Aesthetics & Shade Art – Free-span structures have an almost unlimited amount of possible design combinations. Multiple sails can be attached to each post as well as to each other and post-placement and height are extremely flexible, allowing us to create intricate designs while ensuring our structures are unobtrusive to your space. Shade Art is becoming increasingly popular in our industry, creating an eye-catching centrepiece that can attract more customers and add to the aesthetic of your space. Structures with more than one sail look fantastic in multiple colours and can be customized to match your branding or equipment.
Post Location & Construction – These structures require substantial footings to accommodate the weight of the sail and the tension needed to fly them properly. However, due to the strength of these footings, posts can be placed in a variety of locations to accommodate the usability of your space or engineering considerations such as plumbing and vegetation. We can also use stainless-steel extension cables to allow further flexibility in post positioning or locate the posts away from the area we are shading.
Large Span Capability – Our posts and footings are engineered specifically to support high amounts of load, which allows us to use large sails spanning over 60ft to create large amounts of shade without having to use posts in the middle of your space. This also enables us to create the maximum amount of shade in a single installation instead of chaining together smaller structures like umbrellas.
Shade Flexibility – Shade analysis is a large part of our design process and free-span structures offer the most flexibility when it comes to shading a particular space. For example, there are many applications where an area needs to be shaded during specific times of the day, we use software to analyse the position of the sun and can adjust post heights and positioning to accommodate your requirements, creating maximum usage of your space throughout the day.
Attachment Methods & Components – In addition to posts, the tensioned fabric can be mounted in many different ways. We can attach to existing structures by either screwing into them or using brackets, which we commonly customize to meet our clients’ specifications. We also offer components such as our flush track, which attaches one side of the sail to a flat surface, this is great for covering entranceways especially when combined with our waterproof fabric.
Weather Performance – When designed correctly, tensioned fabric structures perform excellently in a variety of weather conditions. A hyperbolic shape, where opposite attachment points are varied in height, is extremely aerodynamic and can handle the vast majority of wind conditions as well as increasing rain run-off. Waterproof fabric can also be used to extend the usability of your space well into the shoulder seasons.