Bunnings is typically the home of most DIY stuff in Australia but the first thing to note is that Bunnings don’t really specialise in Shade Sails.

So I thought we’d look at the pros and cons of DIY and Bunnings Shade Sails.

Bunnings tend to stock a very small range of square and triangle DIY Shade Sails.  They are typically 5 metres x 5 metres and are typically the Coolaroo, Sunhaven and Lotus Collection brands, come in a small range of fabrics and colours and are really only suitable for domestic installations.

While we stock a wider range of Pre-made or DIY Shade Sails at competitive prices to Bunnings, we don’t really recommend this approach.

Just some of the reasons include that typically they :

  • tend not to fit properly
  • are not waterproof
  • are not always well designed
  • often have inadequate tension and load capacity
  • can flap in the wind
  • have no warranty on installation
  • may be more likely to cause accidents
  • often don’t the Cancer Council’s UV protection criteria

For these and many more reasons, we strongly recommend getting a custom shade sail designed and installed by a professional.  A professional can provide you with the right advice and onsite as well.  Proper solutions will often involve a number of anchor points and poles.

Custom Shade Sails have the advantage that they have:

  • custom made for individual requirements
  • better designed for weather conditions
  • warranty on installation
  • UV rated for maximum sun protection

There is a real art to getting shade sails right so make sure you talk to us first.