Setting up a shade sail to protect yourself from the sweltering heat of the Florida sun should be a no-brainer. But before you set sail, here are the various factors that you need to bear in mind before having it installed.
Choose the Right Shade Cloth
Several companies sell shade cloths nowadays, making it easier to fall in false advertising traps and making your choice a little harder. But take your time in this stage for your choice of shade cloth makes all the difference.
One of the main benefits of using a shade cloth is that it protects your skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. So ensure that the fabric you choose offers maximum UVR protection. There is no specific standard to classify shade cloths accurately. But Cancer Council NSW advises consumers to choose a shade fabric that is darker and tightly woven since it could better block or absorb UV radiation.
Find a Professional Installer
Professor Stephen Dain, director of the Optics and Radiometry Laboratory of The School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, said shade cloth manufacturing could not be governed since the effect of these products also rely on their installation – which is out of the manufacturer’s control.
For this reason, it is a must that you find a professional installer that knows how to do the job correctly. The shade cloth installation industry remains mostly unregulated despite its rapid growth in the USA. So you should rely on experience. Check your installer’s employment history to know where he has specific qualifications or knows the correct installation process.
Check Your State’s Rules and Regulations
While you might think shade sail installation is simple, there are various rules and regulations that you need to comply with so as not to get in trouble. Though these rules vary depending on the state or council, most of them are aimed at preventing public nuisance or neighbor disturbance.
In many parts of the US, shade cloths are required to be 20 meters maximum in size. Some councils also limit its height to only three meters.
Having a shaded area near your house should feel comfortable, but not preparing for its installation could give you as much headache as comfort.