Sails are measured, designed and manufactured by our local tradesmen who are available for advice and guidance throughout the whole process of your project, including maintenance. Our shade specialists will listen to your needs and give expert recommendations offering a unique, functional and distinctive design for your home, commercial building or outdoor area.
Structures are available in hip roof style which is purchased in a kit form from a reputable Australian manufacturer.
We can also build coverings for existing structures or assist yourself or your engineer to custom make and install the fabric sections for your own project.
Umbrellas can also be purchased through a catalogue providing a wide range of colours in both cantilever and centre post styles.
Or, our tradesmen are able to re-skin your existing umbrella frame. We offer powder coated aluminium frames and posts, stainless steel fittings and acrylic canvas or shade cloth fabrics for all restorations.
Fittings & Edging play a vital part in any shade product. For most applications we use quality 316 marine grade stainless steel in turn buckles, shackles and wire rope. Using stainless steel provides an aesthetically pleasing and non corrosive finish which compliments all homes. We can also utilise galvanised fittings and nylon ropes for budget conscious projects.
At Stingray Shade & Vinyl, we offer 2 types of edging on shades. Some advantages of using a 50mm seat belt webbing edge include a lighter, easier installation and cost effective product. Whereas a stainless steel wire edging can produce a smaller scallop allowing more shade, and a higher centre tension to eliminate a bellying effect seen in flat sails.
Fabrics in all shade cloth collections offer a different shade protection percentage with generally the darker cloths having the highest protection. Sails can not only be produced from shade cloth fabrics, but also a waterproof shade cloth and vinyl, providing the fall of the sail is of an adequate angle. (Approx 20deg)
Choosing the right colour fabric for your sail should always reflect on not only matching the surrounding building colours, but also the shade protection percentage required, and the chance of animal/tree mess that may occur. Using a darker fabric will give the illusion of a cleaner shade, wheras the lighter fabrics will allow a greater light exposure to the area.
(Fabric sample colours)
Sail Services & Maintenance
Although professionally made shade sails are designed to withstand the harsh outdoor elements in Australia, regular maintenance and attention to high wind warnings must always be considered.
Living in North Queensland can at times pose severe weather threats and removing your shade sails prior to strong wind warnings and cyclones is absolutely necessary.
Removing your shade sail during the winter months is certainly not necessary, but can definitely have some valuable advantages. Doing so can extend your shade sail life by restricting UV exposure to the cloth and thread. Allowing heat onto walls and into windows can reduce winter heating costs and prevents severe moss, mould and lichen build-up in sheltered areas over winter.
Temporarily removing your shade sail can also allow for thorough inspection of all attachment points, correct tensioning and cleaning.
Shade Sail Cleaning
Cleaning your shade sail regularly not only revitalises the visual appearance of the shade, but also ensures a maximum fabric life by reducing any built up residues. Using a mild detergent and a low pressure water spray will remove most stains and residue from your shade.
We offer a cleaning service at Stingray Shade & Vinyl which can include sail removal, clean and inspection of the shade and attachment points, plus re-installation.
On your decision to remove and store your shade sail, it is vital to store it correctly in order to maximize the life of the fabric.
After being cleaned and dried thoroughly, fold all corners in towards the centre of the shade, and then maintain a neat fold when halving each end in to the centre again. Once a long neat strip has been formed, then fold again along the width into a manageable size. The shade must be kept dry and safe from rodents for the duration of this period.
Shade Sail Repairs
After 3-7 years, many sails need re-stitching. Even UV treated heavy duty polyester thread can break down in the harsh NQ sun. This is a simple and worthwhile service which will ensure a full life span out of your sail fabric.
Particularly sails in public areas are also prone to cigarette burns or other types of vandalism. Depending on each unique situation, patches or adjustments can be made in substitution of a complete shade replacement. Replacement/upgraded posts and fittings are also available at Stingray Shade & Vinyl.