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SHADING SPACES

Friday, April 21, 2017

Shade sails can be a great addition to your garden without suffocating the space. The Mumbai Mix Team tells you all about shade sails and how they can make your garden a lovely place to hang out in, even during summer months

Not many in Mumbai are blessed with a large or lavish garden as part of their property, but if you have one, you should count yourself very lucky indeed. Still, what good is having all that space if it gets so hot during the summer months that you don’t use it at all in the heat? However, you don’t have to lock yourself up indoors, and sulk and curse the heat. Instead, embrace the lovely weather conditions, especially when it gets cooler in the evenings, with what is known as a shade sail.

But, what in the world is a shade sail? Well, it is simply a large sail-shaped device that you can set-up practically anywhere outside, even on your balcony, although it is usually used in gardens and lawn areas. It is made of a durable fabric that is stretched taught and tethered to metal poles or other support structures. It provides shade outdoors, while not being restrictive. In other words, it allows you to enjoy the outdoors minus the direct heat of the sun.

WHY BUY ONE?
You may think that a shade sail looks awkward and strange (if not ugly) and will take away from the rolling openness of your lawn. But, it will give you reason (and opportunity) to go out and frolic in the summer heat. And, if that’s not reason enough for one, here are a few more:

Many styles to choose from: Shade sails come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, so you don’t have to worry about it not fitting with your lawn space.

Easy to maintain: Once installed (a process that’s also quite simple), shade sails need little maintenance and can last for years, if not decades.

Suits your needs: Besides providing respite from the direct sun, shade sails can be as permanent as you want. They can be moved relatively easily.

THE KIND FOR YOU
The types of shade sails available are so varied with each boasting of its pros and cons, that if you’ve decided to put one in your yard or lawn, you’ll have to know what type suits your needs. Here’s how to narrow it down.

Space concerns: Because shade sails come in different shapes and sizes, you can pick depending on how large a lawn you have. Triangular shapes (or other unique or funky shapes) suit smaller spaces while the classic square or rectangular shapes are better suited to larger spaces.

Shade corner: Just because you have a large garden, it doesn’t mean that you need an expansive shade sail. It really depends on how much shade you need. However, if you’re thinking of covering a larger area, you don’t have to settle for one huge shade sail; you can consider layering them for a better visual effect.

Colour matters too: You can always add a dash of colour to your lawn with a vibrant shade sail, which will make it look livelier.

Pool protection: The chlorine that evaporates from pools can damage certain types of fabric. So, if you’re using a shade sail to protect a pool, you’ll have limited options. But remember never to use plastic shades near a pool.

Time frame: If you don’t want to have to take your shade sail down and put it back up again, you’ll need to choose a hardier fabric that can be left out all year long.

SHADES WE LOVE
Check out these lovely shade sail options that you can buy online and get started

Where: www.amazon.com (with shipping extra)

Net play
Made of net, this ready-to-hang Hippo shade sail costs Rs 1,175 and cuts out 90% of the sun’s UV rays. The great thing about this one is that it is available in three sizes and it can be used throughout the year.

Where: www.flipkart.com

Simple green
Looking for ways to add a little more green to your garden? Give this green shade sail a chance. Starting at Rs 966, this plastic sail is made of high density polyethylene shade cloth that promises to keep your garden cool.

Where: www.amazon.in

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