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How to mount a shade sail: the definitive guide for installation

How many times have you not purchased a shade sail because you thought installation was difficult and complicated?
The design, as well as the installation, can be done by anyone simply following the advices and the basic rules that you will find below.
The choice of an outdoor shade sail allows you to create a protected and shaded space without having to resort to permanent masonry, maintaining a superb quality / price ratio.
Below you will find all the information you need to plan, install and maintain the shading coverage at best. On the side you will find an explanatory video of an installation.

In this section you will discover how to properly install your shade sail. You'll find a step-by-step guide to professionally fastening and tensioning your shade sail with the help of our wall plates and poles.

Here you will find all useful information about cleaning, storage and maintenance of your garden sail.

Where to install a shade sail?
The choice of the area!

The installation of a shade sail can be done practically anywhere!

The sails can fit small areas of a few square feet, up to larger areas using compositions, tiling and overlapping to obtain unique effects!

On the side you will find graphic designs that reproduce only some of the infinite possibilities of installation.

where to install shade sails

Where to anchor the edges of the sail? Tips and tricks

Once the area to be covered has been decided, we move on to identifying the anchor points of all the edges of the sail.

Here too we have a wide choice, as the sail can be anchored to existing structures (walls - poles), as long as it can withstand the traction force of the sail, or you can resort to poles for shade sails (click here for the catalog), which are also correctly positioned and resistant.

Always provide an angle at a lower height than the others, this allows the correct outflow of rainwater.
It is recommended a minimum slope of 25% between the fixing points.

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Tension the fabric evenly by applying the same force on all corners.

Correct sail tension is essential to obtain an impeccable aesthetic result and optimal performance in terms of resistance to wind, rain or hail.

The advantages of a well-tensioned sail are:

  • better wind resistance
  • no pockets of water are created
  • less risk of tearing
  • cleaner aesthetic result
  • better water drainage
  • and many others...

You can learn more with our guide 'Correctly Tensioning a shade sail'.

How to fix your shade sail

Now let's analyze the various accessories to be able to anchor our waterproof or breathable shade sails according to the surfaces available:

Depending on your spaces, you can take advantage of any walls to anchor your shade sail with the help of the special plates contained in our wall kits.

Alternatively, you can use our support poles, created specifically for a robust and professional fixing of the awnings.

ancoraggi a parete See the 'Wall fixings' catalog

All MaantA wall kits contain a very strong galvanized or stainless steel anchor plate.

  • Kit Muscle x3 kits include nautical rope, force multiplier and quick release.
  • SimplE wall kit is made with tensioner and carabiners.
  • SimplE wall kit includes nautical rope and carabiners.
Find out how to install a wall fixing
pali per vele ombreggianti See our 'shade sail poles' catalogue

Use the robust and elegant Maanta poles to anchor your shade sail professionally and definitively

Alu-SimplE: elegant aluminum pole with double lane for the variable height anchoring of multiple sails.

Ulisse: galvanized steel pole, 6 anchoring points with variable height. Extremely robust with elliptical design

Find out how to install a shade sail pole

Distances and positioning of the fixings from the corners of the sail

Understanding the distances between the anchor and the edge of the sail is very simple!!

We recommend laying the sail on the ground to find the correct point of the anchors, which will be found respecting the continuation of the diagonals (see figure below left)

This expedient will allow us to tension the fabric correctly and obtain an optimal aesthetic result.

It is recommended to use plates proportionate to the size of the covers which will then be positioned, to avoid any safety inconvenience.

In addition to the size of our cover, it must be provided from a minimum of 1 foot to a maximum of 3 feet of distance between the corner and the fixing point. This will allow positioning of the tensioning accessories (carabiners - tensioners - ropes).

shade sail positioning distances from corner of shade sail to fixing point

Assembly of the wall kit plates

The wall anchor consists of plates available in both galvanized and stainless steel, equipped with an eyelet that allows you to connect the sail corner

Here are the 4 steps for installing the wall plate.

wall plate installation

1 • Drill the wall Identify the fixing points and drill the wall with a drill 1/2.

chemical anchor for wall plates

2 • Chemical anchor Remove the dust from the holes and apply the chemical anchor G2000 with the appropriate gun

threaded rods on wall kits shade sails

3 • Threaded rods M10x12 Insert the M10x12 threaded rods and leave to rest for at least 30min.

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4 • Lay the plate by fixing the blind nuts on the threaded bars.

Video instructions for mounting wall anchors for shade sails

In the first video we present the connection between plate or pole and the sail.
In the second you will understand the simplicity of installing the wall plate with threaded bars.

Recommended products for wall fixing

Maanta recommends its exclusive Muscle Kit x3 for professional wall anchoring.

Muscle x3 guarantees optimal sail tension and is extremely functional thanks to the quick release mechanism.
Alternatively we offer our SimplE Wall Kits with tensioner and carabiners or with nautical rope.

Kit Muscle x3

wall fixing kit for shade sails Muscle x3

Recommended by Maanta!
1 sturdy plate
4 meters of nautical rope
2 D-shackles
1 standard pulley
1 pulley with integrated cleat
Available in stainless steel or galvanized

See product

Kit SimplEwith tensioner

wall plate with tensioner for shade sails

Great quality, low price
1 sturdy plate
1M6 tensioner
2 carabiners 60x6
Available in stainless steel or galvanized

See product

Kit SimplEwith nautical rope

nautical rope kit wall anchor

Adjustable lenght
1 sturdy plate
2 meters of nautical rope
2 carabiners 60x6
Available in stainless steel or galvanized.

See product

Assembling the poles for shade sails:
Installation Instructions

Maanta poles are available in both aluminium and steel; both versions are designed to withstand the tension of the shade sail.

The positioning of a pole must be foreseen on a plinth or a cemented surface capable of resisting the tensile stresses produced by the sail.

If you need to build a dedicated plinth, we recommend following the following measures
25x25x25 inches (or bigger).

measures cocnrete plinth for shade sails
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Reinforced concrete Extended reinforced concrete surface at least 6 inches thick

Concrete plinth for sun sails

Concrete plinth Concrete plinth measuring at least 25x25x25 inches

Perimeter walls, robust and at least 45cm high

Perimeter walls Perimeter walls, robust and at least 20 inches high

Pole Assembly Instructions For Ground Base Versions

The installation of the base on the concrete plinth or on reinforced concrete consists of 8 stages

Below is a step-by-step guide:

identify location

1 • Identify location Locate the fixing points, orienting the pole towards the center of the sail

installation ground plates for shade sail poles

2 • Drill the pit Drill the concrete well with a 5/8 bit

chemical anchor

3 • Chemical anchor Clean the holes and fill them with the chemical anchor.

screw base

4 • Screw base Insert the M12x13 threaded rods and leave to rest for at least 30min

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5 • Rest on the threaded bars and tighten the 4 blind nuts.

Assembly of the pole

6 • Assembly of the pole Insert the lower pole, screw the joint and then the upper part.

Eyebolt and Muscle x3 maanta pole for shade sails

7 • Eyebolt and Muscle x3 Insert the eyebolt in the lanes, hook the tension Muscle x3 kit

Secure the cap by inserting 2 T-nuts into and tightening the 2 screws

8 • Cap Secure the cap by inserting 2 T-nuts into and tightening the 2 screws

Assembly Instructions for the poles on perimeter walls

To install the pole on a wall, the base is not necessary, as we developed a special plate called 'wall collar'.

The installation is similar to the previous one, only the fixing position differs

pole mounting instructions for perimeter walls 1

1 • Drill the wall Identify the fixing points, providing for min. 30cm distance between the two collars and drill.

pole mounting instructions for perimeter walls 2

2 • Chemical anchor Clean the holes and fill them with the chemical anchor.

pole mounting instructions for perimeter walls 3

3 • Threaded rods Insert the M12x13 threaded rods and leave to rest for at least 30min.

pole mounting instructions for perimeter walls 4

4 • Fastening Fix the collars to the wall with the 4 nuts, insert the pole and fix it with the special T-nuts

Removal and Conservation

Waterproof Shade Sails can be used seasonally or, without contraindications, throughout the year..

You can proceed with their removal at any time, and this operation does not present any difficulty: it can be done in very few minutes.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Garden sails can be cleaned with neutral detergents, left to act for a few minutes, and thoroughly rinsed. To remove stains or streaks, you can work on the area with very soft brushes to avoid damaging the fabric

We can finally enjoy a space sheltered from the sun and bad weather, maintaining style and originality..

In a very short time and with simple notions of 'Do It Yourself' we positioned our Shade Sail!

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