Standard Sized Quadrilateral Shade Sail
A 4-Point Shade Sail is optimal for maximizing shade and covering long spaces where a 3-Point Shade Sail would not suffice. Your 4-Point Shade Sail can also be flown with varying anchor heights on the opposing corners to create that sought after hyperbolic (twisted) shape.
All Standard-Sized Shade sails come with our Advanced Tensioning System and Tensioning Hardware Kit.
- 15-year UV warranty
- Fade & tear-resistant UV stabilized shade fabric
- Double-stitched seams & triple-layered reinforced corners
- Marine-Grade 316 Stainless Steel hardware
At Shade Sails Canada, we offer quick and simple shading solutions. Our Standard-size Shade Sails are prefabricated and ready to ship.
We use our high-quality Commercial Grade Light fabric, which means you still receive the 10 year warranty that is applied to this fabric. UV degradation, rot and mould are all covered by this warranty, with this fabric being tear-proof and fade-resistant too!
Our Standard-size Shade Sails are available in our 4 most popular colours!
For more info, please visit our Fabric Page
Triangle vs. Quadrilateral
Our Standard-size Shade Sails are available in both 3-Point and 4-Point options. Each shape is also available in our most frequently requested sizes to make this process that much easier for you!
The measurements for each sail are taken when the sails are not under tension, so it’s important to ensure that you have sufficient spacing to allow for hardware, as well as some stretch in the fabric.
Not to worry - we have laid out the appropriate site dimensions for each Standard-size so you’re able to easily order the correct Shade Sail for your space. We cover this in the next tab!
Where to Attach My Sail?
Shade Sails are extremely strong and durable systems, but are only ever as strong as their attachment points. We will work with you to ensure your existing structures, posts or frames are substantial enough to withstand the load from these tensioned systems.
It’s important that your anchoring points are strong enough to withstand the tension and forces that are applied when flying a Shade Sail correctly. You should also allow sufficient space for hardware and predetermined stretch that is an integral part of your Shade Sail.
Because of this, we’ve created illustrations of the correct site dimensions to not only help you envision your space, but also to ensure that you have enough space to properly install and tension your Shade Sail.
When it comes to anchoring your Standard-size Shade Sail, we recommend using our Marine Grade Stainless Steel Anchor Hardware - specially chosen to perform exceptionally under all weather conditions for years to come.
How to gauge the height of your Sail
We often say that our Shade Sails are the best combination of fashion and function, with the sails not only looking incredibly appealing and artistic, but are also aerodynamic in high winds, excellent at shedding water and most importantly providing shade coverage where it’s most desired.
In order to achieve this, we look at varying the anchoring heights. Diagonally opposite high and low points help achieve what is called a hyperbolic (twisted) shape!
In measuring your space for a Standard-size Shade Sail, it’s important to keep these height variances in mind. Your measurements should always be from one intended anchor point to the next, and the heights taken from a common reference point - whether it be the flat ground upon which your posts or building sits, or the lowest common point that your anchoring posts or wall share.
What's Included with My Shade Sail?
Our Standard-size Shade Sails are manufactured and shipped fully-cabled with all the appropriate Marine Grade Stainless Steel tensioning hardware conveniently installed. They are ready-to-fly with our Advanced Tensioning System, Double Stitched Seams and Triple Layered Reinforced Corners.
We also take care of shipping costs for you, and our Shade Architects are always ready and willing to take your call should you have any questions regarding fitting your Shade Sail or tensioning it correctly.
Because every installation is unique Anchor Hardware is not included and must be purchased separately.
Custom vs. Standard
At Shade Sails Canada, we specialize in custom-sized shade solutions. We believe that every shade product should fit perfectly and complement your outdoor space. We offer both standard-sized products in a limited range of the most popular sizes and colours and custom-sized products, which can be made to fit any space. We recommend using the calculator on the Custom Shade Sail page to determine the cost for your project and viewing the colour range to see which fabric would fit best for your space.
Using the right shade sail for your space is essential in ensuring proper tensioning and validating your warranty. Please read our shade sails sizing guide.
1 — Anchor Points
The first step in ordering your Standard-size Shade Sail is ensuring that your intended anchoring points are strong enough to withstand the forces from properly tensioning your sail.
2 — Measure
Accurately measure the space between the points you intend to use as anchors, considering their respective heights above ground.
3 — Choose Shade Size
Cross-reference the perimeter measurements of your space with the sizes of our standard-size Shade Sails. If your measurements are too close to decide, size down.
4 — Choose Your Colour
We have 4 of your favourite colours in stock! Check them out and choose one. We know this is the tough part.
5 — Choose Your Anchor Hardware
We offer a broad range of specially selected Marine Grade Stainless Steel Anchor Hardware for you to attach your Shade Sail to a variety of building materials including wood, brick, concrete and roof trusses.
6 — Complete Your Order
Checkout and provide your contact, shipping address and payment information. Standard Sized Shade Sails ship within 2 business days. You’ll receive a tracking number once your order is on its way!
Shade Analysis & DesignServices
Our Shade Analysis & Design is the best way for you to not only visualize your next project but it’s also the best way for you to analyze just how much shade will be created at different times of day or year.
In order to properly tension your Standard-size Shade Sail, you need to ensure that your corners of your Shade Sail align with your anchoring points - meaning they are as close to one another as possible without the need for cables. (If cables are needed to make up for some distance, that is fine as well but you can expect slightly more movement in your Shade Sail when the winds pick up).
The tension in your Shade Sail will come from the perimeter cabling that already sits within the fabric perimeter of the Shade Sail, and the turnbuckles inserted into the cabling system already.
The first step to ensuring your Shade Sail is set up correctly would be to ensure your cable clamps are tight against the cable. During installation, you would have already tightened these, but it’s a good starting point to ensure your Shade Sail maintains rigidity. (See here for Standard-size Shade Sail installation instructions)
The second step to ensure your Shade Sail is tensioned correctly would be to turn your turnbuckles. It’s important to note that the nuts on either side of your turnbuckle thread are loosened outwards first. This allows your turnbuckle to grip more thread. Turn your turnbuckle until the resistance becomes too heavy. Lock your nuts back against your turnbuckle mechanism. They should both sit flush against your turnbuckle and be tight. This ensures your turnbuckles don’t turn loose in storms and that your Shade Sails maintains its tension and high-performance.
If the distances between your anchor points, considering the fact that they should be at different heights, don’t end up matching one of our Standard-size Shade Sails, you should then browse our Custom-size Shade Sails. They’re custom made to fit any space and any size. For optimal performance, the corners of your Shade Sail should always connect directly to the anchor point hardware. You can use some cabling to make up for additional distance, but we don’t recommend relying on this method because it allows for more movement in your sail. When in doubt, reach out to one of our Shade Architects who will be more than happy to assist you and ensure you get it right!
Simply put - VERY important! Shade Sails perform best when under immense tension. Tension allows the cabling in the perimeter of the Shade Sail to increase the Sail’s rigidity, allows the Shade Sail to not crease and allows for a smooth, aerodynamic shape to transpire. This is one of the most noticeable aspects to a Shade Sail - that if tensioned properly, will experience almost no movement at all when winds or storms arise.
Having your Shade Sail correctly tensioned also allows your Shade Sail to shed water and debris better. A Shade Sail that is not under tension is too vulnerable to pooling water, leaves or whatever else might find itself atop your Shade Sail fabric. The video below illustrates how you can ensure that your Shade Sail is not only installed correctly but is tensioned properly too.
What a great sail and great company. 5 stars for sure!! Chris was so helpful and patient, and the online videos are fabulous! I found that using a ratchet strap was very helpful for attaching the tethers!
Thanks for the review Kirk! Glad to hear our YouTube channel was helpful, and great idea using a ratchet strap! Looks terrific, enjoy!
We lived in New Zealand in 2007/08. We fell in love with shade sails there. When we came back to Canada, we looked until we happily found Shade Sail Canada! We ordered our first shade sail (orange) and loved it! It has provided many many years of shade for us. After an outdoor renovation this past summer, we decided it was time for a second shade sail. This summer we purchased our blue shade sail. It is amazing! We can enjoy our backyard and south facing deck during the entire summer! Thank you Shade Sail Canada for such an amazing product! Our new one is riddled with so many upgrades from our original one! If we were able to win the contest, we would replace our original sail! ❤️
Looks wonderful Denise. Glad your old sail is still performing for you, and that you were able to notice to improvements we've made over the years! Enjoy!
When the sail arrived it looked quite Orange. We installed it and once up it goes very well with the maroon accent colors that we have. Installed with the traveler system - it does exactly what we hoped it would do. Very happy at this point.
Thanks T, glad to hear you're happy with both your Shade Sail & Traveler System. Enjoy!
This shade sail is gorgeous! Very well made. I appreciate the company working with us to find the solution that would work best for our space.
You guys build an incredibly solid and reliable product and it has become a center piece on our outdoor space for the last year. I constantly have people asking me where I got it, and I cant say enough about how well this baby holds up!
I cant help but laugh when I go to other peoples homes and they have sails from Amazon or Canadian Tire or something and they say how much they saved.totally laughable when their product looks like complete crapand you just know its only going to last them for a year.
Im really glad I found you guys online and am thrilled with the product