Shade Sail Installation Instructions
Installation of Shade Sails
Prior to installation of a Shade Sail, it is good to check with local
authorities (Council) for any relevant building regulations which may
Before you begin installation it is very important that you consider
the most suitable location for your shade sail(s). Take into account the
- Size of the shade sails
- Strength of existing structures intended to be anchor points
- Location of barbecues, sun direction, high wind areas, electrical/telephone cables, water pipes etc.
There could be other factors, specific to each situation, which may require consideration.
POSSIBLE SAIL CONSTRUCTIONS
Resort Style (Triangular Sail):
For a Resort Style effect we recommend constructing the
triangle sail with one end at a low point and two ends at higher points.
Example shown in the picture below.
Hyperbolic Style (Square Sail):
For a Hyperbolic style we recommend constructing the
sail with two diagonal ends at a high point and two ends at diagonal
When establishing the sails' lower points, make sure they are suitable for water run-off
DETERMINING THE CORRECT POINTS
Once you have identified the location for your shade
sail(s) it is important to determine the most suitable fixing points for
the sails' corners. Some of these fixing points could already exist
(E.g. pergola, sundeck, large tree, fence post or fascia). This stage of
installation is critical. You should ensure all fixing points are
structurally sound, and if unsure about fixing points, obtain secondary
advice from a builder or engineer. A fixing height of at least 2.4m
is suggested. In the chosen area, lay out the sail in a relaxed state
to determine suitable fixing points. Allow a minimum of an additional
10% of sail length between each fixing point and the end of the Sail's
fixing accessory for tensioning. Consider relevant building regulations,
sun direction and surrounding hazardous elements. See example in
Attaching to Fascia:
If you intend to fix your shade sail to a fascia, the
use of a Fascia Support is strongly recommended. The Fascia Support is
used to connect the overhangs of ratters or trusses to fascias giving
strong connection between the two and improving strength. Fascia
Supports are available from your local hardware outlet.
Attaching to trees:
We recommend that the fixing of shade sails to trees be
for TEMPORARY USE ONLY. The diameter of the tree where the sail will be
fixed must be at least 250mm.
SELECTING FIXING ACCESSORIES
There is an extensive range of certified Coolaroo fixing
accessories available to secure your shade sail(s). These accessories
are readily available from your normal supplier.
Important: At least TWO of the sail's fixing accessories must be tensioning devices.
A rope or chain can be used to extend your shade sail to
a fixing point if required. Select the fixing accessories which best
suit your own installation. See picture below for example of possible
combinations of fixing accessories.
CONNECTING THE SHADE SAIL
Connect fixing accessories to mounting points as
required. Ensure all accessories face towards the middle of the sail and
Connect all points, using a strap-tensioning tool if necessary to
gain increased leverage. Stop tensioning when the shade sail is rigid
with a little or no creases.
These instructions are to be used as a guide only.
Installation requirements can vary depending on factors such as soil
types, anchor points, wind conditions in your region, etc. The
manufacturer accepts no responsibility for installations. If you are
unsure about your specific installation requirements, please consult
with a qualified builder or engineer.
If additional posts are required, galvanized steel posts
are suitable and are available from either your hardware outlet or
steel supplier. Steel posts can be cut to predetermined lengths and
painted to a color matching your shade sail and environment. We
recommend the use of a minimum 100mm diameter round or 100 x 100mm
square galvanized steel post with at least 4mm thickness. An angle of at
least 10 degrees is also recommended for steel posts sloping away from
the center of the sail.
We recommend the use of a minimum of 125mm diameter
treated timber posts. An angle of at least 20 degrees is also
recommended for timber posts sloping away from the center of the sail.
Consult your local timber merchant for the appropriate class of treated
timber for your region.
Dig footings with the center of the footings as the approximate location point of the sail. Dig footing holes as illustrated.
Lay a 100mm (4") depth of 20mm (3/4") diameter gravel at the base of the post. Add concrete and brace post on angle.
Pour a 100mm (4") depth of concrete at the bottom of the
hole to provide a solid pad. Allow to set. Add gravel, post and the
required amount of concrete. Temporarily brace the posts on angle.
Mix concrete in line with manufacturer's instructions.
These will be labeled clearly on the packet. Rapid Set concrete is not
recommended. Your local concrete supplier will be able to give you any
special advice you may require for your own conditions.
Pour concrete to the top of the footing hole ensuring it
is packed well. Make sure the concrete surface is sloping away from the
posts to assist water drainage. Allow poles to set in concrete for a
minimum of 48 hours. Brace if required.
Your Coolaroo shade sail is designed to provide UV
protection and comfort in domestic areas. When selecting the position
for your shade sail, ensure all fixing points are structurally sound and
fixings are tightly secured. Inspect regularly. Prior to installing,
consult your local council/authorities regarding building regulations
which may apply in your area. Exposure to certain chemicals, e.g
chlorine, can lead to the premature breakdown of the fabric. Chemicals
to be used on or around the fabric should be referred to Coolaroo
regarding their use. Do not have fire or open flame close to the fabric.
Do not use your barbecue under the shade structure. Temporarily remove
your Coolaroo Shade Sail while strong wind conditions exist.
Your Shade Sail(s) may be cleaned at any time using a
solution of mild detergent and water. Apply the solution with a sponge
or a very soft brush. Let the solution stand on the fabric for 10
minutes and then rinse thoroughly with water from your garden hose. DO
NOT put the fabric in your washing machine, clothes drier, or scrub with
a stiff brush, scouring pad or an abrasive cleaner.