How to Choose Shade Sails for a Residential Property

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Shade sails are a great alternative to an awning or other such covering, as the fabric material makes the covering very homey and inviting, and allows for some versatility in how they're stretched over an outdoor space. You can adjust the tilt and location of shade sails more readily than other fixtures for when the sun moves across the sky or you want protection from wind or a light rain.

Not all shade sails are alike, so note a few tips when it comes to choosing the ones you need for your residential property. This will ensure you're happy with your shade sails and know how to use them properly for many years to come.

1. Note the material

Canvas is a good material for letting in some air and allowing for a more comfortable space outdoors, while nylon may keep out wind and rain much more readily but may not allow for those nice breezes you enjoy on warmer days. If your home is located in the tropics or anyplace with a lot of rainfall, the nylon material may be the better option. On the other hand, if rain is sparse but it's often warm outside, something that allows for added breezes is often better, and the canvas material can mean more air circulation and not trapping heat underneath the shade sail.

2. Choose the right size

Don't choose a smaller size of sail simply because you want to save money. Not only will you be missing out on some shade, but remember that the shade sail also protects your outdoor space from rain and snow. A larger size sail can more easily be stretched and pulled down along one side, directing rain and snow away from your patio and outdoor space. This can mean less risk of your patio furniture rusting or getting mould or mildew and less damage to your outdoor barbecue. Opt for a larger size you can stretch and pull over the entire space of your patio even if it means spending a bit more than planned.

3. Consider colour and sunlight

Don't assume that a dark shade sail will make your patio space warmer, as the amount of sunlight the shade sail allows through is affected by the weave of the fabric and if it's coated with any reflective materials, not just the colour. A lighter shade sail may allow in more sunlight simply because the weave is so loose, so your space is actually warmer under that lighter sail than a darker one. If you're worried about actual shade from the sun, ask about the transparency of the sail rather than just choosing a lighter colour and assuming it will be cooler.


22 February 2017

Creating A Stylish And Functional Kitchen On A Budget

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and as someone who enjoys cooking, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and need it to be functional and easy to maintain. In the past, I sacrificed style for functionality, but as I use my kitchen frequently, I wanted the space to be aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to spend time in. I began reading interior design and home improvement books to gain some inspiration for transforming my kitchen without breaking the bank, and I now have a kitchen that's stylish and does what I need it to do. The kitchen is often overlooked when it comes to home decor, so I started this blog to share what I've learned with others who don't want to spend time cooking in an ugly, outdated room. I hope you find my blog useful.