WELCOME TO CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAILS FAQS

Here you will find answers to the most common questions you ask us when you are thinking about buying a custom made shade sail. If after reading this page, you still have questions, please contact us.

WHAT DO I GET WITH MY CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAIL?

Along with your custom made shade sail, we supply the necessary hardware for you to attach, tension and fly your sail. The hardware is marine grade stainless steel, which is best for safety and longevity.

We provide all DIY installation instructions and are available for support as you complete your home installation, and afterwards as you care for and maintain it.

If you order a pre-cut sail, we also supply the necessary hardware, plus instructions for attaching, tensioning and flying it.

HOW DO I MEASURE FOR MY CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAIL?

Watch our handy How to Order video – it should answer all of your questions. If you watch the video and read the notes provided below and still have questions, please contact us for further advice at info@custommadeshadesails.com.au or on 0499 812 344.

Measuring tips

Custom Made Shade Sails prefer you to have your connection points ready before you order (e.g. posts in the ground).  We make our shade sails to fit not you putting your connection points to fit the shade sail.

 It is much easier to measure with two people. First, either use a measuring tape or if that is not long enough a rope or piece of string to measure from point to point. Attachment points must be substantial, for example, a brick or stone wall – preferably not a wooden one –with a minimum 100 mm diameter steel post. You can also make your connection point on your roof (either tin or tiled) or from your rafter.

Measure from connection point to connection point E.g. a-b / b-c / c-d / d-a. If it has more than 4 connection points we require diagonal measurements from each point to each other point (so that we can cross check the measurements) (e.g.  a-c / b-d)

DIY Installation Guide

HOW DO I KEEP MY CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAIL CLEAN?

You should simply use a mild detergent (Sugar Soap) and water to regularly clean your shade sail. Choose dry weather to do this, so that the shade sail dries quickly, with no chance of mould or mildew forming.  If you have harder to remove dirt and grime a commercial grade cleaning product will be required (Wet & Forget)

Be sure to choose a detergent that does not contain bleach or mould removal products, as they will greatly reduce the lifespan of your shade sail.

Use a garden hose (never a pressure hose) and a soft bristled brush, hold the hose at a safe distance, working over the shade sail in sections. There is no need to uninstall the shade sail to clean it, and we recommend against it. A ladder should help you to reach the highest parts of the shade sail.

You can also take the opportunity when cleaning to check the tension to reduce any sagging. This will also help prevent any unnecessary wear and tear.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAIL?

Each of our sails is handmade to order by a master craftsman. As our product is custom made, order fulfilment is not instantaneous, but we are proud of how fast it is. The average time between ordering and dispatch is 7 days – 10 days.

WHERE IS THE FABRIC FROM?

The Rainbow Shade fabric is from South Africa and has been imported into Australia for over 30 years

Shade Sail FAQs

WHERE IS MY CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAIL MADE?

Custom Made Shade Sails is a wholly Australian-owned company and is made for harsh Australian conditions. Your custom made shade sail is made to order on the Gold Coast by our resident master sail-maker, who has been hand-crafting shade sails for 30 years.

DO YOU INSTALL YOUR SHADE SAILS?

Yes, we can install your custom made shade sail, as well as supporting you in DIY installation, depending on your location. Please contact us for more information, including how we can support you if your location prevents us from attending your site.

HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY SHADE SAIL?

Your custom made shade sail is a sturdy, long-wearing product that we are proud to guarantee for 10 years for both the fabric and the stitching.

You can extend the life of your shade sail even further, by following these five tips:

1. Install it correctly and securely. This will keep it safe in winds.

2. Keep it clean. Use just water, a mild detergent and a ladder, regularly.

3. Check the tension regularly, to prevent sagging and wind damage.

4. Repair any minor tears promptly, so they don’t become major tears.

5. Regularly check the stitching, and if necessary have it re-stitched. A local canvas manufacturer can usually help with re-stitching.  If one part has come unstitched it is recommended to get it all re-stitched.

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