Commercial Shade Sails
Four Seasons’ Commercial Shade Sails are the perfect solution to create a more enjoyable outdoor space. These tensile fabric structures provide shade and UV protection for any commercial outdoor space. Their unique design adds an artistic flair that blends beautifully with your company’s current branding.
The perfect designer look for your outdoor space from city parks to resorts, shade sails make a big statement. At Four Seasons we are committed to enriching communities and protecting your customers and staff as they work, play, relax and live. Our Shade Sails are fabricated to protect from harmful UV rays while incorporating your unique style to transform your outdoor space into a one-of-a-kind oasis. Whether it’s an outdoor patio, playground, or living space, we custom manufacture each sail to meet your vision while offering comfort and protection.
Your vision, along with our experience and premium quality, will develop a structure unique to your needs. We will help you establish a welcoming and comfortable environment guaranteed to make a great first impression.
Four Seasons Shade Structures are as unique as your business. We can incorporate custom features into the design such as:
- Customized size and shape.
- Can be integrated into existing patio structures and pergolas.
- Several fabric color options and patterns.
Our team is highly experienced in working with architects, contractors, and developers to ensure every shade sail we manufacture looks great and is built to last.
Four Seasons’ custom fabricated shade sail system has been tested and proven to meet stringent performance requirements. All Four Seasons® products feature superior quality construction, exceptional durability, ease of installation, and long-lasting beauty.
Our Shade Sail Systems can be used for many different applications, including:
- Retail buildings
- Schools and universities
- Shopping centers
- Office buildings
- Industrial warehouses
- Renovation projects
- Outdoor spaces
- Hotels and resorts
Built to meet the highest demands:
The design possibilities are endless, with a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors. Due to the flexible configuration options, shade sails are an extremely practical solution for irregular landscapes and spaces that need targeted sun protection from a specific direction. They are seen by many architects and design professionals as more appealing from an architectural perspective, given the multitude of options for configuration and cost-effectiveness when compared to traditional shade structures.
- Key Features
- Component Profiles & Sizes
- Resources & Documents
- Shade Sail Design Guidelines
Seamless, robust designs capable of spanning large areas. We custom fabricate each shade sail to ensure our customer’s criteria are met.
- Marine Grade stainless steel hardware.
- Highly customizable widths, heights, and shapes.
- Perfect shading solution for irregular outdoor spaces and landscaping.
- Choose from a wide selection of fabric patterns and colors.
- Made in the USA.
*Four Seasons highly recommends removing all shade sails when there is a chance of any snow accumulation.
- Increase usable outdoor space by providing you invaluable UV protection for patrons and visitors.
- A stunning architectural signature look.
- Superior durability that will last for years.
- Increase brand awareness with a unique architectural design that will stand out.
If you are installing a shade sail in an area that experiences snow showers, we highly recommend that they be removed and stored before winter and be reinstalled in the spring.
Four Seasons does not offer field survey or installation services for shade sails. Below is a link to our shade sail installation video.
- Written Installation Instructions – COMING SOON
- Video Installation Instructions
Four Seasons provides detailed submittal drawings for each project. We use these drawings to communicate to our clients exactly what you are purchasing. Samples or color charts will be provided with the drawings to ensure the clients get exactly what you envision.
- Fabric Material Color Charts & Specs:
- Measuring For a Shade Sail Instructional Video
- Written Specs – COMING SOON
- Product Specs – COMING SOON
- Brochure – COMING SOON
Shade Sail Guidelines
Shade Sails may have up to a 30′ longest edge on a triangle or 40′ longest edge on a quadrilateral.
Long skinny shapes (narrowest edge less than 1/2 the length of the longestedge) should always be avoided.
A cable to a remote attachment point may extend one corner; otherwise the corners should be fixeddirectly to a post or an adequate fixing point. Use of extending cables allows the membrane to move too much which increases shock loading and reduces life expectancy of the Sail material.
Flat shapes such as triangles must be canted adequately to keep them from “puddling” during rain. Aslope of 1:4 is the recommended minimum. With larger triangles or
flat sails slope is even more imperative. Failure to have enough slope will cause puddling andexcessive sag which can cause a membrane to fail.
When possible, a twisted shaped is preferred such as a hyperbolic parabola. This
imparts a 3rd dimension of tension into the membrane. Another way to get this 3rd dimension is to have one corner of the quadrilateral much higher than the other corners. (High Point Sail)Membranes with 3 dimensions and are not relying on just edge tension, have a more even distribution of forces. Flat 2-dimensional sails tend to concentrate forces at the corners and edges; A Shade Sail is only as strong as its weakest point. Therefore, a flat 2-dimensional sail is not as strong as a 3 dimensional form and will not last as long when exposed to the same conditions.
All sails should have a recommended 1:4 slope or more. Hyperbolic and “High Point” shaped sailsshould have height difference that creates a minimum 1:4 slope from high to low fixing points. This is the minimum to start getting the 3 dimensional effects and more slope looks and performs better
Sails should not be allowed to stay up in the event of snow. Long-term loading will stretch the fabric. Shade Sails made properly will actually hold snow stretching the material out to where it will not regain its original shape.
Overlapping sails should have a minimum of 18” of separation to avoid chafe. Movement in highwinds can cause close sails to touch and they will suffer chafe damage in a very short time.
When these rules are followed you can expect much less movement of theShade Sail and therefore longer life.
It is the installer’s responsibility to understand and follow these rules and recommendations.