Installing a Summer Shade Sail (Cheap Alternative to an Awning)

by Eileen
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If you are looking to grab some shade this summer but aren't in the for the expense of an awning or porch, install a shade sail. These large fabric canopies are suspended in the air, giving your outdoor space some much needed shade!

They are great in place of awnings, over kids' play areas, and they come in handy during parties. They're easy to install and an inexpensive solution.
First, I determined the exact location of where the shade sail would go. We had an open patio that got extremely hot during the summer months and a shade sail was the perfect and budget-friendly solution.
After purchasing the materials and determining the exact location, I installed two posts in the dirt next to our patio. I did this by digging holes and filling them with concrete. We later stained these wooden posts to match our existing deck.
Then, I secured the hardware to the house, along with the shade sail. This part was extremely simple - I just had to tighten it enough so the shade sail wouldn't sag.
The shade sail easily can be removed for the winter or stormy weather. It takes just minutes to unlatch the sail. For the inexpensive cost, it was an awesome way to keep the hot sun away - and was a very simple project.
Suggested materials:
  • Shade sail
  • Wooden posts
  • Concrete
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  • Sharon Kahlbaugh Sharon Kahlbaugh on Jul 25, 2018

    Where did you get the sail?

  • Alaa Abdulaziz Alaa Abdulaziz on Sep 05, 2018

    Is it possible to use in a windy weather ??

  • Sara Sara on Sep 14, 2021

    What part of your house did you attach it to. my house has pretty cheap siding and i'm worried about the pull/drag from the shade sail especially if there is wind

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