Party shade sails are the perfect alternative to our waterproof and breathable shade sails if you’re looking for a more affordable option. Designed and manufactured with the same care and quality seen in our more expensive models, the party sails still manage to provide a high level of sun and rain protection.
What’s Different About A Party Sail?
Firstly it’s helpful to establish we offer two types of shade sail – waterproof options and breathable options. The main difference between the two types of shade sail model is the type of fabric used. Each type also makes use of a different finishing process - weaving or knitting.
Our waterproof options are polyester based and use a weaving process. The treated polyester is fantastic for its water resistant qualities. The weaving process allows for a much tighter and more densely packed fabric which again helps prevent water from seeping through.
Our breathable sail options use a polymer weave in a knitted finish. The polymer weave does not boast the same waterproof qualities as the polyester but it allows for hot air to escape from underneath the fabric. Similarly, the knitting process allows for tiny holes in the fabric for the same purpose of keeping you cool when sat or stood underneath the sail. The polymer weave, knitted options are more suitable in warm weather but not ideal in rain.
Within each of the two types of shade sail, we offer a further choice of two different fabric densities. The fabric density determines how much sun protection the shade sail will afford you.
So within the breathable option type, the party shade sail is not as dense as the standard sail.
Is It As Good As A Waterproof Or Standard?
Our party shade sails offer the least sun and rain protection of all four available choices but are still denser than the majority of alternatives on the market. Our waterproof and standard breathable options offer 98% and 96.5% UV protection respectively. By comparison our party sails offer 90% UV protection. Aside from the fabric density, the party sails are manufactured to the same standards as the waterproof and standard breathable options. They make use of grade 304 stainless steel hardware D rings in each corner. And each shade sail is rot proof and easy to sponge clean.
How Waterproof Is It?
The short answer is not very. But it’s not designed to be waterproof. If you want or need a waterproof option you’d be better off getting one rather than trying to make do with a breathable option. Our standard and party options are just not intended to provide that service. They’re intended to provide a cooling sun shade under which you’ll be able to relax, safe in the knowledge you’re well shaded and free from the build-up of excess heat.
How Sun Protective Is It?
Whilst not as sun protective as our waterproof options, you’ll still get a high level of UV protection from our party shade sails. They’ve been independently tested to an ultraviolet protection factor of 14. That amounts to blocking out 90% of the sun’s harmful rays when sat underneath a party shade sail.
When To Use A Party Shade Sail
It should be noted that our party shade sails are intended for temporary rather than permanent use. They’re ideal for putting up on warm days or even taking on vacation, but they’re not intended for use all year round.
Why not set one up when you’re next planning a barbecue? Or perhaps take one with you to the beach to shade the family?
As long as you don’t leave the sail erected year round where it’s exposed to the elements and the constant tension applied in each corner, you’ll find a party shade is one of the best sun protection investments you can make.