It can feel like we are always preparing for a tropical storm or hurricane here in Florida or preparing to clean up the mess one has left behind.  The official hurricane season is nearly half the year, running from June 1st through November 30th, according to the National Hurricane Center.

We are just getting into hurricane season this year, and we know you will want to learn has much as possible about protecting your investment and keeping your shade sails safe in the imminent event of a hurricane.  We are all too familiar with the personal planning and preparation involved in getting ready for hurricane season, such as stocking up on the essentials and creating flood barriers, but what do we need to do for our shade sails?

If you are in the planning stages of shade for a commercial or residential project, it is even more critical that you plan ahead for your new shade sails to weather whatever weather this hurricane season may bring our way.

Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Shade Sail

First, make sure you select a quality construction of both the structure itself and the fabric cloth.  At Creative Shade Solutions, our shades are built to last right here in Tarpon Springs, Florida.  We can help you throughout the entire process – starting with design, fabrication, and on through to installation.  Our commercial shade sails are made with high quality fabrics and come in a variety of colors to fit most any aesthetic, and we offer an array of fabric types engineered to withstand the harshest of environments.  Our shade sails can also withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour and block up to 98.8% of harmful UV rays.

Second, consider whether or not you need waterproof shade sails.  Our standard fabric for umbrella or Hip roof structures does have a high percentage of water runoff, and we also offer waterproof shade sails for these actual structures if your project requires.  Whichever option works best for you, also keep in mind you will need to remove the shade sail in the likely event of a hurricane warning, per our warranty.  Let our design team know if your project specifications require wind resistance of greater than 90 miles per hour.

And thirdly, consider the sizes and scale of your shade sails.  Be sure to work with our design team to create a shade structure that will allow your team or the company you hire to remove the sails with the least effort while also creating beautiful shade. You can rest easy knowing that our high quality shade structures and sails are able to withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour!

Worried that might not be strong enough?  Let our design team know if your project specifications require wind resistance of greater than 90 miles per hour.

For storms forecasting less than 90 mile per hour sustained winds, simply inspect your shade sails for any potential damage to the shade fabric, supports, anchors and/or tensioners.  If you do find any damage or something that could have the potential for damage during a storm, it would be recommended to go ahead and remove the shade sails and have repairs done as soon as possible.  We also offer shade sail repairs and replacements, if needed.

You can visit our article on “Designing Your Shade Structure” for more tips and things to consider for the design and build of your custom shade sail structure.

Want to have our team design and build a shade sail structure for your commercial project?

We are ready to help!  Click here to submit a little information about your project and we will have one of our shade experts prepare an estimate right away!