The importance of correctly tensioning the sails

A correct tensioning of the sail is essential to obtain an impeccable aesthetic result and optimal performance in terms of resistance to wind, rain or hail .

Correct tensioning is one of the most important factors during assembly.

The advantages of a well stretched sail are:

  • better wind resistance (it does not tear and does not strike the anchors)
  • no water pockets are created (waterproof sails)
  • lower risk of tearing
  • greater longevity of the sail and anchors
  • cleaner aesthetic result
  • the fabric gets less dirty
  • better drainage (even the shade sails, if properly tensioned, drain some water!)

The shade sails and Maanta anchors are very robust and have been specially created to withstand very high tensions . We know well that our anchors are not the cheapest but we have specially designed them to allow lasting and solid tensioning, unlike many others.

Our advice: “Tension your sails as much as possible”! The optimal tension can reach up to 60-70 kg on each corner.

Optimal behavior in case of rain (waterproof sails)

In the event of rain, a loose shade sail can collecting in a short time a very large quantity of water .

The weight of the water can tear the sail, damage the anchors and damage underlying furniture !

If the sail is taut correctly and at least one angle is tilted by approx. 1m, rainwater can flow easily, guaranteeing absolute impermeability.

rain shade sail

Wind resistance

A waterproof sail wchich is non not taut correctly can flatter dangerously in windy conditions, transmitting shocks and vibrations to the anchors .

The waterproof sail is likely to tear and the anchors are exposed to even a lot of stress strong that can damage them.

The tighter a sail is, the more it can "cut the wind ". The fabric stays still, it does not vibrate and does not transmit the force of the wind to the anchors.

This also applies to the breathable shade sail , the more taut and the more its perimeter will cut the wind more effectively!

wind resistance sail awnings

The perfect tensioning of the sails guarantees optimal resistance to the wind:

wind and shade sail


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