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Are Shade Sails Waterproof?

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Awnings, Blog, Sun Shade Sails

Shade sails are a popular and attractive addition to any yard or patio. They provide much-needed shade on hot days and can add a decorative touch to your outdoor space. But are they waterproof? The answer is yes and no. 

This blog explains everything you need to know about sun shade sails, including whether they are waterproof or not. Read on. 

What Are Shade Sails?

A shade sail is a large fabric canopy suspended in the air to provide shade to an outdoor area. It is a cost-effective option for enjoying an outdoor space without worrying about the scorching sun. It can effectively block UV rays and keep your outdoor area at least 10 degrees cooler. 

 Sun shade sails come in various colors and shapes, including square, rectangular, or triangular shade sails. It is advisable to go for lighter-colored shade sails as they are more effective at blocking UV rays. 

Sun shade sails have durable stainless steel rings at each corner, making them easy to set up by attaching them to any sturdy connection point. You can use a shade sail on your patio, deck, play area, pool, pergola, or even as a car canopy. 

Standard vs. Waterproof Shade Sails

There are two primary types of shade sails:

  • Standard shade sails
  • Waterproof shade sails

Regular or standard sun shade sails are not waterproof. Manufacturers use a porous fabric that allows the water to run through. In other words, everything under a standard shade sail will get wet as soon as it rains. 

Manufacturers started developing waterproof sun shade sails due to an increased demand for an all-weather solution. They often use a waterproof PVC fabric to make waterproof shade sails. The fabric is a composite of woven polyester yarn with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coating on both sides.

This PVC coating serves as a protective weather barrier. Waterproof shade sails also include plasticizers to enhance the fabric’s flexibility. PVC fabrics are also durable and can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance. 

Besides protecting you from the sun, waterproof sun shade sails will keep the area beneath them dry when it rains. That means you can enjoy your outdoor space throughout the year, no matter the weather conditions. 

You can use a waterproof sun shade sail for any purpose around your home. However, these shade sails are ideal for walkways, residential carports, and commercial car parks, allowing you to get to and from your destination without worrying about getting wet. 


Sun shade sails are a cost-effective solution for providing sun protection over your outdoor spaces. A shade sail can be standard or waterproof, depending on the material used in making them. Waterproof shade sails are ideal for keeping your outdoor area dry even when it rains.

If you are looking for high-quality waterproof shade sails, contact Van Nuys Awning Co, Los Angeles’ leading supplier of shade products. Call us today at (818) 782-8607 whether you need a rectangle, square, or triangle shade sail in Los Angeles, CA or the Tri-County area of southern california.

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Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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