Shade cloth and shadenet come in a variety of different densities, colour, tape and filament construction, width, height and useful functionality such as sewn eyelets that can significantly reduce rigging time, enhance aesthetics and reduce costs and wastage.

A number of factors affect the choice of shadenet some of which are shadenet wind resistance, stretch and flexibility of the shadecloth, horizontal or vertical shade cloth erection, shade cloth branding or no branding or shade net, opaqueness (do you need to see through the shadenet or not).

Shadecloth or shadenet has significantly evolved as a substrate with scientific testing and experimentation being done to measure bursting strength, accelerated weather testing under various temperatures and sun and wind conditions and a number of other structural and environmental circumstances.

With the advances in technical qualities of shadenet and shadecloth, it is becoming more and more important to specify the correct shadenet or shadecloth for the job to prevent structural inadequacies and failure from occurring bringing liability onto the professionals (architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, builders and project managers)

Technical specifications and bill of quantities of shadenet and shadecloth for use on shadeports, construction sites, shade structures, construction scaffolding and temporary construction fence panels must be carefully researched and scientifically recommended to ensure that the specified substrate matches the desired use.

By Gilbert

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