Five Tips To Getting The Best Price For Outdoor Shades

When looking to improve your home or workplace, installing an outdoor shade is one of the best options that you have. They are way cheaper than having a roof over your garden or porch built, and they are much more flexible since you can easily take them down during storms and bad weather, or when you feel the need to move into a new home.

Since buying a shade sail is like a property investment, you need to know which one offers you the best deal for your money. This is no different from other kinds of investment. So the question then is how do you know that you are getting the most out of your buck when you buy a shade sail?


Image from Gazebos Australia's Coolaroo Desert Sand Extreme Square 5.4m x 5.4m Shade Sail

Buy Trusted Brands

When you buy something – appliances, furniture, food, etc. – you would always want to check the brand and the manufacturer behind the product. Well, the same goes when purchasing a shade sail. Buying a high-quality shade sail is the first step towards making sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. There are many brands and companies that produce shade sails, and two of the most popular ones are Coolaroo and Abshade, and for good reasons, too. These  make use of the quality fabric and hardware that are guaranteed to last for years as they offer a warranty on all their shade sails, and since they last longer than most, there will be no need for you to buy a new shade sail every year. They come in various colours and sizes and will complement any house or establishment you install them in. So, if you want to make sure that you are putting your money in an appealing shade sail that will last for years, it is best to buy them from the best manufacturers available.

The Warranty

Warranty comes with all high-quality shade sails – after all, these companies have so much faith in their products that they’re willing to put their name and business on the line to prove their worth. So it goes without saying that you need to make sure that your shade sail is covered by a warranty upon purchase. Some shade sails offer one year warranty, but the best shade sails offer ten times as much – yes, ten years warranty on a shade sail. The warranty does not only ensure that you’re getting the best shade sail available, but also helps to save you some cash. However, be sure to check the details of the warranty, including what is covered and for how long. You should also read it carefully and take note of the terms and conditions that can invalidate it.

Quality Over Price

High-quality shade sails need not be expensive. There are shade sails which are made from high-quality materials and sell for a little over a hundred dollars, although this is still more expensive than other shade sails that you may see around. However, every smart shopper knows that low priced items comes with a compromise, and that would obviously be the quality of the product. Thus, when buying shade sails, don’t just look at and compare the prices, but also think also about the quality. Remember that buying a low-quality shade sail is only bound to make you spend more money in the future, and when you do, you’d start thinking that you should’ve spent a couple more of dollars for that high-quality shade sail. You may have spent more in the beginning, but after using it for years you’d realize that this is one of the ways that you can ever get the most out of your money.

Buy Only From Reputable Dealers

The recent years has shown an increase in the number of fake items being sold in the market, and shade sails are not spared from these shady dealings. Even if the shade sail that you just bough have the logo and name on it, you will soon find that it is not authentic. For example, genuine, branded shade sails have even and sturdy stitching all around, while fake ones do not. You will also notice that they tend to fray easier. If you look closely, you will notice that the name is either misspelled or the brand logo is a little off. In order to avoid buying fake shade sails, buy only from reputable dealers. There are registered and trusted dealers - some of them operate brick and mortar stores, while others can be found online. When buying online though, check that the site is reputable first before giving away your credit card number.

Read Forums and Testimonials

Testimonials are some of the best ways to find out if you’re getting your money’s worth when buying shade sails. By going over testimonials and forums, you are getting real and actual insights and opinions from real people who have tried the product, which in this case, are shade sails. There are some sneaky manufacturers who can fake testimonials in their websites, though, but faking a forum is a lot more difficult, so try visiting forums and discussion boards aside from reading the testimonials.


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As mentioned, buying a shade sail for your home is an investment, and like any other investment, it is one that should be done with careful planning and thought. Don’t let your money go to waste by purchasing low-quality shade sails. Instead, invest in a top of the line shade sail which will not only remain functional but also aesthetically appealing in the years to come.