Fixed Shade/Protection

Sleek & Simple

Telephone: 03 546 6809


These days everyone wants all the bells & whistles, but sometimes simple is the best solution.  Simple doesn't mean ugly though... We've done several jobs (including at my home) where we tension the fabric within the pergola frame - steel or wood, it doesn't matter as long as it is strong enough construction.


We have used both PVC mesh & shadecloth for these designs. When you want edge to edge shade, then PVC mesh is the best choice.  If you want to make a statement with the curves of a shade sail, then shadecloth is what we use.


The first question we get asked is, can I have it waterproof?  Yes you can, but there is one big necessity with tensioned fabric & waterproof - we need a minimum of a 20% slope in at least one corner to make sure the water can run off & there is no chance of ponding. Now, I can hear you say - no way! That's totally extreme! Over-cautious! "In my day we just did it & never had any problems." Well, I trialed it at my place & came home after being away for a month to about a cubic metre of water in my shade sail. Not good...


For shadecloth & PVC mesh, we still need a slope of at least 10% unless you are happy with us putting eyelet drains in the centre to drain any water away.


Commercial or residential, big or small - no problem at all.


Take a look at the photos below to get some ideas.


SunTex® 80/90 by Phifer

Exterior Solar Screens 

SunTex is a unique woven mesh that can block 80-90% of the sun’s hot rays before they enter your window. Perfect for outdoor blinds, exterior solar screens and sun shading applications, SunTex 80/90 fabrics can be used for your window screens, door screens, patio, motorized shade, patio shades, or canopy. Suntex 80 has an Openness Factor of 20% & Suntex 90, 10%.

Exterior Shading and Energy Saving

SunTex exterior shading fabric is made of strong vinyl-coated polyester and is pet resistant. SunTex is mildew and fade resistant and needs only an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water. What you may not know about SunTex 80/90 is that it can help with energy savings by reducing the heating effect of the sun’s rays.

Suntex 80/90 Beige
Suntex 80/90 Beige
Suntex 80/90 Black
Suntex 80/90 Black
Suntex 80/90 Grey
Suntex 80/90 Grey
Suntex 80/90 Stucco
Suntex 80/90 Stucco

Dickson Sunworker 6% - click here for the brochure (please note - not all colours available in NZ)

Caring for Your Shade

To care for your shade panels, wash with a gentle soap solution using a soft brush & rinse with a hose.  Please do not use leave-on chemical products or a waterblaster. They may damage the fabric.