Shade Sails vs Outdoor Umbrellas: Which Is the Better Option?

Shade Sails vs Outdoor Umbrellas: Which Is the Better Option?

Shade sails and outdoor umbrellas are two of the most popular shade solutions in Sydney. But, which of the two is a better choice? Well, that depends on many factors.

To ensure that I give you an unbiased opinion of each shade product, I went online to do some research. I came across a thread on Essential Baby that pinned shade sails against outdoor umbrellas. In favour of shade sails, one user commentated “Shade sail worked for us much better – though, our umbrella wasn’t as good as that one. It created a larger shaded area and didn’t take up precious playing space. The important thing we found was the shade sail kept the whole area much cooler, stopping the sun heating the pavement so much.”

On the other hand, in favour of umbrellas, another user commented: “We went with a large, solid umbrella, mainly because we don’t have anchor points so a shade sail would be expensive, needing poles put in, anchor points on the roof etc.”

So, which option is the right choice for you? This will include factors such as your budget and the area you want to shade. Today, we’ll take a closer look at shade sails and outdoor umbrellas. Hopefully, this article will help you decide between the two.

1. Coverage

Shade Sail over Deck in Glenorie

Shade Sail over Deck in Glenorie, Sydney

When it comes to coverage, shade sails offer better coverage than outdoor umbrellas. This makes shade sails more suitable for shading large areas, while outdoor umbrellas are more suitable for shading specific areas.

Cantilever outdoor umbrellas, such as those we offer at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds can be rotated and tilted to change the angle of shade. Our cantilever outdoor umbrellas offer good coverage, despite being confined to a single area.

If you’re looking for a shade solution for a large backyard, a car park or a pool, choose shade sails in Sydney. On the other hand, if you’re looking to shade an outdoor table or a poolside deck, an outdoor umbrella is a better option.

2. Looks

SU7 Umbrella at Bellevue Hill

Our SU7 Umbrella, installed at Bellevue Hill, Sydney

Today, both shade sails and outdoor umbrellas are incredibly attractive in their looks, and there are various colour options available with both. So you will have no trouble finding a suitable colour to complement your exteriors. Adding either option will immediately enhance the visual appeal of your space. Regarding looks, you really can’t go wrong with either choice.

At Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds, our shade sails and outdoor umbrellas in Sydney are available in a range of colour options for you to choose. To see what is available, navigate to the shade sails and umbrella product pages of this website. If you are looking to use our shade products in commercial applications, we can even customise our products to reflect your branding colours.

3. Installation / Maintenance

A Plate Mounted Umbrella

A surface plate install into a deck

Both outdoor umbrellas and shade sails are easy to install. Outdoor umbrellas can be wall-mounted or fixed with the help of a base, while shade sails can be attached to anchor points or posts. Once the installation is done, these shade solutions usually do not require additional setup and maintenance requirements are low.

Of the two choices, umbrellas are the easier option to install and maintain. The majority of umbrellas require no installation at all as they can come with a portable base option.

4. Affordability

value for money

Both offer great value for money

Shade sails and outdoor umbrellas are the most affordable shade products that you can purchase. While outdoor umbrellas are generally cheaper than shade sails, this depends on the manufacturer and the quality.


Both shade sails and outdoor umbrellas are popular shade products. To choose between shade sails and outdoor umbrellas in Sydney, consider the coverage area, the looks, the installation and maintenance requirements and the affordability. Depending on your needs and requirements, choose a shade product accordingly.

Regardless of which shade product you choose, always make sure to go with superior quality shade products – such as those we offer at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. Contact us to discuss your shade product requirements with us today!