Do you have a deck that gets more sun than you’d like?
Are you looking for a way to keep it shady and comfortable all year long?
Would you like to learn how to install a shade sail on a deck?
If so, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered!
In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how to put up a shade sail on your deck, whether you use your home as one side or you choose to install a standalone sail instead.
But why would you want to do this? Doesn’t this sound like a lot of trouble? Here are three great reasons why you may want a shade sail on your deck:
Of course, there are many other great benefits of deck shade sails, so read on to learn more!
It’s very important to ensure you have the right materials on hand before you ever get started installing your shade sail. Remember that you should never cut corners when it comes to something like this, since there’s a possibility the sail and poles you use will be exposed to very high winds if a storm rolls around. Gather the following materials to get started:
Now that you have your materials gathered, you’re ready to start working on installing your shade sail. Make sure you have assistance from another capable adult before you get started, since you’ll want someone on hand to help you hold the poles and sail fabric both in place while you install everything. Also, be sure you have enough time to devote to finishing this project. If you’re intermediate or advanced at DIY skills like this, you may only need an hour or so, but if you’re a beginner, give yourself a few hours just in case you need to make adjustments to the positioning of your shade sail pieces along the way. Once you have everything ready to go, it’s time to get started.
- 1To attach a shade sail to an existing wall or beam of your home, you will first need to install three steel beams on the opposite side of the deck from the beam you’re using as an anchor.
- 2To do this, use your power drill to screw lag bolts into the metal flanges at the bottom of each of the steel poles. You should space these poles out evenly on the side of your deck opposite the house.
- 3The bolts should be finished tightly with the appropriately-sized washers needed to hold them in place.
- 4Repeat this process for all three steel poles.
- 5From there, you need to install metal rod clamps on the existing beam or wall. Space them out so that they match up evenly with the steel poles—every three feet or so should be about what you’re going for.
- 6Hang the vinyl coated 90% shade nylon firmly in the metal clamps on your wall or beam. You will probably need another person to help hold the shade while you do this.
- 7Attach D-rings to the other side of the shade sail and firmly secure these D-rings to the metal posts you installed earlier. You may want to attach hook-and-eye bolts for this purpose, depending on your preferences.
- 8Make sure the shade fabric is pulled taut enough that it won’t sag badly, but not so tight that it will tear easily. You can do this by tightening your eye bolts from the previous step.
- 9If you are planning to set up a shade sail without using an existing wall or beam as your anchor, you’ll need more poles to make this happen. In this situation, you can either buy a shade sail pole kit, or simply purchase more of the materials needed for the previous installation option.
- 10You will also need to install D-rings on both edges of the shade sail fabric instead of just one. You can use these D-rings to attach to eye bolts on six poles (three on each side) instead of the three mentioned in the previous directions.
- 11From there, the steps are more or less the same. Choose which option is right for you and set up your shade sail in no time without the need for tons of equipment.
So are you ready to install your shade sail? You may still be wondering what type of fabric you should buy for this project, and if so, remember that you have a few options. However, the best and most highly recommended choice is the 90% shade nylon mesh fabric mentioned previously. This fabric is lightweight, easy to hang and repair if it gets damaged, and great at protecting you and your family from the sun’s rays, too.
You can purchase this fabric alone and make your shade sail yourself, or you can buy a premade sail. The choice is yours and depends a lot on your budget as well as your DIY sewing skills. Either way, pick the fabric you want and get ready to enjoy a cool and comfortable summer relaxing on your deck!