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Design Sleuth: Shade Sails

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 05, 2014 01:09 AM
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by Julie Carlson last modified Jun 04, 2014

When temperatures rise, awnings are an essential weapon in the cooling arsenal—blocking direct sun and creating zones of shade. The best development we've seen in a while is the tensioned shade sail, a triangle or rectangular of UV-blocking fabric.   Above: A shade sail outside a house in France. Photograph by Verne via OWI . Above: Whittier, CA-based Shade Sails offers an extensive range of sail shades in different configurations; prices range from $159.95 for a 12-foot triangle to $394 for an 18-foot square. Shade Sails from Backyard City. Above: The  16-foot  Coolaroo Shade Sail is made from a commercial-grade fabric that resists mold and mildew and blocks up to 90 percent of UV rays. Available in Desert Sand (shown), Brunswick Green, and Ocean Blue, it's $105.49 from Amazon. Above: Coolaroo's  Square Shade Sail  comes in several dimensions, the 11-by-10-foot size is $147 from Amazon. More shade? Have a look at our recent  10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Umbrellas . And for  more umbrella ideas, see Gardenista's  Shade Umbrella  picks. More Stories from Remodelista 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Umbrellas Beyond the Barbecue: 13 Modern Outdoor Kitchens Trending on Gardenista: Garden Ideas for the City Mouse






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