Differences between Awnings and Shade Sails?

Why install a SD Sail Shades instead of a traditional awning

The material, the thickness and height of the masts, the stiffness and the wind resistance are key to the success of SD sails.

If we want to prepare our terraces and gardens for the arrival of summer, now is a good time, and even more so considering the sunny days that Alicante enjoys throughout the year. First, we must detect the needs we have and secondly choose the model that best suits them. And a good option is the Sd Sails Shades.

The tensioned sail is a solar protection system made of a technical fabric, perimeter cable, plates and / or anchoring masts and tensioning elements that by means of geometric shapes and tension curves on their sides cover and protect from the sun a certain surface. They can be superimposed over each other in order to protect a larger surface from the sun.

At first, the decision to install a sunscreen as a tense candle is motivated by the differentiation of the product with respect to other systems in the market. We tell you its advantages compared to the traditional awning.


The design of the Sd Sail Shades is the result of a study of the client’s solar protection needs and the space required for their subsequent enjoyment.

Getting that study balanced is not an easy task. You have to calculate the sun’s travel in both summer and winter with special emphasis on the highest position of the sun to obtain the projection of the sun protection offered by the SD sails and make it match the optimum possible shade space.


The SD Shades are always unique, there is no design like another, since each place they are placed in will be different. All models are made to measure.


An elegant and avant-garde item with lines adapted to its space and totally unique that fits perfectly with the surroundings is appreciated in the set.

Greater resistance to the wind

Calculating the possible impact of the wind in the area and place of the installation of the SD sail is also a detail to consider. The wind resistance capacity of a SD sail is superior to that of a traditional awning or pergola, which in case of storm or strong winds these systems must be collected. There is the possibility of carrying out a detailed study of the wind resistance, the possibilities and historical wind in the place and the necessary anchoring so that the SD Sail is a fixed structure without the need for collection. This study is carried out in places of public access and civil works.

It is very important to choose the material well, which will protect us from the sun. The protection against UV rays, its impermeability and its resistance and durability will depend on your choice. For this reason, a benchmark in the solar protection sector, pays special attention to this aspect and its manufacturing and installation procedure allows them to monitor the customer’s needs from the moment they decide to install a SD Sails Shades.

A very meticulous protection

Among the calculations that are carried out for the placement of the sail is the thickness and height of the masts or poles that will support the tension of the SD sail as well as the anchoring of these to the ground and / or walls. If this calculation is not done correctly, the wind resistance of the SD sail will be reduced. If the SD Sails are anchored with plates to the wall, the stability of the same should be checked, since the surface in contact with the wall of the plates obtained from the calculation of candle tensions.

Finally, it is necessary to calculate the deformation of the tissue that will be produced when subjecting it to the stresses of each anchoring place. This deformation must be compensated so that the SD sail obtains the greatest possible rigidity. Normally they can be compensated with different heights of the masts and with stress calculations in the warp and fabric weft. In the models of manual and motorized sails, these calculations are multiplied since the variables of collection and extension of the SD sail must be added.

All these calculations, tensioning and installation systems that come with the SD sails are continuously audited by our ISO 9001 quality system that systematically sets the production and quality controls both in the external products that make up the SD sail and the processes of manufacture and installation .

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