The Shade Tech Stretch Fabric used in our Shade Structures comes with many of the same benefits as our other stretch fabrics. Unlike our other Poly-Spandex fabric blends, the Shade Tech fabric is made from 100% Polyester so it is UV resistant and won’t break down in the sun. The lighter-weight fabric also has a slightly reduced stretch, ensuring a clean, professional look without any sagging, dipping, or billowing. The durable, flame retardant fabric is also easy to clean and can be left up for an entire outdoor season — approximately 6 months of continual UV exposure.
Create a cohesive, on-brand Shade Structure by adding printed Truss Covers with high-resolution logos and artwork using our dye sublimation printing. Projection mapping can also be applied after setup to add branded signage to the overall design. When day turns to night, colorful lighting and projection will transform your Shade Structure into a vibrant nighttime destination.
The Shade Structures below can serve as ready-to-order options or as inspiration for your custom design. All Shade Structures can be customized to your needs, and our Relationship Managers are ready to help you create the best option for you and your event.
Lighting and Projection
Standing out at any event is valuable, especially in large venues or locations where the visual competition is fierce. Color washes, gobos, and organic projections can further enhance your Shade Structure with the use of dynamic and continually changing lighting effects.
All Stretch Shapes’ stretch fabric works well as a canvas for lighting and projection, though the Bright White is ideal.
The sails used in Shade Structures are made from our Shade Tech Stretch Fabric. Optimized for outdoor use, this fabric is the ideal textile for Shade Structures and comes with an array of benefits, including:
- 100% Polyester fabric that is UV resistant and won’t break down in sunlight
- No sagging, billowing, or dipping. The slightly reduced stretch provides a stationary, professional, and deliberate appearance
- Durable enough to be left up for an entire outdoor season — approximately 6 months of continual UV exposure
- Available in bright white and 6 additional standard colors, with a gloss finish
- A flame retardant coating that far exceeds those of the past; domestically made with minimal residue, it is completely unnoticeable and sturdy enough to withstand weather and cleaning
- Easy to clean. Throw it in the washer for cleaning and dry at high heat, without breaking down the integrity of the fabric or the flame retardant coating
Our Shade Structures utilize two different rigging options, depending on the shape of the sail you’re using and the desired method of installation.
Truss grids utilize a standard truss system, which the shade sails are rigged to. Most commonly used for square sails, these grids create box-like structures, with straight lines and 90-degree corners. Truss grids are a straightforward option that require minimal install experience.
Truss tower systems connect the shade sails using wire cables, industrial-strength rigging materials, and custom truss top plates. More common with triangle sails and unique shapes, the tower systems create a more radial structure with a central truss tower and additional towers surrounding it. Although these systems have a larger footprint and more industrial rigging, truss towers can minimize the amount of truss required and can be used in conjunction with other existing structures.
Sizes, Shapes, and Colors
The Shade Structures below are created with standard 20’ x 20’ shade sails, in either square or equilateral triangle shapes. The size of your shade structure can be scaled up or down using the standard shade sails, or you can incorporate different shapes and sizes in your custom design.
The Shade Tech Stretch Fabric comes in 7 different colors, including our most versatile Bright White.
The Shade Structures below can be purchased as-is, or can serve as inspiration to create your own custom design. Check out the portfolios from the Hard Summer Music Festival and the Coors Light tent at the Carolina Country Music Festival to see their custom Shade Structure designs.
If you’re interested in additional customization or in creating your own unique design, please Contact Us and our Relationship Managers will be in touch.
When event time arrives, we have a world-class installation crew with decades of knowledge, ready to support you. Experienced in setting up for massive events around the globe, and well-versed in coordinating with other vendors and teams, our crew can be there to ensure a smooth, successful set up. Most Shade Structures can be installed within 1-2 business days, and taken down in even less time. Please speak with your Relationship Manager or send us a request if you’d like our crew to handle set up for you!