Coolaroo Square Shade Sail 11 Feet 10 Inches with Hardware Kit, Desert Sand
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- Stainless Steel installation hardware included. 4 pad eyes, 2 turnbuckles and 2 snap hooks. Bolts and screws not included.
- Provides up to 90% UV block
- Commercial grade fabric allows cover to breathe reducing temperatures underneath by up to one-third
- 10 year warranty against UV degradation
- Resists mold and mildew
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 142 x 142 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||336479|
|Shipping Weight||11.1 pounds|
Coolaroo square shade sails have many different uses from cooling the backyard patio to shading the kids play area to keeping the horses, dogs, goats and other four legged friends cool and out of the sun. The unique Coolaroo fabric provides up to 90% UB block and the woven fabric allows air flow that reduces the underneath temperature up to one third. The combo pack comes with the following attachment accessories: 4 pad eyes, 2 turnbuckles and 2 snap hooks. Assembled size is 11 feet 10 inches square. The fabric has a 10 year warranty against UV degradation.
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Its amazing how much the sail cools down an area without making it seem you are in a tent. I highly recommend the Coolaroo Square Shade Sail. Great quality!
For the price this just cannot be beat - significantly less expensive than putting a roof up. The item arrived very quickly and was well-packaged by Amazon, the actual product box inside of a larger box. I was a little alarmed when I pulled it out of the box and unfolded the sail, it seemed larger than advertised, but I guess some of that was fabric stretch. I do know that I ended up sinking the eye hooks in the house about 13 1/2' apart, which allowed for the size of the sail plus the length of the two turnbuckles that came with it, so I don't guess the size is really off.
With two corners attached to the house via eye hooks, I then stretched the other two corners out and after a lot of careful measuring I sunk two 10' 4x4 posts about 2 1/2 feet deep into rock hard red clay (THAT took a while to dig with a manual post hole digger!), then secured the posts in the holes with concrete (took about a bag & 1/2 of concrete per hole, and I put some gravel in the bottom of the holes before inserting the posts.) For purely decorative reasons I secured a simple Pressure treated "cap" on the top of each post.
The directions say to allow the concrete to cure at least 48 hours before attaching the sail, but I waited a full week. Then I drilled holes into the posts about 3" down and secured heavy duty eye bolts. Then I installed two additional turnbuckles that I purchased locally (two come with the sail) and tightened those up. Job done. I bought the two extra turnbuckles only because I wanted the flexibility of tightening at each corner, but the sail actually comes with two very heavy duty turnbuckles and two clips that would have done the job nicely, too.
The sail does exactly what I needed it to, provides a nice shaded area and looks spectacular. I got the desert sand colored sail, and with new patio chairs of the same color the effect is terrific. I really couldn't be happier. The most time consuming part of the install was digging those holes and setting the posts, but not everyone will need to do that, it depends on where/how you intend to hang the sail. On the two eyebolts that I attached to the house I purposely bought heavy duty screw in eye bolts. I guess we'll see over time how it all holds up. I like that the fabric has a ten year warranty against degradation - with the heat and rain in this area that's a real plus.
I haven't yet seen how the shade performs in a storm - I don't intend to take it down in storms as some have noted here that they do, but mostly because it's just not convenient to do so the way it is set up (would require hauling a ladder out). So I made sure the turnbuckles are all tightened up. I saw where some reviewer said the installation was "noisy"?? The only way that could be true that I see is if the sail is hanging too loosely, allowing the hardware to clank around. I read some online reviews that said you really CAN'T overtighten the turnbuckles, so don't be afraid to cinch them up tightly.
EXTREMELY pleased, and I have gotten numerous compliments about what a terrific addition this is to my backyard. My patio went from being a nice enough place to sit out on to a private retreat area - almost spa-like with the addition of the sail. This is a real keeper and a real find.
UPDATE : July 2012. Okay, so I've had this up for several months now, just wanted to get back on and update. I seriously could not be more pleased with this. The ONLY maintenance I've had to do on it is tightening up the turnbuckles after it had been up for a while. It withstands even very strong winds, is NOT at all noisy like one reviewer said (I suspect the turnbuckles weren't tight enough?). I've stood at the door and watched it during the first few heavy storms of the season - it is utterly unfazed.
It provides an amazing amount of shade - even with recent 100 degree days it is comfortable enough underneath to sit and enjoy the backyard. My new outdoor patio furniture is faring better than any previous furniture, now that it remains under cover all the time. The shade does occasionally collect leaves and such from an overhanging pecan tree, but when I have my yard blower out I just aim it up and blow through the fabric to get rid of them. I've gotten TONS of compliments on this shade sail - several neighbors have asked me where I got it. Such an easy, simple install solution instead of adding a roof or covered porch.
Nonetheless, I ended up returning this without even opening the box. To be fair, it's not the product's fault at all. I'm sure the sail shade and hardware are great. It's just that I didn't realize until I bought it and asked a question on here that you basically HAVE to put posts in concrete to mount this thing. I had planned to put posts in concrete in flower pots and then, in the winter, roll them in the shed or at least to the side. But after asking the question here and thinking over the logistics, I realized you pretty much have to mount posts in concrete for this, because it needs to be taut. I personally don't want giant posts sticking out of my yard when I'm not using the thing. And I don't know how it would go for home resale to have posts up--maybe people saw them down or somehow remove them? Either way, it's too much hassle for me and so once I realized I couldn't do my concrete-in-pots idea, I had to send it back. Instead, we're just getting a regular old patio umbrella to cover the table and will deal w/o a covered patio for now. We just don't want a permanent set-up like that.
So, the product itself is wonderful I'm sure, but I wanted to write this review because buyers should know that you basically have to commit to putting posts in your yard to use this--unless you have a different set-up, at least. Five stars because I don't want to detract from the product--just wanted people to know what I didn't.
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