DIY Installation Guide

Congratulations on choosing your shade sail from Commercial Shade Sails, Australia’s premier supplier of commercial shade solutions.

Your shade sail will arrive with a full set of the necessary fixtures. Check your delivery for all parts and contact us without delay if you believe anything is missing.

Choose a day or mild weather to install, with no rain and no wind, and follow these step-by-step instructions.

Important tips for ongoing maintenance

Be sure to keep your shade sail clean. Remove any bird or bat droppings and dirt or leaves. If such materials are left unattended they can wear out your shade sail prematurely. Please note that degradation due to third-party agents or materials affecting the cloth is not covered by the manufacturers or company warranty against UV degradation.

Keep your shade sails clear of fires, as burning embers can damage them, even the ones that are fire-retardant or have self-extinguishing properties.

Do not use a pressure cleaner on your shade sail, as you can damage the fabric with it. Damage caused by pressure cleaners is not covered under the warranty.

To keep your shade sail clean, use a soft broom, everyday hose and non-caustic soap or detergent.

Shade Sail DIY

DIY installation guide for Commercial Shade Sails

  1. Lay the sail on the floor in the approximate position under the correct connection points with the seams and turnovers facing up. This will give the sail a smooth and neater appearance underneath.
  2. First, connect the points with shackles (not turnbuckles) only.
  3. Next, attach the corners with turnbuckles. If you need to, use a piece of rope to pull the corners to where you can attach the turnbuckles. Make sure the turnbuckles are at full extension. Do not tighten yet.
  4. Connect all points leaving the tension cable exit point (the point with the wire grips around the tension cable) until last. These grips may need a small release to allow the exit point to be attached. Tighten the grips at this point.
  1. Use some lubricant such as anti-seize to prevent the stainless turnbuckles from binding up.
  2. Now you can tension each corner a bit at a time. Take your time to make sure the sail pulls out evenly. The sail is designed to have each corner hold an equal amount of load. Do not pull one corner all the way in before tightening the others.
  3. Stop tightening when the sail is smooth and firm. Extra tightening may be required in a few weeks’ time. Do not over-tighten the sail or conversely leave the sail loose. Your sail will last many years when it is tensioned correctly.
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