Everything You Need To Know About Shade Sails For The Pool

February 5th, 2020 · Published to Shade Sails by Steve Lewis

Whether you have just installed a pool, moved into a home with a pool, or have always had a pool, there is no doubt that you are getting a lot of use out of it. However, if you’re now looking to accessorise your pool to get even more use out of it, then a blow-up pool lounge isn’t the accessory you need.

The best accessory for any pool, hands down is a shade sail! As one of the countries leading shade sail manufactures, I know from experience that many homeowners overlook the importance of providing shade for a pool. But, there are many benefits of having shade sails for a pool, which I recently covered in this article.

If you’re in the market for shade sals for your pool, then you have come to the right site! Global Shade specialises in all kinds of shade sails, particularly shade sais for the pool.

To help you make the best decision when choosing shade sails for your pool, it pays to know what to look for. This article explains everything you need to know about pool shade sails.

Shade Sail Fabric

The most critical element of any shade sail isn’t it’s shape or colour, it’s the shade cloth fabric that it is made from. And this is even more important when buying shade sails for a pool.

Every shade sail fabric is different. Each offers different levels of UVR protection, colours, tensile strength, grams per square metre (GSM), etc. Therefore, a fabric shouldn’t be chosen on colour preference alone.

Shade sails for a pool need to offer the highest level of protection and also be suitable for your environment. For example, if your pool area is sheltered and doesn’t receive too much wind, then a heavyweight fabric will be better suited than a lightweight material – note, a correctly installed shade sail can withstand winds as much as 85 mph.


Second, only to the type of fabric you choose is your colour selection, and I don’t mean the aesthetics. While it is nice to choose a colour that complements your home, the most important thing to keep in mind with shade sails for a pool is the darker, the better.

For example, if we take a look at Z16 shade cloth, which is a popular choice for pool shade sails, and compare the same fabric in black and white, you will be astounded by the difference; Z16 in black offers 99% UVR and 97% shade, whereas Z16 in Ice White only offers 78% UVR and 64% shade.

When it comes to providing shade over a pool, it pays to choose a colour that offers higher UVR and shade protection.

Size & Shape

Lastly, size matters – and doesn’t it always? Obviously, to shade a pool, you need to have a shade sail that is large enough to provide shade over the entire pool, or at least the majority of it.

Given that pools are generally rectangular in shape, a standard triangle shade sail probably isn’t the best choice. You’ll want to opt for a large square shade or a rectangular shade sail that covers your entire pool. Both options we can facilitate here at Global Shade. We offer DIY shade sails up to 5.8m x 8m, or we can custom-make a shade sail to cover your entire pool.


When it comes to buying shade sails for a pool, you need to consider more than what colour matches your house best. Most importantly, you need to select a high-quality shade cloth fabric that is suitable for your location. Furthermore, you need to choose a colour that offers high UVR protection as each colour comprises different qualities. And lastly, you need to select a size and shape that will provide shade over your entire pool or the majority of it.

Now that you know what to look for when buying shade sails for a pool, your ready to go shopping, which starts right here with Global Shade. We manufacture shade sails for pools across Australia and would be delighted to provide you with free quotes on our shade fabric options, which include Z16. Call 1800 724 407 today.

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