Residential Shade Sails
Four Seasons’ Custom Fabricated Residential Shade Sails are the perfect solution to create a more enjoyable outdoor space by providing shade and UV protection. Their unique design adds an artistic flair that blends beautifully with your home’s architectural elements.
If the summer heat and blazing hot sun is preventing you from using and enjoying your yard or outdoor area during the peak summer months our residential shade sails can help. These innovative pieces are designed to perfectly suit your space and create shade without taking up additional ground space or adding a new visually appealing structure to your yard. Shade sails provide invaluable protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and greatly reduce the temperature by blocking direct sunlight to your yard allowing you to sit outdoors and comfortably enjoy your yard.
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 home. 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:
- Schools and universities
- Renovation projects
- Outdoor spaces
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 design 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. Fabricated to withstand the elements and the rigor of the most demanding conditions. We custom fabricate each shade sail to ensure our customer’s criteria are met.
- Rust and maintenance-free.
- 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 family, friends, and guests.
- Superior durability that will last for years.
- Providing a unique architectural design that will stand out.
If you are installing a shade sail in an area that experiences any snow accumulation, we highly recommend that they be removed and stored before winter storms and be reinstalled in the late spring to ensure damage doesn’t occur to your sail.
Four Seasons does not offer installation services engineered drawings for shade sails. For information on installation please click on the installation tab for video instructions.
Four Seasons does not offer installation services for shade sails. Below is a link to our shade sail installation video.
- Written Installation Instructions
- 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 Color Charts & Specs:
- Measuring For a Shade Sail Instructional Video
- 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.