Shade cloth, also known as shade fabric, is an ideal solution for creating shade under pergolas and other open air structures, whether they are freestanding or attached to a home or place of business. Many homeowners opt for installing shade fabric themselves, rather than hiring a professional installer, because installation is relatively straightforward and easy, as home improvement tasks go.How to Select Shade Cloth
When choosing shade cloth for your project, be sure to insist on the highest quality fabric. Paying more up front for the best product will save you money in the long run. Inferior fabrics will fade and suffer damage from ultraviolet rays as well as harsh weather conditions. You'll end up paying more later when you have to replace the inferior fabric. Superior shade fabrics should be able to block 90 percent or more of ultraviolet rays, but they should be breathable as well, allowing air to circulate so that the shaded area stays cool. Don't expect shade cloth to be completely waterproof, but it should be resistant to rot, mildew, and mold. It should also be able to withstand other harsh weather conditions, such as accumulated snow, ice, and brisk winds.
Shade fabric is available in many versatile colors and is usually sold by the linear yard or in rolls. When installing this product on a pergola or other open air structure, it's best to purchase the fabric by the roll. The fewer seams you have to work with during installation will make the process easier, and fewer seams will also make the end result look better.Installation Supplies
Once installed, you can enjoy your newly shaded pergola or other open air structure immediately.
To view photos of any step in this installation process, visit the Mighty Covers Shade Cloth Installation page.
Last Updated: 12/01/2016 09:44 AM - ID:3008
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