Why are fabric shade structures a better option than canvas, wood, or metal shade systems?

The fabrics we utilize are porous which allow air to pass through keeping it far cooler and more comfortable under a fabric shade structure. Solid fabrics and many other materials simply trap the heat and don’t allow for cool air circulation. Metal structures, for instance, heat up and radiate heat down which creates an oven effect. Wood structures require a lot of maintenance such as re-painting and/or water sealant treatment on a regular basis.

Why choose USA SHADE for my shade and weather protection needs?

Our specially trained consultants will meet with you one-on-one to discuss the right shade structure solutions for your project. With over 140 pre-engineered modular structures, we have shade solutions designed to meet the strict requirements for a wide range of areas and venues. Once we’ve decided upon the best solution to meet your needs, your product will be manufactured in our state-of-the-art fabrication facility. USA SHADE is the only shade structure manufacturer certified by the International Accreditation Service, which speaks to our commitment to quality and structural integrity. When manufacturing is complete, one of our fully-trained and equipped construction crews will install your structure, on time and on budget. USA SHADE & Fabric Structures is the largest and most capable fabric shade structure company in the world, with over 250,000 successful installations around the world and in an unparalleled diversity of market segments.

Are the fabrics waterproof? Are they fireproof?

USA SHADE has a variety of available fabric choices. Our most popular fabric is Shadesure™ HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene). This fabric provides up to 95% shade, 96% UV protection, and approximately 60%~70% water run-off. Our Weather Protector series utilizes a Teflon™-coated PVC membrane stretched over a steel frame to provide a dry environment under the structure. Additionally, both our Colourshade FR and PVC fabrics feature flame retardant designs, meet the NFPA-701B fire rating, and are certified by the California State Fire Marshal. Ask your Shade Consultant about the best fabric to meet your needs.

If I need to, can the fabrics be quickly and easily removed from the structures?

Very little is needed to remove our fabrics from the steel structure. All of our structures are engineered to wind loads of at least 90mph and the steel structure can be designed to withstand speeds up to 150mph, if required. In addition, our fabrics have UV stabilizers inherent in the material to prevent breakdown. Our fabrics are stretched over the support frames using a patented compression/tension system, utilizing steel aircraft cable sewn into a pocket around the perimeter of the fabric and then fastened with U-bolts at one corner. If you ever need to remove the fabrics, this can be quickly accomplished by unfastening the U-bolts with a wrench, which releases the tension in the fabric and allows easy removal of the fabric.

How long do the shade fabrics last?

Our shade fabric is Rachel-knitted (with a lockstitch in two directions) for strength, and the panels are sewn together using a GORE® TENARA® expanded PTFE thread, giving the fabric its strength and long-term durability. Our fabrics carry a 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty from the date of installation against failure from significant fading, deterioration, breakdown, mildew, outdoor heat, cold, or discoloration; this excludes Red and Coolbrella fabrics, which carry a 3-year limited warranty. The life expectancy of our HDPE fabrics are is to 12 years, assuming they are properly maintained.

Do shade structures need to be cleaned?

Our HDPE fabrics require very little maintenance, but should be kept clean to ensure they look bright and attractive throughout their service life. To clean our fabrics, use a power washer or water hose with a light (diluted) detergent. Spray the fabric from the underside, starting at the top or peak, and then working down each side of the structure so the debris, dust, bird droppings, etc., will be washed off. If using a power washer, take care not to get the spray head too close to the fabric.

How are the shade structures anchored?

Due to building code requirements and, more importantly for your safety, all of our shade structures are permanently anchored. There are a number of different anchoring methods we can utilize for your project, some of which allow for easy disassembly and removal.

Do I need special building permits to install a shade structure?

This depends on the municipality in which you are planning to have your structure installed. Some cities/counties do require a building permit for shade structures. Not to worry; all of our structures are fully engineered to meet, and in most cases exceed, local building code requirements. Sealed design/engineering sets are available; your Shade Consultant will assist you in obtaining the necessary documents for you to acquire a building permit.

Can USA SHADE help me with everything from design to installation?

USA SHADE is a comprehensive, vertically-integrated company. We have our own in-house experts in Risk Assessment & Feasibility Studies, Proposal and Contract Review, Conceptual Design, 3D/CAD Rendering, Engineering, Scheduling, Steel & Fabric Fabrication, Project Management, and Construction. We handle everything from concept to completion, and we are the “one stop shop” for all of your shade requirements.

I live in California and need to comply with the Division of the State Architect (DSA) requirements – do you have DSA Approved products?

USA SHADE has the widest range of pre-checked, “PC”-approved DSA Structures available anywhere in the shade industry. Our DSA products have had their materials and engineering reviewed by DSA and approved for use. Clients purchasing DSA-approved structures must still have their site approved directly by DSA.

Do you have offices and sales people that I can easily contact? What is the best way to reach you?

Please click on the “Contact Us” link below.  We are ready to assist you with all of your shade requirements!