Shade sails offer unparalleled flexibility when it comes to creating a stylish custom shade solution for the garden. Available in many shapes and sizes, these semi-permanent structures can be mounted in almost any position, at any angle and against most surfaces to provide soothing shade for even the most difficult to reach areas.
With scientific research highlighting the dangers of prolonged sun exposure, a safe shaded area in the garden is a fantastic idea for protecting friends and family from harmful UV rays. A garden shade sail offers invaluable sun protection - with minimum 90% UV ray protection on all Kookaburra shade sails - whilst making a stylish and colourful addition to the garden.
Quick and Easy Installation
Permanent garden shade structures like canopies, gazebos and awnings are fantastic for their sturdy, durable framework but sometimes a lightweight alternative is just what's needed. Shade sails are so effective because a single sheet of UV resistant fabric can be tensioned in such a wide variety of ways.
Installing a shade sail is just a matter of creating the necessary tension in each corner and fixing to a sturdy surface. Aside from that you are free to experiment with the way in which you angle your shade sail and even the surface to which you attach. Our customers have used wooden, metal and concrete posts, conservatory walls and even trees as mounting points highlighting the versatility of the shade sail.
Use in Schools
The growing popularity of garden sails can be evidenced by the number of schools now employing them in playgrounds across the country. The sails can be set up to cover otherwise exposed areas and provide a safe environment for children to enjoy the outdoors without the risk of sunburn.
Shade sails have long been popular in the southern hemisphere for their sun protection benefits. However, most sails are typically made with a loose weave fabric which allows heat to escape from under the garden sail and maintains a cool temperature when sat in the shade. This is critically important in Australia or South Africa where temperatures are regularly very high and a place to cool off is a necessary requirement. But in the UK we tend to have more temperamental weather - a little colder and a lot wetter - which inspired Kookaburra to create a different type of shade sail.
Kookaburra waterproof shade sails are made with a tighter weave which causes rainwater to simply run off the fabric. In Australia this would make it devilishly hot when sat under the sail with the sun beating down from above. But since we rarely get the same kind of temperatures the Australians are used to, there is little issue with keeping all that heat in under the shade sail; we like to think of it as an added bonus. And when you pair that with the knowledge the fabric will keep you nice and dry if an unexpected downpour breaks out, you've got the best of both worlds with a Kookaburra shade sail.