Residential Shade Sails

Cool Shade

Shade sails (sun shades) are very popular forms of shade. Made in our workshop in Nelson, they are custom fitted and designed for individual needs. We make shade sails for Nelson, Richmond, Tasman, Motueka, Takaka, Golden Bay, Blenheim, Marlborough, Westport, Hokitika and the West Coast. We can also make and ship to anywhere in New Zealand - all we need from you are some standard measurements.


Winner of 2015 OFPANZ Award of Excellence for Shade Sails - Domestic

Stunning Pergola Shade, Mahana, Nelson
Stunning Pergola Shade, Mahana, Nelson

Specifically designed and engineered for your particular site and aesthetic requirements, our shade sails will add value to your home.


Extending your living area outside, you can relax in the knowledge that our shade sails will provide you with many years of enjoyment whilst keeping your family and friends cool and safe from the sun's harmful UV rays. Unlike fixed structures, they will shade you in summer and, when winter comes, they can be easily removed to allow the sun to warm your home.


Shade sails are tensioned fabric membranes that, whilst functional, can be angled, overlapped, joined, shaped and twisted into a virtually limitless variety of soaring, sleek forms.




Linked Shade Sails, Moutere
Linked Shade Sails, Moutere

Shade sails (sun shades) are made in fabrics that are manufactured especially for the purpose.  They are tensioned on stainless steel wire with turnbuckles and shackles attaching them to the support structure.  They are tensioned very tight to ensure they do not flap and the water runs off them.  Shade sails need to be sloped for efficient water run off - which direction they slope is dependent on where the wind and sun are and also where you want the water to run to.


They are best when attached to posts however roof and wall brackets are possible where there is sufficient strength in your building.


There are four different fabric choices - each of which have a different look and functionality (please refer to the colour charts below):


Shade Cloth

Shade cloth is a HDPE fabric and, being loose woven, is porous which helps to avoid water pooling in the sail.  The shade is recorded at up to 95% under the sail and the UV filtering effect is recorded at up to 97% - shade and UV protection is different depending on colour choice.  The fabrics we recommend have a manufacturers limited warranty for 10 years against deterioration in the fabric structure. Some of the brands we carry are fire resistant.  If this is required by you, please ensure you enform us so we can point you towards those fabrics.


Waterproof Shade Cloth

Waterproof shade cloth is shade cloth which has a waterproof coating on the underside.  It looks from the top exactly like a traditional shade sail fabric.


Architectural PVC

Archtectural PVC fabric is waterproof.  It a heavier weight fabric and therefore needs a more robust support system to attach to. Architectural fabrics have a limited warranty of between three and five years although in reality, a much greater life is achieved given normal wear and tear.  Most of these fabrics are fire resistant - please advise us if this is required.


Outdoor Polyester Mesh

Outdoor Polyester Mesh is the same fabric we use for our outdoor blinds and is used for shade in a non-tensioned structure. This tends to be found in roll-out horizontal blinds which are rolled back in when not in use or on structures not requiring highly tensioned shade sails. Outdoor mesh has a limited warranty of between five and ten years depending on the fabric chosen.  UV blockout is up to 90%. Most of these fabrics are Fire Resistant - please advise us if this is required.


We use a UV resistant thread and all hardware associated with the tensioned sails and supplied by us is in stainless steel.


We stock Comshade, Tropicana, PolyFX, Rainbow Z16, Solartex SP and Extrablock shade cloth fabrics. In architectural PVC we stock Ferrari, Polystar F/R, AP1000, Contender Diamond 700 and Mehler. In outdoor mesh we stock Shade View, Sahara, Oasis, and Ferrari.  


No project is too big or too small for our designs, most of which are based on suspended tension systems.

Living Outside, Nelson
Living Outside, Nelson



All our shade sails are made in Nelson in our purpose-built factory. All steps, from design through to installation are controlled by us ensuring you get exactly what you want.


Talk to us now about how we can make a difference for you.



Please click the link below for our range of powdercoating colours:

Fabric Colours & Info

Please note: colours may appear differently on your computer screen from the actual fabric.

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