4 Common Misconceptions About Shade Sails

4 Common Misconceptions About Shade Sails

Shade sails are one of the most popular shade products used across both commercial and residential applications here in Sydney. While most people understand that shade sails are an affordable and versatile shade solution, many people also have several misconceptions about them.

As the owner of Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds, today I will list some of the most common myths surrounding shade sails. Hopefully, you’ll learn something new about shade sails in today’s article.

1. Shade sails make areas stuffy

One of the most common misconceptions about shade sails is that they make the area underneath stuffy and uncomfortable. This is very far from the truth. Shade sails, such as those we offer here at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds are made out of special woven fabrics. While these fabrics block out the sun’s rays, they are breathable and allow heat and air circulation. Due to this, the shade provided by shade sails is usually cool and comfortable.

2. Shade sails can get vandalised

While this may be possible, it does not commonly happen. Over 20 years, we’ve seen only a handful of instances where shade sails have been vandalised. This is because of the design of a shade sail itself. Shade sails are suspended above the ground with the help of poles or attachment points. Considerable effort is needed to intentionally vandalise a shade sail – which is not something the average vandal would bother to do.

Moreover, high-quality shade sails, such as ours, are manufactured using special fire-retardant fabrics. Therefore, they will no burn – intentionally or unintentionally.

3. All shade sails are all waterproof

Waterproof shade sails

Waterproof shade sails at Royal Hotel 3 Beer Garden (Lemon 205)

Many people have the impression that all shade sails are waterproof. However, this is not true – only certain types of shade sails made out of special waterproof fabrics are waterproof.

At Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds, we specialise in manufacturing both waterproof and non-waterproof shade sails. We make use of unique fabrics with a special waterproof coating to ensure complete weather protection.

4. All shade solutions offer sun protection

This is probably the biggest myth surrounding shade sails and shade solutions in general. Most people think that staying in the shade is all that is required for sun protection. However, it is not the sun’s light but the sun’s UV rays that are harmful to the skin. UV rays pass through surfaces, and they can cause harm even when you are in the shade.

That’s why it’s so important to get high quality, high UV protection shade sails, instead of relying on natural shade or other inferior shade solutions. Our shade sails are capable of offering up to 99% UVR protection. You should not expect the same level of protection from ordinary shade sails offered by local retailers.  Be sure to inspect the UVR rating carefully before making a purchase.


There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding shade sails. Some of these are that shade sails make the area underneath stuffy and uncomfortable, that they can get vandalised easily, that all types of shade sails are waterproof and that all shade solutions offer sun protection. The reality is that shade sails are made out of breathable fabrics due to which they make areas cool and comfortable. It is very difficult to vandalise a shade sail. Only certain types of shade sails made out of special fabrics are waterproof. And, only high-quality, high UVR protection shade sails are capable of offering sun protection.

If you are thinking of purchasing shade sails in Sydney, make sure to choose high-quality products from a reputed shade specialist such as Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. We have years of experience in manufacturing and installing high-quality shade sails in Sydney and beyond. To discuss your shade sail requirements with one of our experts, give us a call on 1300 570 901 today!