HDPE shade cloth
is a durable and inexpensive fabric that offers a wide variety of colors and patterns. It is a great choice for commercial and residential shade structures, and architectural shades that need fire-rated and high-UV protection.
The best way to select the right shade fabric is to think about what you want it for. Are you looking for privacy or are you more concerned with keeping out rain, wind and insects? You should also consider how much maintenance you will need to do.
When selecting a shade fabric, it is important to keep in mind that your chosen material needs to be installed tight and correctly tensioned. This will reduce windflap in the fabric, which can cause premature failure.
There are a few different types of materials for shade sails: wood, metal and synthetic fibers like polypropylene (PP). Wood is an attractive material that can be durable, but it may also be susceptible to rot and pest infestation.
Plastic: When choosing a plastic shade cloth, you should choose one that is treated at the time of manufacturing to resist mold and rot. This will save you money in the long run.
It is also a good idea to make sure that the plastic is UV stabilized, so it can stand up to harsh Australian sun. If your chosen shade fabric does not have UV stabilization, it will only last a few years before it begins to break down due to sunlight exposure.