Pool Shade – The Forgotten Pool Accessories

September 5th, 2018 · Published to Domestic by Steve Lewis

Pool Shade

One of the most overlooked of all pool accessories is pool shade. While homeowners pay good attention to most details of their swimming pool, they often forget to consider adding shade around their pools.

Swimming is a very popular activity here in Australia. Unfortunately, there are high levels of direct and indirect UV radiation around outdoor swimming pools. Moreover, people tend to wear minimal clothing in and around swimming pools. Shade structures are a must around any swimming pool to stay protected from the sun.

If you own a swimming pool or you’re getting one built, you must consider pool shade. Now, if there is natural shade around your pool, well and good. If not, you’ll need to use humanmade shade structures to provide shade. Here’s where pool shade structures such as those offered by us at Global Shade are perfect for you.

So, continue reading this post to discover which of our shade structures are perfect for use as pool shade.

1. Shade Sails

Shade sails are arguably the most popular type of shade structures used to provide shade around domestic pools. This is because shade sails are cost-effective and they can offer excellent protection from the sun. What’s more is that shade sails come in a range of styles and shapes, and they will give your pool area a modern and edgy look.

At Global Shade, we can offer a range of pre-engineered and custom shade sails to meet your specific pool shade requirements. We manufacture our shade sails using special shade cloth fabrics which are capable of blocking out up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays. Our shade sails are lightweight and flexible, and they work as a great alternative to other humanmade shade structures.

2. Outdoor Umbrellas

Outdoor umbrellas are the traditional choice for providing shade around a pool. Freestanding outdoor umbrellas and cantilever umbrellas have been used for decades to provide pool-shade. This is because outdoor umbrellas offer a flexible and movable shade solution which can be placed in any orientation. Cantilever Umbrellas are most popular for choice when it comes to creating pool shade because they make use of a single support structure located on one side.

If you’d like to add outdoor umbrellas to your pool, then you should look no further than us at Global Shade. We offer pre-engineered, and custom made outdoor umbrellas to suit your requirements. While our umbrellas boast of a solid structural frame, we can also customize umbrellas to add various accessories. Whether you need lighting, heating or weatherproofing along with your outdoor umbrella, you can count on us to deliver!

3. Canopies and Tension Membranes

Canopies are a special type of shade structure, which can also be used as pool shade. They make use of a shade cloth fabric or tension membrane stretched tightly across a structural frame and are customed designed to any shape or size.

For the best quality canopies and tension membranes in Australia, consider no one but us at Global Shade. Our canopies and tension membranes are manufactured to the highest grade of quality and are ideal for providing shade across large areas, such as a pool.


If there is no natural shade around your swimming pool, then investing in pool shade structures is a wise decision. Shade structures such as shade sails, outdoor umbrellas, canopies and tension membranes work great as pool shade.

If you’re looking for suitable shade solution for your pool area, contact the shade experts at Global Shade. We are a reputed shade solution provider, and we’ve offered custom pool shade solutions for both domestic and commercial applications in Australia. To discuss your pool shade requirements, give us a call at 1800 724 407 to talk to one of our experts today!

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