Collection: Playground Shades & Sails

Collection: Playground Shades & Sails

Our shades are a testament to extensive design expertise and engineering precision, crafted from premium materials and utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing processes. Here's a detailed look at how we meticulously construct our shade structures to ensure supreme quality and precision from conception to completion.

The journey of your shade begins with our specialized in-house design and engineering team, who possess the skills to tailor a shade solution that seamlessly integrates into your environment. They also guarantee compliance with local building codes.

Following the design and engineering phase, we commence production. The process starts with the cutting and sewing of the shade fabric, where our skilled artisans employ robust stitching techniques to create a resilient shade canopy. The steel for the frame is then precisely cut and expertly welded using reliable welding methods. Subsequently, the frame undergoes a thorough powder coating process, including priming with a zinc-rich primer and baking at 425°F, resulting in a marine-grade finish with 6-8 mils of primer and powder coating.

Concurrently, our innovative quick-release Glide Elbow mechanism is assembled and tested in the factory to ensure straightforward installation. The shade's tensioning cable is also precisely cut. Following these steps, the shade undergoes a rigorous final check before being carefully packed for shipping. Large steel components are securely placed on pallets, and smaller elements are individually wrapped, all safeguarded by shipping plastic to prevent transit damage. Typically, after a 4-5 week period of meticulous design, engineering, and manufacturing, your shade is ready to be dispatched to its new location, where it will provide lasting elegance and functionality.

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Products faq's

The duration for acquiring a shade structure can differ based on the design's complexity and the structure type. The process generally divides into engineering and production stages. Typically, engineering takes 2-3 weeks, while production spans 4-5 weeks. Here's a closer look:

Engineering Phase: For custom shades not requiring sealed drawings, generating shop drawings/BOMs and preparing workloads usually takes 2-3 weeks. After this, the order moves to production, and an estimated shipping date is provided for installation planning.

Production Phase: When your order enters the production queue, there's often a backlog of three weeks' worth of shade orders. Building and shipping a standard order typically takes one week, meaning the total time from engineering completion to shipping is around 4-5 weeks. However, specific custom features, like unique powder coat colors, might extend this timeline due to vendor lead times.

Certainly, we can customize our shade structures to adhere to local wind requirements if they surpass our standard specifications, upon request.

The concrete needs for the shade structure vary based on several factors, including the structure's type and size, its location, and the elevation. Bigger structures or those with taller entry points typically require more substantial foundations to accommodate the increased load on the frame. Additionally, we can tailor the foundation design to align with your preferred installation approach, whether that involves a spread footer or a pier footing style.

Our standard shade structures, equipped with fabric, are built to endure sustained winds of 75 mph and 3-second gusts of up to 90 mph. Without the fabric, the frame alone is capable of withstanding winds of up to 150 mph. Should you require it, we can also engineer our structures to withstand even higher wind loads.

Our shade fabrics come with a ten-year limited warranty from the delivery date, covering significant fading, deterioration, breakdown, and damage from outdoor heat, cold, or discoloration. If a fabric replacement is necessary under the warranty, we will produce and deliver a new fabric at no cost during the initial six years. For the subsequent four years, replacements are pro-rated at 18% per annum.