Want some outdoor shade? Say you've got a bit of outdoor space, and you can't build an arbor or install a big roll-out awning. Say you rent. Whether you are heading up to the roof or out to the backyard, we have found that Shade Sails are awesome for creating a lot of shade on a lower budget.
Originally developed in Australia, where canopies were made of sail cloth, these new versions are made of a synthetic knit fabric that blocks 90% of the sun's harmful rays, are super light and impervious to moisture and mold.
We bought two a few summers back and rigged them up with four by four posts. They come in a few neutral colors and a bunch of different shapes that are finished off at the corners with heavy duty metal rings that make it easy to attach them to a wall or frame. You can even tie one end down to the ground if you want.
There are three places to get them that we know of, and prices start at @ $130 for a 12-foot triangle. The only problem is getting delivery. These small companies can be real slow....
(ReEdited from 2005-08-12 - MGR)