All About Design: First, let’s break through some myths about shade sail structures. One common fallacy is that tensioned fabric structures are simple in design and easy to build. Even though the completed project may seem simplistic, the truth is that the design process is complex. However, this is fundamental to the success of all tensioned fabric structure projects.
To paint a better picture that demonstrates how important it is (and complex) the design process for tensioned shade sail structures is, this article will walk you through some of the considerations involved with making decisions regarding shade sails.
- Will the shade sail structure require lightweight, aesthetic, weather protection over spaces for events or walkways?
- Will the shade structure be supported by cables (floating) look or supported with poles?
- What material is needed for the PTFE membrane canopy?
- Do you need an anticlastic form with a very high pre-stress of 5KN to accommodate the large spans?
- Is there enough surrounding support (poles or buildings) to support the large forces created by the tension structure?
- Who will create a detailed structural analysis of the membrane roof needed to be completed so that the extreme forces generated are considered when designing the commercial shade structure?
- What is the process to survey each set of cast-in bolts with rigorous tolerances to ensure the shade structural system will work effectively?
- Has a detailed analysis of water flow off the canopy been completed?
The above questions are just a few of the questions that need to be answered when designing a shade structure. As you can see, both installation and the design of shade sails is quite complex. That is why, it is highly recommended to always work with experts for your shade sail needs. For best results, you might want to choose a company that does everything from shade design, manufacture, fabrication, and installation.
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