommodate the posts that support the sails and the foundations that the posts are fixed into.

Click here to read our Shade Sail F.A.Q’s >

Features and Benefits:

  • High UV Protection from the Sun – The fabric blocks up to 96.5% of UV rays depending on the colour of the fabric chosen
  • Up to 6m Widths – Each sail is available up to 6m wide for the standard fabric and up to 3m wide for the dual colour fabric
  • High Strength Fabric – The fabric is 340gsm (350gsm for dual colours) knitted UV stabilised HDPE which will not rot or absorb moisture
  • High Tear Strength – 194N in warp and 282N in weft
  • Lock Stitched – Sail fabric is lock stitched using advanced technology to allow for more air movement and better channelling of cooling breezes
  • Wide Range of Colours – A range contemporary fabric colours to choose from including our striking dual colours – see the colours tab for more information
  • Choice of Sail Shapes – Square, rectangular and triangular sails available
  • Robust Posts – Hot dip galvanised posts as standard, for ultimate corrosion protection
  • Fire Retardant – With a flammability index of 1, ignitability index of 13, spread of flame index of 8, heat evolved index of 3 and smoke developed index of 6
  • Toxin Free – The fabric is 100% lead and Phthalate free for a healthier environment
  • 10 Year Warranty – The fabric is supplied with a 10 year warranty against UV degradation
  • Up to 25 Year Life Expectancy – The galvanised steel posts have a life expectancy of up to 25 years
  • Installation Included – Fully installed by our trained and DBS checked teams of fitters

Design & Specification


Download our technical files for our Shade Sails including the product data sheet and the .PDF, .DWG, .IGES and .STL files:

Product Data Sheet:

Click here to view the Shade Sails Technical Specification Sheet 

Technical File Downloads:


High Point & Hypar

Standard designs include high point and hypar. A high point has one corner of the shade sail at a higher point than the other corners. A hypar has two opposite corners of the shade sails at a high point and two opposite corners at a low point.

Excellent Fire Performance

Our standard shade sail fabric has an extremely high ignition point and low flammability:
Flammability index: 1
Ignitability index: 13
Spread of flame index: 8
Heat evolved index: 3
Smoke developed index: 6

The dual colour fabric has:
Flamability index: 38
Ignitability index: 14
Spread flame index: 8
Heat evolved index: 3
Smoke developed index: 4

Easy Maintenance

This product requires only periodic cleaning. For lasting results they should be hosed down with water occasionally to retain visually stunning aesthetics at all times.

UV Protection

The fabric blocks up to 96.5% of UV rays.

The Dual Colour fabric blocks up to 93.6% of UV rays depending on the colour of the fabric as shown below:
Amazonia – 92.4%
Capri – 92.1%
Chameleon – 90.3%
Citrus – 91.9%
Cobblestone – 93.6%
Gold Rush – 91.5%
Macaw – 90.7%
Maldives – 90.9%
Santotini – 92.2%
Savanna – 92.3%
Sunburst – 90.6%
Topaz – 90.6%

Tensile Strength:

Standard Fabric:
Warp: 184 N
Weft: 347 N

Dual Colour Fabric:
Warp: 327 N
Weft: 245 N


Please see below the NBS specs and BIM models for you to download and add to your project.



Colour Options


The sail fabric is available in a choice of vibrant and contemporay colours.
Click here to view the Shade Sail Colours Options


Able Shade Sail Posts are supplied hot dip galvanised as standard.


“Very pleased with the installation which was completed with very little disruption”
Barrington Primary School, Kent – Shade Sail

“Installed on time and on budget by a friendly, professional installation team – well done!”
White Hall Academy, Essex – Shade Sail

“Many, many thanks to the whole team at Able Canopies for our great shade sails, with best wishes from the children and staff at Kents Hill Infants.”
Kents Hill Infant School, Essex – Shade Sail

“The canopy we had installed is excellent, it provides excellent shelter for the children it’s a great size and sets off our preschool lovely. The Windsail also looks lovely in the main garden.”
Wordsley Pre School & Playgroup, West Midlands – Shade Sail

Click here to view more of our recent Customer Testimonials >

Why Choose Able Canopies

Able Canopies have been manufacturing and supplying Shade Sails to 1000’s of commercial organisations for over 19 years. We assign a dedicated project team to each order, ensuring that your product is delivered and installed on time with no disruptions or communication errors along the way. To read more about our company click here > About Able Canopies

Because all of our canopies and shelters are manufactured in-house, we are happy to make any modifications required by you to ensure that your shade sail is suitable for your needs, call us today to discuss your specific requirements.

Product Brochure

Download our product brochure to view our full range of shade sails:

Download Shade Sail Brochure

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