Kookaburra waterproof shade sails are our most resilient and sun protective shade sails. They’re designed and manufactured to offer maximum UV protection whilst also providing a fully waterproof canopy for use in the garden.
How Waterproof Are They?
When we say waterproof, we mean waterproof. We’ve got a water resistant range which might occasionally allow a certain amount of water to seep through the fabric. But our waterproof range is designed to hold up against water completely.
What Makes Them Waterproof?
While most shade sails on the market are knitted, our waterproof shade sails are woven. This allows for a much denser fabric. The tighter weave is practically impermeable.
The original thinking behind the knitted fabrics is that in warm climates, having a looser knit allows for hot air to escape from under the fabric. This will keep it cooler underneath the fabric but at the expense of the waterproofing the fabric.
We simply reversed the thinking and went for waterproofing over air cooling.
Will They Withstand Rain?
Kookaburra waterproof shade sails will withstand rain provided they are set up in the recommended fashion shown in our installation page. Because the fabric is completely waterproof, the water that falls on it must be able to run-off. If it’s not directed off and away from the fabric it will simply pool there causing sagging and eventually stretching the weave of the fabric.
In order to prevent this, the shade sail should be pulled as taut as possible and should be installed with at least one corner at a lower angle than all other corners. This will create the slope necessary in the fabric for rainwater run-off.
What’s The Difference Between Waterproof And Breathable?
The difference between waterproof shade sails and breathable shade sails is in the fabric itself. The waterproof shade sails are a woven high density polyester. The breathable shade sails are a knitted mono-filament polymer. The fabrics are rated on a density scale which is based upon the grams of fabric per square meter. The breathable shade sails are technically a higher density at 320gsm but the polyester fabric used for the waterproof sails is still more weather-resistant even at 160gsm.
Which Is Better?
There isn’t really a better shade sail, just one more suited to your needs. If you live in a particularly warm climate with very little rain then you’ll be best off getting a breathable shade sail. The looser fabric knit will allow more hot air to escape from underneath the sail making the shade the perfect place to relax.
If you live in a region more prone to outbreaks of rain then go for a waterproof shade sail. The tighter weave will prevent any rain seeping through the fabric so you’ll be perfectly dry when sat underneath. And for the days when the sun does shine, you’ll have the added benefit of knowing you’re also getting a highly UV protective canopy.
Sun Protection Benefits
The potential for skin damage caused by exposure to the sun can be calculated and placed on a scale called the UV Index. The higher the rating, the more susceptible you’ll be to skin damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. The best way to combat the risk of sun exposure is to make use of UV protective products. The effectiveness of those products can also be measured and should be clearly displayed on any item claiming to be safe for use in the sun.
Our waterproof shade sails have an ultraviolet protection factor of 50+, the most possible by current testing standards. They offer 98% protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. In terms of safe sun protection, our waterproof shade sails equal if not exceed anything available on the market.
Rain Protection Benefits
In most cases, shade sails offer great sun protection but nothing in the way of rain or water protection. Kookaburra waterproof shade sails will not only shade from UV rays but will also protect you from showers thanks to the innovative weave employed in the manufacturing process.
Furniture Protection Benefits
An additional, but often overlooked, benefit of having a sail over a patio is the preservation of home and garden furniture. Prolonged sun exposure causes discoloration of fabric which will be noticed in patio furniture sets particularly quickly. Making use of a shade sail over a garden table and chair set will help maintain the fabric for far longer than would otherwise be possible without a furniture cover.
Does The Color Affect The Level Of Sun Protection?
The color of shade sail you choose will not affect the shading quality of the fabric. The level of sun protection comes from the fabric weave rather than the fabric color. You might notice that certain colors such as blue and charcoal appear to block out more light than say sand or ivory. Rest assured that all colors will offer the same level of protection.