Here’s some helpful FAQ’s from a Gold Coast expert in shade sails

When you’ve been in the shade sails industry for as long as we have, it’s understandable that you’ll know a thing or two about them. We’ve been manufacturing and installing custom shade sails for residential and commercial clients since 1996. If you have any questions that are not answered below or you’d like a free quote, please give us a call.

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All the shade sail fabrics that we use have a manufacturer's warranty lifespan of 10-12 years.

All our shade sails and structures are custom designed and made for any area, domestic, commercial, and industrial.

Shade cloths and colours have different shade and UV-R factors. For example, black has 99% UV-R and 97% shade. Visit our Fabrics and Colours page to learn more.

All the fixing points attached to your property have been individually engineered for Anthony's Shade Sails. Each application is unique which is why we custom design and manufacture sails to fit.

Each job requires different size posts and footings. All posts are Duragal or galvanised and powder coated in the colour of your choice. A typical post for a 40-square metre shade sail is 100x100x4mm with concrete footings of 350x1000mm. Flange base posts are bolted to an existing concrete slab of a 200mm thickness.

Depending on the size, it generally takes 3 weeks from deposit to completed job. All fitting points and posts are manufactured and installed first, then measured from point to point and custom made in our sail loft.

At Anthony's Shade Sails we can source many different materials as required for different applications. We use H.V.G. Solarblock and Extrablock shade cloth that has a 12-year manufacturer's warranty. We also use DRI-Z waterproof shade cloth which has a 5-year manufacturer's warranty. Ferrari PVC vinyl waterproof membranes have a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

Yes. We can wash, restitch, and repair shade sails.

Shade cloth shade sails are not waterproof; however, we can offer alternative materials such as DRI-Z waterproof shade cloth and PVC vinyl waterproof that will make your shade sails waterproof.

We recommend that you take down your shade sails in 'high winds' and when severe storm warnings are issued. We do not define 'high winds' as it depends a lot on the age and the area of the shade sails.

No. The material we use is fade resistant and mold resistant for the expected lifespan of the material (depending on environment and conditions). Everything fades slowly over time if it is exposed to UV rays, wind, and rain.

We give a 12-month warranty on our workmanship and the manufacturer has a 10-12-year warranty on the fabric.

Yes. We hold a QBCC structural metal fabrication and erection licence number 1162089.

Yes. If required we can provide an engineer's certificate form 15 and 16.

Yes. Waterproof can be considerably more expensive than regular shade cloth.


There are many factors which have a bearing on the maintenance required for shade sails. We recommend that you give them a good hose down twice a year and do an inspection of them every 2 years. We provide a wash, restitch, and repair service.