Most people refer to outdoor shade sails as just that, making no distinction between shades and sails. But in fact, in the industry the two are different. So if you are in business and considering adding some form of shade for your customers, it’s important to know what this difference is, otherwise you may end up purchasing something you don’t really want.
While shades are technically sails that give shade, they differ in that they are a permanent structures that will not be taken down. As such, the fabric and the posts need to be much stronger. Shades are usually what you see in public parks and in use commercially. They are both larger and higher than residential sails put up for shade.
Because they are larger, as mentioned, the whole structure must be stronger. This means the fabric must be of top quality and it is always weatherproof although it doesn’t always shelter people from driving rain that blows in under it.