Tips For Choosing A Shade Sail Supplier

February 26th, 2020 · Published to Shade Sails by Steve Lewis

If you’re anything like me, when in the market to buy anything new, you thoroughly research the product and suppliers to find the best quality at the lowest price. However, not everyone is like me. Many don’t have the time or knowhow to research products such as shade sails. Instead, they prefer to be guided by a recommendation or from a simple google search. But this can lead to poor choices.

While there are some products where the quality doesn’t matter, shade sails are not one of them. If fact, the quality of a shade sail is of the highest importance. After all, the reason to purchase a shade sail is to provide shade, and a poor quality shade sail may only offer half the shade of a quality shade sail.

So, how do you choose who to buy a shade sail from – how do you tell the good from the bad? Well, continue reading to find out.

Ask if they manufacture and supply

The most important question to ask any shade sail supplier is if they are shade sail manufactures and suppliers or only shade sails suppliers. What’s the difference you ask? A shade sail manufacture and supplier is one that makes the shade sails and supplies them – no additional markup. A shade sail supplier orders shade sails from the manufacture and then adds a markup.

Chances are, you will get a better deal if you choose to deal direct with a shade sail manufacturer, such as Global Shade over a supplier. Moreover, if you have any problems with your shade sail, it will be easier to have repairs made by the manufacturer.

Look at the shade sail fabric options

Secondly, a good shade sail supplier should have a comprehensive range of shade cloth fabrics for you to choose from. You wont to have the opportunity to select a material based on its quality, warranty and price, and not have to be stuck with no choice.

At Global Shade, we make our shade sails from the leading shade fabrics. These include the likes of Rainbow Z16, Xtreme 32, Commercial 95, Protex Parasol, Allnet Extrablock, and Monotec 370 series.

We also manufacture shade sails using waterproof fabrics to offer all-weather protection. For our waterproof shade sails, we offer the following fabric choices: Ferrari 502, Polyplan 680, and Valmex 580S.

And, we are only too happy to provide recommendations – the most expensive fabric isn’t always the best option. We are more interested in supplying the best solution for your needs than filling our pockets!

Look at the supplier’s history

Lastly, do some online snooping on their Facebook page and Google My Business page to see read reviews of previous customers. This is a true sign of whether you are dealing with a reputable and seasoned shade sail supplier or not.


Choosing a shade sail supplier is easy if you don’t care about getting value for money or a good quality shade sail. However, for those that do care about such things, then choosing a shade sail supplier takes a little investigating.

First, check to see if they make and supply the shade sail or only supply – you will want to find a supplier that does both. Secondly, enquire about the fabrics used – ask how many fabrics you can choose from and for their UVR rating and warranties. Lastly, look online to see how long the supplier has been in business and if they have a good rating – their Facebook and Google My Business page will be able to assist here.

Global Shade meets this criterion and is only too happy to assist with your shade sail order or provide assistance or advice on your new shade sail. Give me a call on 1800 724 407 with your measurements for a free no-obligation quote.

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