Buying Shade Sails Online vs from a Supplier

July 10th, 2019 · Published to Shade Sails by Steve Lewis

Shade sails are an incredibly popular shade solution, if not the most popular shade solution. They are affordable, versatile, and along with offering up to 99% UVR protection, they can also offer 100% protection against rain and hail.

They are suitable for homes, schools, cafes, restaurants, pools, sporting associations, playgrounds, parks, shopping centres, and the list goes on.

Their broad suitability, paired with their affordability and versatility, means they are available from a number of places, including the internet and from shade sail suppliers. But which is the better option and is there a difference?

Today, we take a look at the pros and cons of purchasing shade sails online versus from a supplier.

Shade Sails Online

Buying shade sails online offers several benefits. The first being that you can shop from the comfort of your home and are able to compare prices from multiple sites without having to physically go from store to store or make multiple phone calls. Another big benefit is that they are generally much cheaper than if you were to buy them from a supplier.

The major downside to buying shade sails online is that because they are cheaper, they are usually of inferior quality and offer will, therefore, offer a short warranty (as little as 2-5 years). You are also limited by selection. Online shade sails are generally pre-made and are only available in set sizes and shapes and colours. Therefore, it’s less likely that you will be able to get a custom made shade sail made when shopping online. When buying online, you will only be buying the shade sail itself. You will then have to either install it yourself or find a local installer to install it for you.

Shade Sail Supplier

Buying shade sails from a supplier also offers several benefits. First of all, you can have the shade sails custom made to any shape or size that you need. You can also choose the material you want the shade sails made from and will have a much larger colour selection to choose from. Shade sails from suppliers are generally made from the best fabrics in the industry and offer better UVR protection and long warranties of up to 10-15 years. Lastly, because you’re buying from a supplier, you will also be able to have them install the shade sail for you. This will save you having to try and do it yourself or find someone else.

There really is only one drawback to purchasing from a shade sail supplier. The biggest being that you have to pay for quality; therefore, shade sails from a supplier will be more than those available online. However, bear in mind that you are possibly buying something that will last you 10-15 years as opposed to 2-5 years.


Because of the popularity of shade sails, they can be purchased online or from a supplier. However, which is the better option? This really comes down to whether your priority is the price or the quality. If you’re looking for the cheapest shade sail possible, then chances are, you will have better success buying shade sails online. However, if you’re looking for quality, then you’re best to contact a local shade sail supplier.

The other option is to purchase shade sails online that are of high-quality, and for that, you must contact Global Shade. As shade sail manufactures that work with only the best shade fabrics available, you’re sure to get a quality product at a wholesale price. Give me, Steve a call on 1800 724 407 to discuss your options.

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