A minimum fixing height of 2.4m is suggested.
Allow an additional 10% of the sail length between each fixing point and the end of the sail’s fixing accessory for proper tensioning.
To enable suitable water run-off, the height difference from the low points to the high points should be at least 16% of the longest side (20% for All Weather Fabrics).
If attaching to a fascia use a fascia support to provide a solid connection point
Use the table found in our full installation guide to determine the most suitable pole type and footing size for your installation.
Install steel posts on a 10-degree angle and timber posts on a 20-degree angle, away from the centre of the sail, to allow best tensioning strength.
Dig footings with the centre of the hole as the approximate location point of the sail.
Pour 100mm depth of concrete at the bottom of the hole to provide a solid pad and allow to set. Leave concrete to set for a minimum of 48 hours or as instructed by the manufacturer.
Add 20mm of gravel and position the post at the required angle (steel at 10°, timber at 20°), temporarily bracing it into position.
Pour concrete to the top of the footing hole and ensure it is packed well.
Crown the concrete around the post so that it allows water to drain away from the post.
Ensure that at least two of the sail’s fixing points include a turnbuckle for tensioning purposes.
A Coolaroo Strap Tensioning Tool will assist in drawing the shade sail toward the post for easier connection.
Stop tensioning when the shade sail is rigid with little or no creases and does not sag. The tighter the sail the less movement and less movement means longer life of the sail.
Select the fixing accessories that best suit your installation.