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What Size Shade Sail Do I Need?

by | May 20, 2023 | Sun Shade Sails

If you’re looking for a durable and high-quality shade sail in Los Angeles, Van Nuys Awning Co. is the business to call. Every year, our sales team receives hundreds of calls from curious residents with questions like, “What size shade sail do I need?” or, “Does a brightly colored custom shade sail offer the same UV protection as a darker model?” We’re here to answer your questions and provide you with quality products.

Our shade sails can withstand windy conditions, hail, and other adverse weather effects without tearing or puncturing. However, they must fit into many triangular and irregularly shaped front and back yards, so we make them in personalized sizes for many clients. Knowing which kind of custom shade sail to buy can be challenging, often requiring a detailed discussion with landscaping consultants.

Here are a few tips to help you determine the size of shade sail you’ll need for your yard from our experienced specialists. For more information about personalizing your unit, see our contact details below.

Choosing the Best Shade Sail Size for Outdoor Living

If you want to get the right-sized shade sail, you’ll have to have an understanding of the area you want to cover.

Measuring Your Cover for a Standard Backyard

Shade sails can cover a broad range of outdoor living spaces. We make models for dining areas, poolside decks, and even hydroponic gardens at Van Nuys Awning Co. Determining the sail size that would fit your yard starts by understanding the location and the environmental challenges it presents.

Real estate laws can be complex in Los Angeles, and some homeowners’ associations do not allow members to add trees, poles, or external structures that can serve as attachment points for a new shade sail.

If you can find support points for your sail, half your work is done. It can be lamp posts, veranda pillars, or anything that could help your custom shade sail or window covering withstand windy conditions without collapsing. Mark down these attachment points to learn the measurements of your customized order.

Smaller shade sails are more aerodynamic and will impose lesser forces on their attachment points. Larger ones will require sturdier adhesives and pillars. Shade sails must be stretched and taut regardless of their sizes so they don’t become catch basins for rainwater during wet seasons.

When answering a question like “What size shade sail do I need?” specialists recommend specifying backyard dimensions and distances between sail attachment points to create a perfect fit.

Measuring the Dimensions of a Square or Triangular Shade Sail

Learning the requisite dimensions for a rectangular or square shade sail entails running a tape measure from attachment point A to B, then B to C. Triangular shade sails require measurements from point A to B, then B to C, then finally, C to A.

Contact a Professional Today

Learn more about the answers to questions like “What size shade sail do I need?” or “What material works best for my climate?” by viewing a guide to shade sails. You can also call the Van Nuys Awning Co. hotline at (818) 782-8607 for a free consultation.

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

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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