DURING hot days, many outdoor entertaining or recreation areas become largely unusable for critical parts of the day. Sail shades can solve this problem by creating an inviting, cool outdoor space.
Many shade sails are either the traditional square or triangle size with side lengths of 3m, 4m or 5m. Conservatories, backyards, outdoors dining areas, planting areas, play areas and carports are the most common uses of sail shades.
More recently shades have been recognised as a light and airy sculptural alternative to fences, walls barriers.
Sails can also be effectively designed into privacy screens for overlooking windows, gardens and pool areas.
GV Mulders has three main shade products - custom designed shade sails with full installation, sails made to the customer's own design for self-installation and a range of motorised folding arm awnings.
Many customers require the complete solution, from initial sketch drawn up on-site to final installation of the sails, poles and fixings.
This whole custom design process can be completed in a matter of weeks and the customer ends up with a professionally designed shade solution with a five-year warranty on all workmanship.
DIY enthusiasts often require a sail only and have often worked out a more or less finalised sail design plus appropriate fixing points. Mulders take this initial sketch, discusses material types and colours and give advice, if needed, on fixing methods and orientation. This sketch is then turned into a Computer Aided Design (CAD) or drawing, which drives the precision cutting of the sail.
Sails made to the customers own design can usually can be manufactured in five days and the DIY builder gets the final sail with full fixings ready for self-installation.
Customers who need a less permanent shade solution sometimes prefer a folding arm awning. These offer retractable shade cover, are motorised, easy to use and can also be angled to the shade direction. These are ideal for patios, restaurants and the side area of houses.
Mulders is a prominent member of the industry body for canvas products and manufactures sails on-site to quality standards in their Melbourne factory. They have been making shade structures since the 1920s.
Mulders has introduced a new CD-ROM photo brochure that includes photo examples of over 70 of their more recent shade installations.