Caring For Your Tensile & Shade Structures in Extreme Weather

Caring For Your Tensile & Shade Structures in Extreme Weather

south-street-community-primary-school-shade-sailsAlthough thick snow can be an exciting time for children, it can also be a worrying time for schools and nurseries as heavy snow can cause damage to permanent shade structures if they are not maintained effectivley.

A short while ago I posted some tips for caring for your canopy in extreme weather such as snow, today I am going to offer advice on looking after your shade sails and tensile structures in heavy snow conditions.

If snow is left to build up on your shade sail cloth, it can cause strain on the fixings and damage to the cloth causing it to sag due to the heavy weight of snow.

As soon as snow starts to build up, it is advised that you push a broom skywards so it hits the underneath of the cloth of your structure and pushes the snow onto the ground. Please make sure no one is standing nearby as falling snow could drop down onto them. This simple exercise can be completed by your care taker or handyman with a standard long handled broom.

As explained in my previous post, our shade structures have been tested and calculations have been performed but it is still important to remove snow from the roof of your shade or tensile structure. A build up of heavy snow on your fabric shade structure will cause excess strain and it is therefore advised that the snow is removed regularly as explained above.

Our customer’s health and safety is of high importance to us, please ensure you take the necessary safety precautions when attempting to clear snow from your structure and ensure that children are not playing nearby.

If you have any questions or if you are unsure about how to maintain your shade or tensile structure in extreme weather, please call us on 0800 389 9072 or email us:

Your shade sail or tensile structure can be a valuable asset in the winter by providing extra teaching, eating or seating space. It also offers a covered area for children to sit under and keep sheltered.
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awnings and shelters across the UK. We specialise in servicing the education, leisure,
healthcare and retail sectors and have extensive experience working with
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