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Shade Fabrics

There are many types of cloth on the market available to make shade sails from and to the untrained eye they would all look the same. With over 20 years of experience in working with different products we rate and reccomned the following from years of trial and error.

9 of of 10
Comshade & Extra Block are two different fabric lines which are innovative commercial, heavy duty knitted shade cloth designed for large tension membrane shade structures, where the shade cloth fabric is placed under greater loading strains. Its strength to weight ratio makes Comshade & Extra Block, ideal for larger commercial shade structure projects, where the shadecloth fabric is exposed to the harsh environmental conditions of wind, rain, hail, dust and UV exposure.

The unique heavy duty knitted construction of the shadecloth offers maximum Ultra Violet A & B protection, UVR block and very high Ultra Violet Protection Factors (UPF). Comshade & Extra Block shadecloth are available in fifteen popular colours, and comes with a 10 year UVwarranty. (conditions apply).

Designed for maximum UV shade protection, Comshade & Extra Block adds value and appearance to any project, building or structure.

While not the cheapest, they are not the most expensive on the market and provide great durability and colourfastness over the lifetime of the product.
Extrablock has great manufacturer support here in NZ, but colours can vary between batches. Comm shade isn't as well suppported but is still a good product

7 of of 10
Soltis by Serge Ferrari and Monotech are both great cloth options and are superior when it comes to form stabilty.
With that comes a significant difference in price and unless you have your heart set on it we would usually reccomend one of the other products.
The cost is the reason we rate these optoins lower.

Soltis 92 composite screens bring together thermal and mechanical performances that guarantee the efficiency, durability and good looks of your facilities :
  • Being real heat shields they contribute to improved energy performance in buildings.
  • a guarantee of optimal glare-free visibility on to the outside
  • resistance and dimensional stability, plus the Serge Ferrari Précontraint exclusive patented technology that gives a thin, lightweight product.
  • Soltis 92 offers a large choice of 50 colours to increase technical and aesthetic solutions:


6 of of 10
Polyfx is a shade cloth ideal for pool shades, garden shade structures and domestic shades. It is available in sixteen fashion colours, and comes with a ten year warranty against UV break down. Polyfx is available in 3.80 metre widths, which helps in reducing unnecessary joins in the fabric, and makes for a better looking shades.

Polyfx is Comm Shades little borther. At a slighty lesser price for lesser quality we generally reccomend people go for comshade for the difference in price over a whole job maybe as little as between 1 or 2%

2 out of 10
Z16, ShadeTek, Coolaroo Shade clothes are generally to be avaioded unless you have a short term use or are not too worried about the structureal integrity of the shade over a longer time period.

Waterproof Fabrics

New Zeland climate and harsh sun can give shade sails a hrad life. As a result from time to time your shades may require some maintanence and repairs. We offer a full repair service and have bought shade sails back to life that are over 7 years old, but there comes a point when you may be throwing good money after bad.

We reccomend Ferrari 502, Diamond 700, Sioen with different products suited to different applications, with a varyign amount of colours available.

Comshade Color Examples

Please note that the color range changes from time to time
Comshade Black *Black 99% 97%
Comshade Aquamarine *Aquamarine 95.8% 93%
Comshade BlueGum *Blue Gum 95.5% 92%
Comshade Yellow *Yellow 95.1% 75%
Comshade Copper *Copper 95.5% 90%
Comshade Platinum *Platinum 92.6% 92%
Comshade Rust *Rust 94.1% 87%
Comshade Merlot *Merlot 95.8% 94%
Comshade Navy Blue *Navy Blue 96.7% 96%
Comshade Porcelin *Porcelin 94.2% 74%
Comshade Cappaccino *Cappaccino 94.3% 86%
Comshade Slate *Slate 94.9% 94%
Comshade Sandstone *Sandstone 95.5% 86%
Comshade Cafe Noir *Cafe Noir 96.5% 96%
Comshade Midnight Green *Midnight Green 93.7% 92%

Ferrari 502 Color Examples

Please note that the color range changes from time to time
Ferrari 502-1013 502-1013
Ferrari 502-1016 502-1016
Ferrari 502-1125 502-1125
Ferrari 502-8001 502-1016
Ferrari 502-8001 502-8003
Ferrari 502-8053 502-8003
Ferrari 502-8056 502-8056
Ferrari 502-8060 502-8060
Ferrari 502-8102 502-8102
Ferrari 502-8115 502-8115
Ferrari 502-8116 502-8116
Ferrari 502-8151 502-8151
Ferrari 502-8199 502-8199
Ferrari 502-8204 502-8204
Ferrari 502-8255 502-8255
Ferrari 502-8255 502-8256
Ferrari 502-8255 502-8255
Ferrari 502-8265 502-8265
Ferrari 502-8284 502-8284
Ferrari 502-8296 502-8296
Ferrari 502-8341 502-83415
Ferrari 502-8358 502-8358
Ferrari 502-8358 502-8390
Ferrari 502-8400 502-8400
Ferrari 502-8450 502-8450
Ferrari 502-8518 502-8518
Ferrari 502-8552 502-8552
Ferrari 502-8611 502-8611
Ferrari 502-8861 502-8861
Ferrari 502-8875 502-8875