Simply elegant or simply utilitarian, shade sails of any shape, any size or even any combination can be erected as freestanding cover to shield patios, pools, gardens and entryways from the sun. While shade sails can also be partially mounted to exterior walls, some of the most eye-catching are those erected to cover open spaces.
As shade sails can be constructed in virtually any geometric shape and designed to cover nearly any area, you might as well have some fun with it. From a massive cover which will require some center supports to multiple sails to shield a large area, the first consideration is knowing the space below and how the sun moves over it during the day. Begin by defining the hot spots (those areas which receive the greatest sun) and the cooler spots (those which require some shade but not full coverage).
When awning fabric, mesh or screening is not durable enough for a job, not permanent enough or not strong enough, a steel covering or architectural detail can be a defining solution. Often used in commercial or industrial applications, a ramada or patio cover constructed of steel beams for a residential building offers a striking alternative to the softer look of an awning.
The word means shelter. Traditionally a ramada is a simple, fixed structure with a roof and no sides which offers shade from the sun, shelter from rain or snow. The drive-through at the bank is a ramada, an open gazebo is a ramada, or covered areas in public parks or campgrounds would be considered ramadas. Ramadas are typically built of steel, aluminum or wood, are often free-standing or open on three sides. The roof shields from weather and the open sides allow air to move unrestricted which results in cooler temperatures below.
Some of the most appealing aspects of a house are its exterior space, views and the property on which it sits. Realtors call it curb appeal. This may refer to the view of the house from the sidewalk, but it is also reflected in other outdoor areas.
Happy New Year one and all! 2015 has been a year of challenges, development and found us opportunities to create fabric solutions on a scale that has been exciting.