Shade Sails block sun and rain!

If you thought that finding a shade sail that can block both the sun and the rain would be like finding a needle in a haystack, think again! At Rainbow Shade, we help create weather-proof shade sails each and every day!

There is no need to spend a fortune creating a permanent structure such as a pergola or patio, shade sails can offer the same result and won’t cost anywhere near as much.

In this article, I’ll explain how shade sails are able to block the sun’s UV Rays and how they also prove to be a fantastic waterproof solution for your outdoor area.

Shade sails protect you from the harsh sun

High quality shade sails which are made out of high quality fabrics can block out up to 99% of harmful UV rays from the sun. By having a high quality shade sail installed in your home, you can rest assured that you and your family are well protected from UV radiation, while still enjoying the outdoor environment. Shade fabrics which are used to make shade sails are created out of high density polyethylene and manufactured with UV additives, which enable them to reflect or absorb UV rays and keep you protected. Quality fabrics, such as our shade fabrics, offer great UV protection, blocking out between 95.8% to 99% of UV rays. By using our shade fabrics in your shade structures, you can ensure that you are very well protected from the harsh Australian sun.

Waterproof shade sails offer all round protection

While standard shade sails can effectively block out the harsh UV rays of the sun, waterproof shade sails can block out all elements of nature, including the sun, the rain and the wind. Waterproof shade sails are made out of special shade fabrics which diffuse water. These durable shade fabrics, such as DRiZ and Serge Ferrari by Rainbow Shade, can offer all round protection from the rain, the sun and even the wind. If you live in a region where rains or showers are frequent, you should consider having waterproof shade sails installed.

However, while these shade sails are extremely resilient and are designed to weather all types of conditions, if you know of an upcoming storm, a cyclone or heavy winds, it is best to take down your shade sail so as to prolong its longevity. Given that shade sails are highly flexible they can easily be put back up by a professional, once the storm has passed.

When it comes to ordering shade sails to block the sun and the rain, make sure it’s manufactured using only Rainbow Shade fabrics. At Rainbow Shade, we offer two fabrics ideal for this application as mentioned, DRiZ and Serge Ferrari

DRiZ is a unique shade cloth fabric, which is coated with the best waterproofing elements to offer all round weather protection. This fabric is capable of blocking out up to 100% of UV rays and exhibits high durability, high tensile strength and proven longevity.

Serge Ferrari is one of our most popular waterproof shade fabrics. As heavy duty commercial grade PVC fabric, Serge Ferrari offers excellent UV resistance, great dimensional stability and high durability and is also flame retardant. Serge Ferrari is a more robust choice as a waterproof fabric and it is frequently used across commercial applications.


Australia is known for its harsh summer sun, unexpected rain showers and the occasional strong winds. While these natural elements can force you to stay indoors, you can choose to install shade sails around your home to enjoy the outdoors, come rain or sunshine. Waterproof shade sails not only block out the harmful UV rays of the sun, but they can also protect you from the rains and winds.

For a complete weather-proof shade solution, make sure your shade sail is made from Rainbow Shade’s DriZ or Serge Ferrariyou’d like to be put in touch with a shade solution manufacture that uses Rainbow Shade fabrics, please contact us and we’ll gladly pass on local manufactures details to you.

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