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Shade sails aren’t just for summer

You might think shade sails are only necessary during the summer months. While it’s true their main purpose of blocking the sun’s rays mean they are predominantly used when the weather is warmer, this doesn’t make them redundant at other times of the year.

Shelter from the elements 

The sun isn’t the only thing sail shades can provide protection from, as these durable structures can also shelter you from other elements such as wind and rain. Having a shade in your garden means you can still enjoy being outside during the winter and won’t be at risk of getting wet.

While our shade structures can stand up to wind and rain, they are not designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and should be taken down if particularly bad weather is forecast.

Shade sails aren't just for summer

Shade sails aren’t just for summer

Business use

Many businesses use shade sails for a wide variety of purposes such as covering outdoor seating, smoking areas and building entrances to name but a few. These businesses still require their shades outside the summer months and our products are durable enough to perform all year round.


One of the best things about our shade sails is the fact they are semi-permanent and can be taken down and re-erected according to your personal preference. For example, if you decide to take your shade down during the winter months, only to find a sunny day is forecast you can put the structure back up quickly and easily.

Sun safety

While sunburn isn’t a common problem in the winter, people with particularly pale skin can still be at risk during days when the sun is shining strongly. Having a shade sail will help to reduce the chances of getting burned, which will limit the likelihood of more severe problems such as skin cancer developing.

You can take a look at our full range of shade canopies by visiting our online store.

How does the bespoke shade sail process work?

So, you’ve decided on adding a bespoke shade sail to your property and are considering buying it from the team here at Shaded Nation.

However, you might have a few questions about how the process works before you make your final decision. If so, here is a handy guide that provides a brief overview of how we work and will give you a good idea of what buying your shade from us will entail.

Whenever we receive an enquiry about a shade, the first step is to carry out a thorough analysis of your requirements. We’ll look to gather as much information as possible to ensure you get a shade structure that fulfils all of your needs.

Once the analysis is complete, we move on to design. Using the information gathered in the analysis stage we will design a shade sail that meets your requirements as much as possible – taking into account a wide range of factors from location through to the time of year the shade will be used.

The next stage is manufacturing. All of our structures are built using shades from Sail Shade World as we believe these products are the finest on the market and offer the best combination of style, durability and reliability.

You can be sure your shade will stand the test of time as we’ll use state-of-the-art machinery and years of experience to produce a structure that will be as long lasting as it is good looking.

Once manufacturing is complete it’s time for installation and one of our project managers will oversee the whole process, which is normally completed within a few weeks.

Our service doesn’t stop after installation and we’re happy to offer a low cost maintenance package if you’d rather not carry out cleaning and re-tensioning yourself.

Want to know even more? You can find detailed information about how we work by clicking here.

Take a look at our shade structure accessories

Here at Shaded Nation we pride ourselves on being the UK’s leading provider of shade sail structures.

Our expertise doesn’t stop there however, as we also offer a range of excellent accessories that can really help you make the most of your shade. Read on for a quick preview of some of the best items we currently have in stock.

LawnsRus artificial grass
What better thing to accompany your shade than an artificial lawn. This provides the appearance and comfort of natural grass, but removes the need for time consuming and expensive maintenance like watering and mowing.

We stock a number of options for you to choose from depending on your budget and requirements. LawnRus is the next generation of artificial grass technology and is designed with bounceability in mind, meaning it won’t easily become flattened like other similar products.

LawnsRus putting
This is the perfect accessory for any golfing enthusiast. When combined with a shade sail, this artificial turf is ideal for creating a practice green that is sheltered from the sun and rain.

The grass contains the maximum tufting density possible and has a stimp of 9.1.  A high number of fibre tips means resistance is decreased and the softness of the turf will prevent the ball from rolling too fast for long periods.

If you’re keen to hone your golfing skills, this really is the product for you.

Installing artificial turf takes a little bit of work and we stock all of the tools you’ll need to get things just right. We have affordable glue, joining tape and weed membrane as well as kiln-dried sand.

One of the toughest things about artificial grass is getting the edging right. For that reason, we sell EverEdge, which is a weather resistant and maintenance-free solution to this problem.

Want to take a look at our full range of accessories? Click here and browse to your heart’s content.

How can schools make the most of a shade structure in winter?

A growing number of schools are installing shade sail structures as this provides an inexpensive and secure area in which outdoor lessons can take place safe from the sun and other elements.

Naturally, the benefits of this are most obvious in the summer months when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. However, shades don’t automatically become redundant when winter comes around there’s still plenty of uses for the structures.

Outdoor learning is always going to be more common in the summer due to the temperature, but it doesn’t have to stop entirely just because the weather has become a little bit colder. Taking a class under the shade can be great way to teach kids about the importance of wrapping up warm and staying protected against colds and flu.

Furthermore, holding an outdoor class can be a good approach for getting kids to learn about the different seasons and the weather.

Many schools hold a variety of events during winter time, such as bonfire night celebrations, firework displays and Christmas festivities. Shade structures can offer a useful means of shelter for people on these occasions and are a handy base for collecting money or serving drinks and food.

Shade structures may be put to more practical use in the winter months as well. They can provide a place to store outdoor furniture and play equipment that needs to be kept safe from the elements during the winter months.

These are just a few of the potential winter uses for a school shade sail structure and prove these products are an investment that can provide benefits all year round rather than just in the summer.

Here at Shaded Nation we regularly install shades for schools and are experienced at producing bespoke designs to suit each school’s individual needs. Have a browse of our website or get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Pre-made or bespoke – which shade is right for you?

So, you’ve made up your mind and are ready to purchase a shade sail. But what option should you go for? Would a pre-made structure be best? Or perhaps a bespoke shade would better suit your needs?

To help you answer these questions, we’ve provided a brief overview of the features of both products below.

A look at the various ways shade sail structures can be used.

Pre-made or bespoke – which shade is right for you?

As the name suggests, a pre-made shade is ready to go as soon as it’s ordered and some of our structures can be up and running within just a few days of you getting in touch. Pre-made shades are ideal for small areas such as gardens and are an extremely affordable way to enhance the appearance and value of your home.

Some of the main benefits of this product type include fast delivery – next day in some cases – low cost and ease of installation. Indeed, you can construct a pre-made shade yourself relatively easily and we’ll provide full instructions on how to do this. However, if you’d rather have an expert touch, we’re happy to install it for you.

If you want a shade structure that’s perfectly tailored to suit your specific needs, the bespoke option is the best choice. We can provide a complete project management service that will see you all the way through from the design and analysis stage to installation and maintenance.

Bespoke shades tend to be produced for commercial clients such as schools, but we have provided them for homeowners in the past as well. The major benefits of this option are that you receive a unique shade that is manufactured with your particular needs in mind. Shape, size and colour, it’s all up to you!

If you still can’t decide what type of shade to go for, why not get in touch with us? We’ve been working in the business for years and are confident we’ll be able to answer any questions you might have, so send us an email or give us a call.

Five reasons to choose a DIY shade sail

Are you a DIY enthusiast? Whether it’s painting and decorating or fixing a leaky tap, there’s something immensely satisfying about doing it yourself.

If you are the type who likes to get their hands dirty, we’re the company to come to, as we stock a range of DIY shade sails that will be just perfect for you. Here’s a rundown of five of the benefits of this product.

One of the main advantages of DIY is cost. Doing something yourself is nearly always cheaper and that certainly applies to our shade sails. You can purchase one of these excellent products for as little as £52 and won’t have to pay any installation costs whatsoever.

This low cost doesn’t mean we skimp on quality however. We pride ourselves on only stocking the best shades on the market and all our products combine robust sun protection, style and durability.

Shade Sails in Garden

Five reasons to choose a DIY shade sail

Ease of installation 
You’d be surprised at just how easy our structures are to install and, provided you follow all of the instructions, you can have your shade up and ready to use within just a few hours of getting started. We know that any DIY task is much easier with proper guidance and have decided to go one step further by providing a free shade sail installation video for everyone who buys one of our products. Click here to take a sneak peak.

Not sure you want a shade sail structure all year round? Concerned about what will happen in bad weather? Well, don’t worry. Our DIY shades are semi-permanent, meaning you can take them down and reassemble at a later date when necessary.

Another thing that might surprise you about our shades is just how little maintenance they require. We recommend regular re-tensioning to ensure strength and durability, but other than that all you need to do is give the structure an occasional wash with a hose and mild detergent.

They say variety is the spice of life and here at Shaded Nation we couldn’t agree more. We’ve plenty of colours, shapes and sizes for you to choose from and the only challenge is managing to pick just one!

The five things you need to know about Shaded Nation

There’s a lot of shade sail companies out there and all of them claim to offer the best service, products and prices.

This is all well and good, but it does make things tricky for you the customer when you need to decide which company to go for.

Here at Shaded Nation, we genuinely believe we are the best in the business and think our products and service are proof of this.

So, if you’re currently trying to make a decision about which shade sail company to go for, here are five things you should know about us before making your choice.

The five things you need to know about Shaded Nation

The five things you need to know about Shaded Nation

The product 
We are the authorised UK distributor and installer of Shade Sail World products. We sell these shades because they are simply the best on the market, offering the ideal combination of the latest technology, style, durability and affordability.

We’ve been in the shade sail business for years and like to think we know a thing or two about it. Our expert team have seen all there is to see about sun shade structures and that expertise serves to really enhance the service we offer.

Having a quality product can only take a company so far. Customers need to be given an excellent level of service and we do our very best to tick that box. Whether it’s providing a complete project management service or giving some advice on how to re-tension a shade structure, you’ll find us helpful, committed and polite.

Our lives seem to be getting busier with every passing year and it can be difficult to fit everything in. With this in mind we try to make our service as flexible as possible, with online and offline payment, a finance plan and a delivery service that is often available next-day.

You don’t just have to take our word for the quality of our products and services, we guarantee it. All of our shade structures are covered by a ten-year or five-year guarantee, so you know you’ll be investing in a product that’s built to last.

Skin cancer treatment named Drug Discovery of the Year

We’re passionate about sun safety here at Shaded Nation and were pleased to hear a new skin cancer treatment was named the British Pharmacological Society’s (BPS) Drug Discovery of the Year on December 19th (2013).

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was awarded the prize for its drug trametinib, which has been produced to treat malignant melanoma – one of the worst forms of skin cancer.

Skin cancer treatment named Drug Discovery of the Year

Skin cancer treatment named Drug Discovery of the Year

Trametinib works to halt the advance of the disease and the BPS said it has brought hope for skin cancer sufferers and their patients.

Dr Ann Haye, BPS fellow and chair of the committee that judged the award, stated: “Trametinib was distinguished by its novel translational pharmacology, but undoubtedly the judges were also impressed by the GSK team’s ambition to address the impact of malignant melanoma on the lives of so many patients and their families.”

She described trametinib as a “first-in-class medicine” for the treatment of this “devastating disease”.

The development of this product is good news and hopefully it will help the thousands of people who suffer from skin cancer each year in the UK.

According to the BPS, there are 12,000 new cases of malignant melanoma annually in Britain. Around 2,000 people die as a result of the condition each year and this is more than any other form of skin cancer.

Malignant melanoma is the third most common disease in the 15 to 39 age group and is caused by overexposure to UV light, be it through natural sunlight or tanning beds.

That so many people are affected by this condition is upsetting, as you can easily reduce your chances of contracting it by taking just a few simple precautions when out in the sun.

Sticking to the shade when possible, covering your skin and applying suntan lotion to any exposed areas will go a long way to keeping you safe and if everyone could do this, instances of the disease would be dramatically reduced.

How are shade sails being used across the UK and beyond?

One of the best things about shade sails is their sheer versatility. These adaptable structures can be used for a wide variety of purposes and that is reflected by the diverse client base we cater to here at Shaded Nation.

Whether it’s large outdoor events or just a family home, we’re experienced at providing either bespoke or ready-made shade solutions for all sorts of customers. Here is a rundown of some of the most common ways our shades have been used in the UK and beyond.

A look at the various ways shade sail structures can be used.

A look at the various ways shade sail structures can be used.

Outdoor events
All manner of outdoor events are able to make use of the shelter provided by a shade sail. Whether it’s a music festival, sporting occasion or village fete, these structures can really serve to enhance a day out.

As well as providing a space in which people can relax out of the sun and other elements, they can be used as ideal space to locate food and refreshment stalls and other facilities that need cover from the weather.

Retail and hospitality 
Our shade structures are commonly used in both the retail and hospitality industries. Shops are able to use them as a means of creating additional, outdoor space in which they can display their wares.

Meanwhile, restaurants, cafes, pubs and other hospitality venues use our shades to create sheltered al fresco dining areas. The semi-permanent nature of our products makes them ideal for this purpose as they can be taken down during the winter and then reassembled in the spring when demand for outdoor eating and drinking returns.

One of the most popular uses for our products is in the education sector. We have installed shade sails for schools, nurseries, day care centres and youth clubs and they can be used in a variety of ways.

For example, extending a shade structure onto the side of a building is an affordable way to create an outdoor classroom. We also regularly install playground shades, meaning kids can enjoy being outside without being exposed to the elements.

Shade structures can also fulfill more practical purposes such as providing a covered storage space for outdoor furniture or other school equipment.

It isn’t just schools and businesses that can make use of a shade sail structure, as we also cater for strong demand from residential customers.

There are more potential uses for a shade in the home then you might think. For example, they can be used to cover a koi pond, shelter a child’s sandpit, or simply create a relaxed and shaded spot in which you can sit and enjoy your garden. Shade structures can even be used as an affordable way to create a car port.

We have products to suit all household budgets and can provide ready-made or bespoke shades depending on your preference.

Not sure we will be able to provide a shade sail structure for your specific needs? We’ve years of experience in the industry and the chances are we will have created something similar in the past. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss whatever it is you have in mind.