How to Compare Shade Sails for Sale

How to Compare Shade Sails for Sale

Shopping for shade sails can a problematic task. With so many options, not only in the type of shade sails for sale but also in where to buy them from, knowing which to ultimately choose is anyone’s guess. That is, unless, you know how to compare shade sails for sale.

Today, I will share with you what we suppliers look at in terms of the important factors that judge a shade sails quality, so you will know how to compare one shade sail from another.


The first thing you want to do when comparing shade sails for sale is to find out the GSM of the shade fabric. GSM stands for grams per square metre. The higher the GSM weight the higher the shade rating, or the tighter the knit, the heavier and stronger the fabric.

For example;

  • A GSM of 80 is the sign of low tensile strength (and should be avoided)
  • A GSM of 200 is the sign of high tensile strength.
  • A GSM of 320 or higher is the sign of excellent tensile strength.

Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds source fabrics from leading manufacturers. In our standard shade cloth range is Rainbowshade Z16 (200GSM), Rainbowshade Xtreme 32 (320GSM), Protex Parasol (325GSM), Commercial 95 (340GSM), Allnet Extrablock (320GSM), Monotec 370 (370GSM). In our waterproof fabric range is Ferrari 502 (590GSM), Polyplan 680 (670GSM) and Valmex 580S (580GSM).


When comparing shade sails for sale, also look at the colours available by your chosen fabric. The colour pigmentation of a particular fabric will determine its fade resistance and UVR block capacity. Darker colours reflect or absorb UV radiation better than lighter colours. Therefore, shade sails that offer darker colours can offer better protection.

UV Protection

The UV Protection factor is one of the most important factors to compare with looking at shade sails for sale. The higher the UV Protection factor, the better the protection. The UV Protection factor is contributed not only from the colour of fabric but also the quality and quantity of UV stabilisers that are used in the fabric.


Price is always a factor when comparing shade sails for sale and it is also a sign of quality. Shade sails with better quality fabric and more robust installations will indubitably be more expensive than inferior shade sails.

If you’re on a budget, consider commercial grade DIY shade sails, such as those we offer at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. This way, you can still enjoy high fabric (with high tensile strength, a large range of colours and great UV Protection factor), but are able to save money by installing them yourself.


Another sign of quality when comparing shade sails for sale is the warranty that is offered. Shade sails generally have a warranty on the sail (fabric) and the installation. The higher the warranty offered, the better the product/installation.


The last thing to compare when looking at shade sails for sale is the installer themselves. Look to see if they are licensed and find out how many years of experience they have in the industry. Also, ask for references and visit their website to see the quality of their past work.


Choosing between one shade sail and another can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for. You could end up buying a shade sail that will last you one year rather than ten years.

Therefore, it’s important to compare shade sails for sale. You can do this by looking at their GSM, colour options, UV protection factor, price, warranty and the installer themselves.

To avoid any confusion, buy your shade sails from Ashadya Shade Sails & Binds. We only supply the quality shade sails made from the best materials in the industry and have over 20 years’ experience. Click here to request a free quote today.