How much will a shade sail cost?
Every shade is different. Pricing will depend on the number of fixation points, poles required, size of the sail and material used. Our sales staff can give indicative prices on site and a firm quote once a site visit has been conducted.
How long does it take to get my shade sail installed?
Usually 3-4 weeks. In summer our lead times are closer to 4-6 weeks. We always endeavour to install your sail as soon as possible.
What is the biggest mistake people make with shade sails?
Most people do not make their shade sails big enough, having a sail that is too small will not give you enough shade. The best test is to put a string line up where you want the edge of the sail to be and watch the shade throw the string line gives.
Do I need a Building Consent?
Generally no, if the individual shade sail does not exceed 50 square metres. However you do need to comply with your local resource consent rules.
What about strong wind?
Our systems are designed to withstand 120 km p.h. winds. Provided the sail is tensioned correctly the sail will 'wave' or 'bounce' as opposed to 'flap'.
Should I take my sail down during winter, and if so, can I take it down myself?
If you live in an area prone to snowfall, yes. The systems are not designed to withstand the weight of medium to heavy snowfall.
Taking your Shade Sail down will also help extend the life of the sail.
We provide clear and easy instructions on how to take your sail down and how to restore it, alternatively we offer this service also.
Is my shade sail system waterproof?
No. Standard Shade cloth is porous so rainfall will filter through. The amount of resistance to rainfall will be determined by the pitch on the material and the amount and type of rainfall. It is a similar experience to standing under the canopy of a tree, you get dripped on not rained on.
Is it possible to get a waterproof system?
Yes, we do provide waterproof systems. These are very useful in certain circumstances, particularly carports. Waterproof sails are also windproof so anchorage has to be much stronger due to the wind resistance. Consider water run-off when choosing a location and pitch of the sail.
What size Shade Sails do you have?
All our Shade Sails are custom designed and manufactured. We do not carry standard sizes.
Should I consider UV-R% Block-out?
Yes, this is very important. The higher the UV-R % block-out the more protection you will get. The Cancer Society recommends a minimum of 94% UV-R block-out.
How do I choose the right fabric?
All fabrics used by WSC are from ranges that we know perform and are backed up by the suppliers. All you need to worry about is colour.
What our clients
Thank you so much for totally efficient service you have provided right from start. Consider yourselves congratulated and highly recommended."
Marg and Grant
" 10 out of 10 great service & product " Ivan and Michelle
" We are VERY happy with the result and appreciate the efforts you have made to ensure our complete satisfaction. It has been a pleasure to deal with Watermelon Shade Canterbury. It has been refreshing to deal with a professional company that clearly prioritise customer service (and deliver it). "
Paul and Julie
" Appreciated your help in making the correct choice for my needs."
" The Sail is great, I have to say your men were very good when installing it, considerate of people around and polite." Kay -CDHB
"Excellent service and communication by all the team; nothing was a problem and the finished product looks great! Full marks."
Jane & Keith
"The team has created a new space for us with the great install. Awesome to deal with and high quality, can’t recommend enough!"
Nat & Jed
" Great communication and good bang for buck. They took care and stayed to their timeframes. Well done guys! Highly recommended!"
" There's not that many businesses I am a raving fan of but these guys are EPIC!!! It's not often that customer service and the systems of a business stand out to me so much. Very happy to be a customer. Thanks Team!
" Our new shade sail is an elegant design, enhancing the street appeal of the house and is very effective in making a comfortable outdoor living area. We are also impressed with the quality of the fittings and the sail material. Thanks to Karl and his team."
"I just wanted to drop an email to tell you how fantastic the service was that James gave us.
The communication, the service and the actual shade are amazing… Thank you so much, really appreciate the work that your team did ."
"Cannot fault the service and product we received by them. James was super efficient right from getting the quote done through to getting the job done (super fast also to meet a deadline for us!). Your service has been outstanding"
"Watermelon shade delivered a very professional service, keeping us informed every step of the way. As small business owners ourselves we appreciated their customer focussed delivery, time keeping and attention to detail."