We’ve all driven around our neighbourhood and seen home after home use shade sails as a cheap car shade solution, but did you know they are one of the most flexible home improvement applications on the market? As a shade ambassador, I’d love nothing more than to see shade fabrics be embraced around Australia and live up to their full potential, because at the moment, the current residential usage is just the tip of the iceberg!

They offer so many great cost effective solutions which you may benefit greatly from.

In this article, I’ll outline the many uses and applications of shade fabrics and with a little luck, by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have a solution for at least one if not two home improvements.

Weather-proofing an outdoor entertainment area

As my previous posts discussed, waterproof shade sails are an excellent and cost-effective option for weather-proofing an outdoor entertainment area. Not only do they offer protection from the rain, but they also offer protection from the wind, sun and from UV rays. Shade sails can be installed quite easily and quality fabrics, such our shade fabrics are available in a range of colour options as well, offering you a chance to complement your building exteriors and increase the value of your home.

Pool shade

Shade sails are also a great solution when it comes to providing pool shade. As opposed to a permanent shade structure, shade sails are easy to install, affordable and offer high UV protection, which is vital if you have a young family. Shade sails are a popular and incredibly affordable solution for pool shade.

Sandpit cover

Are you looking for ways to keep animals, insects, leaves and debris out of your sandpit? While a shade sail above the sandpit will keep the little ones protected from the sun, have you considered shade sail fabric as an affordable lightweight sandpit cover? Sandpit covers can be made out of mesh or waterproof shade cloth fabrics, both of which can provide adequate protection for your sandpit.

My previous post on this topic may also be of interest, Sandpit covers: Durable Protection for your Sandpit.

Home insulation

Shade sails, when used as awnings, are a fantastic and affordable solution to reduce the heat inside a home. Such shade sails, which cover entry points and outdoor areas, prevent the suns heat from entering a home, also blocking harmful UV rays and protecting your furniture. This keeps a home insulated and helps reduce cooling costs during summer along with heating costs during winter.


If you’re looking for a low-cost, yet effective home improvement idea, then consider shade sails. Our shade fabrics have been adopted by shade manufacturers across Australia and used for a wide range of residential and commercial applications. I’m sure you won’t have to think too long before you see how you too can benefit from having shade sails installed at your place.


Shade sails are indeed, a very versatile application for your home. They can be used for several home improvement purposes, not just a cheap car shade solution, with the most popular uses being in weather-proofing an outdoor entertainment area, as pool shades, as sandpit covers and for home insulation when used as awnings. By choosing shade sails, you can implement any of these structures and improve your home dramatically.

If you’d like to consider shade sails for your home improvement, then contact the team here at Rainbow Shade. We offer a range of shade fabrics that are ideally suited for shade sail manufacturing. We will be happy to provide you details of your closest shade solution specialist, who of course, use Rainbow Shade Fabrics for their residential shade sail applications.