Charles Schultz said, “Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.” But if you are already a thought-provoking person, would you not want your home to arouse curiosity in other people as well? While most people decorate their house interiors, exterior beautifications are often overlooked. Fortunately, Shade Sails enhance the appearance of a plain yard.
A touch of shade can bring wonders to any outdoor space. If you are a garden or yard person, then you would want to have a space to work and be comfortable in at the same time. You can read while lounging on your deck or patio while blocking the harsh rays of the sun or pelting drops of rain. Putting up the appropriate Shade Sails in your little stretch of heaven ensures that you get to relax and enjoy what you love doing in the outdoors. But before installing, there are several factors that you need to consider.
Size of the shade sail
Whether for weather protection or purely aesthetic reasons, you decide on how big of a shade sail your yard needs. There are a lot of possible combinations. You can put full shades on the entire garden area. A criss-cross of shades will give you irregularly shaped shadows on the ground, which creates an illusion of space. You can even just put a shade on half of your yard for your furniture while leaving the other half under the elements. While professional installers can suggest possibilities, the final say lies in you.
Your shades cannot stand alone. They need a strong support system before they can be put up into the air. The concrete wall of your house or the carport will not suffice since you need to stretch your sails as far as they can. It would be best if you had sturdy beams made out of steel or timber as your anchor points. If you feel that four posts are not enough, then do not hesitate to add more as reinforcements for your shade sails.
Sun and wind direction
The direction of the sun changes during the day. So do the shadows of your sails. Before putting up your shade, ensure that it is placed in the proper area for the right amount of shading.
Pinpointing heat sources
Shade sails are designed to withstand the scorching heat of the sun. But an electric or gas heat source on your porch or garden is another matter. A barbecue grill or a fire pit should not be directly under your shades, nor should it be near its anchors. You should ensure that it is as far away from the heat source as possible.
How many shade sails do you need?
It depends on how much shade you want your yard to have. You could go for practicality and opt for horizontal shades where all four corners are of the same height. Or if aesthetics matter more to you, you can overlap the sails via slants and angles. There is no need to limit your creativity for there are endless shade decorating possibilities.
Should you decide to buy and install some shade sails for your yard, you first need to assess your yard requirements. And before you go all out in yard decorating, you must also check if you are within the limits of your building code. Once they give the signal, unleash the decorator in you and make your house-front vision into reality.
Mark Henry is a freelance writer and a GOT fan. Apart from writing Technologies, he likes to read & write fiction. More than anything, he loves to spend his time with his family, explaining technologies to the elders