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 Townsville can, at times, pose severe weather threats. Removing your shade sails prior to strong wind warnings and cyclones is absolutely necessary.
Taking down your shade sail during winter is not necessary but has some valuable advantages depending on the design of your property. Doing so can extend your sail's life by restricting UV exposure to the cloth and thread. Allowing heat onto walls and into windows reduces winter heating costs and prevents severe moss, mould and lichen build-up in sheltered areas over winter.
Many sails need re-stitching after 3–7 years. Even UV-treated, heavy-duty polyester thread can break down in the harsh North Queensland sun. This is a simple and worthwhile service, which ensures a longer-lasting product.
Sails, particularly in public areas, are also prone to cigarette burns or other types of vandalism. Depending on the damage, patches or adjustments can be made in substitution of a complete shade replacement. At Stingray Shade & Vinyl, we offer replacement posts and fittings.