Our shade sail fabrics: characteristics and strengths

The sun sails from the Maanta catalog are available in 4 different fabrics.

The entry-level Easy Shade Sails are made in the waterproof version with a 160 gram PU double-coated polyester while the shading elements are made with a 180 gram high density virgin polyethylene (HDPE).

The sails made in Italy Saill and SolariA are instead made with Weathertech polypropylene in the waterproof version and with a very sturdy 320 grams HDPE in the breathable version.

The 4 fabrics of Maanta sails

Let's find out the characteristics and advantages of the 4 fabrics together!

POLYESTERWEATHERTECHVIRGIN HDPEMESHNET 320
POLYESTERWEATHERTECHVIRGIN HDPEMESHNET 320
TYPE OF FABRICPOLYESTERPOLYPROPYLENE (OLEFIN)POLYETHYLENE
HIGH DENSITY
POLYETHYLENE
HIGH DENSITY
FABRIC WEIGHT160 g/m²270 g/m²180 g/m²320 g/m²
ECO-COMPATIBILITY'3/55/53/53/5
SEALED SEAMSYESYESNONO
COLOR PERSISTENCE3/55/55/55/5
RESISTANCE TO
TEAR / HAIL
3/54/54/55/5
IMPERMEABILITY5/55/51/52/5
WATER RUNOFF90%100%20%40%
CONDENSATION RISK3/5 - - -
RESISTANCE TO
WATER COLUMN
50 mm500 mm00
PERCEIVED FRESHNESS2/54/54/55/5
RESISTANCE TO MOLD3/55/55/55/5
ABRASION RESISTANCE3/55/54/55/5
RESISTANCE TO TENSION3/54/54/55/5

Our waterproof fabrics

polyester waterproof fabric

POLYESTER 160g

A 160g polyester fabric with double PU coating. Thanks to some technical features and sealed seams, it offers good waterproofing and tension. It is certainly a reliable fabric for the entry level range, which performs its rain protection functions well.

polyester fabric shade sails

WEATHERTECH 270g

An environmentally friendly fabric, made of highly ecological polypropylene and suitable for recycling. It combines excellent mechanical properties (tensile strength, tensile strength) with a great balance between impermeability (500mm water column) and breathability: this helps us to have an excellent exchange of air useful for perceiving a much lower temperature during the summer (37% heat reduction). The persistence of color is fantastic over time and evidenced by the result of laboratory tests (7/8 ISO 105B02).

Our breathable fabrics (not waterproof)

HDPE fabric shade sails

POLYETHYLENE HDPE 180g

The 180 gram woven virgin polyethylene is a reliable and functional entry level fabric. It has excellent wind resistance and thanks to its woven mesh it allows the outflow of heat upwards, creating cool areas protected from UV rays. Particularly suitable for bathing establishments or covering car parks.

virgin hdpe fabric for sun shades

MESHNET 320g

Our Meshnet 320g is an extremely robust woven virgin polyethylene. Thanks to this feature, it is able to form a heat shield that allows for fresh shading of all external areas: it lets the heat pass upwards and keeps the environment under the roof ventilated. Again, thanks to its dense mesh, it also allows 40% of the water that will fall onto the cover to flow out!

 

The characteristics of the Maanta Waterproof sails

The fabric of our Easy Shade sails is a 160 grams polyester per square meter with double polyurethane coating and perimeter reinforcement tape.
The double polyurethane covering is one of the advantages of Maanta sails compared to competing ones as it ensures greater waterproofness. The sail is machine washable at 40 °.

The fabric of the Saill and Solaria sails is instead the 270 grams per square meter Weathertech . The innovative coating allows it to be both waterproof (500mm water column - which identifies that it can withstand the pressure of 50cm of water before starting to drip!) And breathable (breathability g / m2 / 24h 700).
This allows for a fabric that is both waterproof and 'cool'. In addition, polypropylene is famous both for being completely anti-mold and for having excellent mechanical properties such as resistance to tension and abrasion, things that are really necessary for awnings. Finally, the main thing: polypropylene is the fabric with the lowest index (37) of environmental impact in the eco-compatibility ranking drawn up by the HIGG association, which takes into account the impact on various factors including global warming, eutrophication, use of water in the production process, depletion of fossil resources, CO2 emissions, and use of chemicals.

Advantages of waterproof fabrics

They are both very waterproof (water column resistant 50 and 500mm) . They protect the shaded area both from rain but also from leaves, bird dirt and more.

Disadvantages: waterproof polyester retains heat and creates a 'hood' effect , it is more subject to wear, tear and wind stress.

Attention: To ensure very high wind resistance and we recommend that you tension the fabric correctly. The well-stretched fabric 'cuts' the wind better and makes the rain flow better.

We recommend tilting the sail in the correct way (at least 25% slope), otherwise central pockets can form which damage the sail and cause large quantities of water to accumulate.

The combination of tension and tilt is really essential in waterproof sails . If only one of these two elements is missing, we can be sure that the fabric will do its function, that is, it will retain water but in the center of the sail, which is very dangerous! Rather than deficit, we abound, both with tension and with inclination, with waterproof fabric it is really important!

 

The characteristics of the shading fabric (breathable - HDPE)

Our Easy Shade breathable sails are made of 180 grams VIRGIN polyethylene (we specify this because using a non-recycled material there is much more quality of the filament and resistance over time). The shade sails can be washed with a pressure washer.

The breathable sails made in Italy Saill and Solaria instead use the very robust Meshnet HDPE fabric, weighing 320 grams per square meter . This accentuates the advantages of HDPE fabric and allows for better summer freshness thanks to the heat shield that a fabric of that thickness is able to develop.

Advantages of the shading / breathable fabric:

  • incredibly resistant to gusts of wind (lets it through)
  • lets the hot air vent 'naturally' upwards (and does not have the 'hood' effect of a raincoat)
  • anti-mold, anti-tear, more resistant over time and to traction.
  • Does not accumulate any bags , neither of air nor of water of course.

Attention: even the breathable fabric must be tensioned correctly as this will help us to make it more stable against the wind and will also help some rainwater to slide towards the corners without piercing. The 180 grams will allow 20% of rainwater to drain if properly tensioned and tilted, while with the 320 grams it will reach 40%.

All Maanta sails and anchoring accessories are particularly robust and specially designed for above average tensions!

 

In case of rain: which shade sail is the most waterproof?

The waterproof sails are treated with different coatings that guarantee waterproofing . To achieve optimal performance, we recommend that you follow the assembly instructions and tension and tilt the sail correctly.

The breathable fabric is not waterproof . If properly tensioned it filters approx. 20% of the water (40% in the case of 320 grams). The fabric, however, is very resistant over time and easily withstands exposure to atmospheric agents. The shade sails have an anti-mold treatment and dry quickly after summer showers.

The waterproof Maanta fabrics and sealed seams guarantee total protection from the rain.

 rainproof waterproof sails

 

In scorching heat - heat protection

On the hottest days of the year it is important to protect yourself from the sun.

Both types of fabric (waterproof and shading) create a shaded area protected from harmful UV rays.

The polyester fabric is not breathable and therefore does not allow hot air to rise naturally upwards.

The Weathertech polypropylene waterproof fabric is instead breathable and is able to ensure summer freshness. Our tests indicate 37% heat reduction between the top and bottom of the fabric.

The 180 gram HDPE shading fabric allows the hot air to pass 'naturally' upwards. This creates a cool and shady environment.

Finally, the 320 gram HDPE shading fabric as well as allowing hot air to pass through is also very robust and this allows it to create a better heat shield than to the 180 gram version.

shade sail heat protection

 

Wind resistance

Maanta scrupulously chooses its products in order to provide the consumer with safety and strength. However, the characteristics of the two fabrics are very different.

Thanks to its open 'knit' texture, the shade fabric is more wind resistant than waterproof fabric.

The waterproof fabric traps the wind and tends to transmit its strength to the anchors.

If tensioned and tilted correctly, a waterproof sail withstands Beaufort scale winds of 30-39 km / h in the case of Easy Shade, 40/50 km / h in the case of Saill or 51/62 km / h in the case of by Solaria.

The breathable HDPE fabric , on the other hand, lets the wind pass through the mesh of the HDPE fabric. In this way, the force of the wind is not transmitted to the fabric or to the anchors.

If tensioned and tilted correctly, a (breathable) shade sail can withstand Scala Beaufort winds of 51-62 km / h, reaching up to 55/65 km / h in the case of Solaria. wind resistance shade sails

We therefore recommend that you consider purchasing a breathable shade sail if the place of use is particularly windy .

Ecco la differenza tra le vele impermeabili e le vele ombreggianti in caso di vento

vele ombreggianti anti-vento

 

In case of storm and hail

Many shade sail owners ask themselves: 'Should I take the sail apart in case of a storm or hail?'.
The answer depends above all on the choice of fabric and the type of installation.

The waterproof fabric ...
even if properly tensioned, it collects all the force of the hailstones and transmits it to the anchors.
The waterproof fabric can tear in very strong gusts of wind and under the force of hail.
We therefore recommend that you remove the waterproof sails in the event of a storm / hail.

The shading fabric ...
on the other hand, tends to absorb hail stresses much better .
Its fabric is slightly elastic, especially when stretched, and the hailstones can bounce without damaging it.
Gusts of wind are less of a problem for the shade fabric. Air passes through the fabric and does not transmit force to the seams and anchors.
The shading sails in HDPE fabric must not be dismantled in case of storm and hail, as long as they have been correctly tensioned and inclined.

Ecco la differenza tra le vele impermeabili e le vele ombreggianti in caso di temporale e grandine

hailstorm resistance shade sails

 

MaantA Shade Sails - Waterproof fabrics

EASY SHADE 2.0 WATERPROOFSAILL WATERPROOFSOLARIA WATERPROOF
EASY SHADE 2.0SAILLSOLARIA
TYPE OF FABRICPOLYESTERWEATHERTECH
POLYPROPYLENE (OLEFIN)
WEATHERTECH
POLYPROPYLENE (OLEFIN)
FABRIC WEIGHT160g/m²270g/m²270g/m²
ECO-COMPATIBILITY'3/55/55/5
SEALED SEAMSYESYESYES
MAX AREA30m²36m²42m²
PERSISTENCE OF COLOR3/55/55/5
WIND RESISTANCE30-39 km/h40-50 km/h51-62 km/h
RESISTANCE
TO TEAR / HAIL
3/54/54/5
WATERPROOF'5/55/55/5
WATER RUNOFF90%100%100%
CONDENSATION RISK3/5 - -
WATER COLUMN50 mm500 mm500 mm
PERCEIVED FRESHNESS2/54/54/5
RESISTANCE TO MOLD3/55/55/5
ABRASION RESISTANCE3/55/55/5
RESISTANCE TO TENSION3/54/55/5
UNIFORMITY TENSION2/54/55/5
FABRIC CUTin bandsin bandsradial
YEARS WARRANTY ***234
COST PER SQMca 4€ / m²ca 19€ / m²ca 29€ / m²
CUSTOM SIZESNOYES (+8€/mq)YES (+8€/mq)
 DISCOVER!DISCOVER!DISCOVER!

* with correct application of tension 45 kg for each corner

** with a minimum inclination of 1m

*** the warranty is recognized for products installed as per our guides and only on manufacturing defects

MaantA Shade Sails - Breathable fabrics

EASY SHADE OMBREGGIANTESAILL OMBREGGIANTESOLARIA OMBREGGIANTE
EASY SHADESAILLSOLARIA
TYPE OF FABRICVIRGIN HDPE POLYETHYLENEVIRGIN HDPE POLYETHYLENEVIRGIN HDPE POLYETHYLENE
FABRIC WEIGHT180 g/m²320 g/m²320 g/m²
ECO-COMPATIBILITY'5/53/53/5
MAX AREA30 m²36 m²42 m²
PERSISTENCE OF COLOR5/55/55/5
WIND RESISTANCE*40-50 km/h51-62 km/h55-65 km/h
RESISTANCE
TO TEAR / HAIL
4/55/55/5
WATERPROOF1/52/52/5
WATER RUNOFF20%40%40%
CONDENSATION RISK - - -
WATER COLUMN000
PERCEIVED FRESHNESS4/55/55/5
RESISTANCE TO MOLD5/55/55/5
ABRASION RESISTANCE4/55/55/5
RESISTANCE TO TENSION4/55/55/5
UNIFORMITY TENSION2/54/55/5
FABRIC CUTin bandsin bandsradial cut
YEARS WARRANTY ***234
COST PER SQMca 3€ al mqca 15€ al mqca 25€ al mq
CUSTOM SIZES AVAILABLENOYES (+8€/mq)YES (+8€/mq)
 DISCOVER!DISCOVER!DISCOVER!

* with correct application of tension 45 kg for each corner

** with a minimum inclination of 1 meter

*** the guarantee is recognized for products installed as per our guides and only on manufacturing defects


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