Shade Sails

Telephone: 03 546 6809


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.


Bank Lane, Nelson
Bank Lane, Nelson

Specifically designed and engineered for your particular site and aesthetic requirements, our shade sails will provide you with many years of use, enjoyment and protection from both rain and the sun's harmful UV rays.


Extending your area outside, you can relax in the knowledge that our shade sails will provide you with many years of enjoyment whilst keeping you 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 in.


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 are made in fabrics that are manufactured especially for the purpose.  


Shade sails  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 that 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.




Our tensioned shade sails are made with:

  • Reinforced corners with stainless steel rings
  • Stainless steel wire rope inside reinforced seams
  • Stainless steel tensioners and shackles
  • UV resistant thread


There are 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 - 15 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 inform 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


Architectural 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.







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Repair & Removal

Whilst your shade sail is designed to be up all year, taking it down in the winter months is a good way of extending its longevity.  This is an opportunity to carry out regular cleaning , checking and repairing.


We provide a service to all our customers to remove their sails, clean and check them, repair if necessary and reinstate when required.


Please call us for prices for this service.

Richmond Primary School Shade Sail


"Many thanks to Transport and Marine Covers Ltd for replacing the old shade sails over the Junior Adventure Playground. The old ones were 17 or 18 years old and it was time for new, brightly colored ones! Must say they look great!"



Tim Brenton

Richmond School Principal

We donated a shade sail to the Nelson Cycle Trail - Enjoy the Shade!
We donated a shade sail to the Nelson Cycle Trail - Enjoy the Shade!

Nelson Cycle Trail Shade Sail


"Thank you and Transport and Marine Covers Ltd for providing this tremendous asset at the top viewing point of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail on Tasman View Road. The area and shade will be appreciated by the many people riding this route, especially during the next summer months when we expect a considerable growth in use with this Mapua to Motueka now complete."



Stuart Hughes

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

Project Manager



Our shade sails have featured in the US-based Specialty Fabrics Magazine:

Permeable Shade Cloth

Architectural PVC

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

Powdercoating Colours