Custom Shade Sails – The Very Best Home Shade Solution

Custom Shade Sails – The Very Best Home Shade Solution

January 11th, 2023 · Published to Shade Sails

If you’re one of the many Australians looking for an affordable and effective shade solution, our custom shade sails may be the perfect option for you. Shade sails provide all-weather protection from the sun and rain and can be installed in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Best of all, they’re a fraction of the cost of traditional roofing or patio covers.

While our standard DIY shade sails may not be your ideal solution, our custom shade sails, on the other hand, can be made to any shape or size that you need. As a result, they can provide the perfect amount of shade and sun protection for your needs with no gaps in coverage.

So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at custom shade sails so you can judge for yourself if they’re the right shade solution for your home.

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The Basics of Custom Shade Sails

To understand custom shade sails, you first have to understand how they differ from standard off-the-shelf, DIY shade sails.

Standard shade sails are manufactured for generalised conditions and do not provide the perfect fit needed to give you 100% coverage. As a result, they can leave gaps in your protection where sunlight can reach your windows.

However, custom shade sails can be made to any shape or size that you need so they provide the perfect amount of shade and sun protection without any gaps in coverage.

Other essential elements that make custom shade sails what they include:

  • your choice of fabric – including the use of waterproof fabrics
  • your choice of design – including the use of dual sails
  • your choice of colours – including the use of dual colours

Essentially, custom shade sails are shade sails that have been custom designed to your specifications. This means, manufactured to the correct dimensions to deliver the perfect fit and from your chosen shade sail fabric and colour.

Benefits of Custom-Made Shade Sails

Aside from the benefits touched on above, custom shade sails offer many benefits. Here are some of the major reasons to consider custom shade sails as your go-to solution for all things outdoor.


Custom shade sails are significantly cheaper than most conventional patio covers or roofing solutions. This is because they can be made to any size or shape you need without having to order off-the-shelf and pay for the associated overheads. As a result, they’re not only more affordable than standard patio covers and roofing but your entire project can be completed in a fraction of the time with significantly less cost to you.


Shade sails are incredibly versatile which means that they can be installed on many different types of outdoor surfaces including balconies, patios and outdoor decks. As a result, they’re perfect for both indoor and outdoor living areas as well as providing shade to any area of your home where the sun is unyielding during the summer months.

Protection from the Sun, UV Rays & Rain

Another major benefit of custom shade sails is that they can be made from a variety of different fabric types depending on the needs of your home. In terms of sun protection, the quality of the fabric used in custom shade sails is top-notch. For example, z16, one of the shade cloth fabrics we suggest for our custom shade sails, offers up to 99% UV-R protection.

In terms of rain resistance, you can opt to have your shade sails made from Ferrari 502, Polyplan 680, or Valmex FR580. These are the waterproof fabrics we offer at Global shade. They are treated with a water-repellent coating that allows the fabric to remain flexible yet durable in all conditions.


Custom shade sails are also much easier to install than standard shade sails because they’re custom made for your home’s specific needs. Moreover, most custom shade sails are installed by professional shade installers, so you can sit back and let them do all the work, knowing it has been installed correctly for maximum longevity.

Quality & Durability

As mentioned above, custom shade sails are manufactured to your specifications which means they will be constructed from a high-quality fabric that is specially designed for outdoor use. In fact, the durability of these fabrics is one of their most attractive features because it ensures that your shade sails won’t degrade quickly in all conditions. Conclusion

When it comes to your outdoor living areas, having the best possible shade solution is essential because this will ensure that you can enjoy your outdoor space without contracting skin or eye-related conditions caused by sun damage. Custom-made shade sails offer tailor-made protection and versatility that’s perfect for any home’s individual needs.

Custom Shade Sail Fabrics

Another key benefit of custom shade sails is that you get to choose between a range of different fabric types depending on what you need from your new shade cloth.

This means you can guarantee the very best quality and protection from your investment. It also means you get to choose the very best shade cloth fabric colour to complement your home, and this can make a substantial difference in the end result.

Fabric Colour

In terms of fabric colours, the sky really is the limit! Each fabric offers its own collection of colours. For example, Z16 offers 24 designer colours, Extreme 32; another popular material offers 14 colours, Parasol has 15 colour options.

With the wide range of colours available at your choosing, you can make your custom shade sails blend in perfectly with your home’s unique look, feel and environment. They will offer the ideal combination of beauty and function for years to come.

Dual Colour

The other great thing about custom shade sails and the fabric options colours is that you can choose to use dual colours in your design. Having each sail a different colour allows for the increased flexibility of design and lets you create interesting effects that will surely be the envy of your neighbours.

We often create vibrant multi-colour multi-sail custom shade sails for parks, kindergartens, and amusement parks.

Custom Shade Sail Design

Because they are custom made, you can opt for any type of sails or shade style you need. You can also choose between single and multiple sails for your shade sails to suit what your needs may be.

Shade Sail Shapes

Shade sails can also be made with different patterns to maximise the amount of shade they provide while still using lesser fabric. This is because a singular flat surface provides more shade than a singular concave or convex shape. So your shade sails will be much more efficient if they have multiple sections that are angled rather than just one large piece of fabric

There are a wide variety of different shapes and patterns available for custom shade sails, including squares, rectangles, triangles and hexagons. As a result, you can create stunning visual effects using any combination of these different shapes and patterns.

Free Design Assistance

As expert shade sail manufacturers, we can work with you every step of the way to ensure the custom shade sails we deliver are perfectly suited to your home and needs.

Custom Shade Sail FAQs

What is the best material for a sail shade? 

Any shade sail is essentially just another form of fabric. As such, you can choose any fabric that suits your needs and meets your requirements. So the option you have here really depends on what has the best characteristics for providing shade (e.g UV protection or waterproof) and whether it will suit your environment.

We offer a range of quality fabrics to suit all needs and requirements. You may view our fabric range here.

What is a good GSM for a shade sail? 

GSM standard for grams per square metre, and is simply a measure of the density of a particular fabric. Generally speaking, higher GSM numbers indicate thicker fabrics, meaning they will be more durable. So for shade sails, you would ideally want to have sails with the highest GSM possible as this means it can provide better insulation against sunlight and rain/storms.

We recommend 200-340GSM for residential shade sails and over 340GSM for commercial shade sails.

What is the best quality shade cloth?

As with any fabric, there are varying qualities of materials available which affect the durability and quality of shade cloth. A higher GSM generally means a better quality fabric as it has more density to provide insulation against the elements. As such, you would ideally want to have sails made from high GSM 200-340GSM for residential customers or 340+ GSM for commercial customers.

We recommend Z16Extreme 32, Polyfab Parasol, Commercial 95, Alnet Extrablock, and Monotec 370 series as the best non-waterproof options in terms of brands and types of fabrics. The best waterproof shade sail fabrics are Ferrari 502, Polyplan 680, and Valmex FR580.

You can learn more about these fabrics here.

Can I get my shade sails made in different colours?

Yes, you can! You could get your shade sails customised with virtually any colour of your choice (subject to availability). The colour options are up to you. that’s the beauty of choosing custom shade sails over DIY shade sails.

What is the best colour for a shade sail?

In terms of which colour provides the best UV Protection, the answer is always going to be the darkest colours, such as black and navy. So if you’re looking for something that really blocks out the sun, then dark colours are going to be your best bet.

That being said, colour choice is a subjective thing as it will depend on whether you still want to enjoy a bit of colour from your shade sails, as well as how dark those colours should be.

Order Your Custom Shade Sails Today!

If you’re ready to order custom shade sails for your home, then Global Shade is the team to turn to. We are the premier shade sails manufacturer in Australia and can deliver high-quality custom shade sails for you.

The Global Shade Process

Getting custom shade sails for your home is quick and easy with Global Shade.

Our process is as follows:

  • Step 1: Contact us to discuss your needs and we will put you in contact with one of our local shade sail installers.
  • Step 2: Discuss and finalise your design or provide our installer with any further instructions, ideas or changes to help create your perfect shade solution.
  • Step 3: Once our installer receives all the necessary information, they provide you with a custom shade sail quote.
  • Step 4: Once the quote is approved, we manufacture your custom shade sails to the required specifications and dimensions.
  • Step 5: We then send the finished sails to your local installer who will contact you to arrange installation

Your custom shade sails will be handmade in-house according to your specifications.


If you’re ready to order custom shade sails for your home, then Global Shade is the team to turn to. We are the premier shade sails manufacturer in Australia and can deliver high-quality custom shade sails for you.

For more information, visit our website or contact us today to speak with one of our friendly team members!

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