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Goumoens-la-Ville, Vaud, Switzerland, 2012/06/08 - Developed in Australia to provide a 'safe shade' from harmful UV rays from the sun, Shade Sails can be used to enhance any outside space and are extremely popular for protecting swimming pools and eating areas - Shade-Sail-Boutique.com.
If you are looking for a modern, stylish solution to create shade and give protection for your friends or family from harmful UV rays... Sails Shades are an elegant and 'original' solution.
Although seen by many as a modern invention, the original idea was well known thousands of years ago when the use of sail cloth as protection from the sun first appear in historical documents from Roman times. Sail Cloth was used to create shade at communal venues such as the 'Colosseum'. Shade 'sails' at that time would not have incorporated the modern design or technology, but the concept is basically the same i.e erect sail cloth horizontally to create a shaded are underneath. The first mention of Shade being created in this manner comes from ship wrecked sailors whose lives could basically depend upon them being able to survive through the hottest parts of the day and this discovery led on to them being used in public venues.
More recently a trend started in Australia to stretch UV resistant fabric between posts to create a shaded area. The modern shade cloth now bears little resemblance to the original sails taken off boats as they are made specifically to provide shade rather than move a craft through the sea but the name has stuck. Modern Shade Sail fabric has each strand treated with a UV resistant coating and the weave contains tiny holes to allow hot air to rise through.
Normally fixed to part of the house, Sail Shades are used extensively throughout the world to protect pools, spas, barbecues, garages, patios and play areas for children. They are used in both private and commercial environments and can create a truly inspirational architectural feature to augment any setting.
Shade Sails are used extensively in public spaces such as malls, parking lots, community spaces, crèches, schools, playgrounds and sports areas - anywhere where a safe shaded area is required. Shade sails can also be used across large openings to reduce indoor temperatures as they block the sun but allow a breeze to enter.
Sail Shades (shade-sail-boutique.com) are designed to protect from the sun. To help create as comfortable an environment as possible in hot weather, they have been designed to allow air to pass through them so people beneath can benefit from any breeze. As air can pass they are not completely waterproof although the vast majority of the rain will flow off of the sides.