What to Do about Shade Sail Damage and Repairs in Brisbane?

Shade sails look unassuming once they are installed. Really, they are just pieces of fabric installed in such a way to minimise the blast of the sun on playgrounds, patios, parks, outdoor seating areas, public squares or other high traffic outdoor spots. However, while the design of a shade sail might seem simplistic and effortless, the science is a little more complex than you might think. For one thing, shade sails are always bearing the brunt of the elements-including the sun’s UV rays, shifting temperatures, rain, wind and maybe even hail. For another thing, shade sails are continually being stretched to hundreds of kilograms of tension, via multiple anchor points around the installation.

A properly installed shade structure with quality shade fabric should last for a number of years without needing to be adjusted however as we all know the weather in Brisbane and the surrounding areas like Gold coast and Sunshine coast can see some pretty high winds. The highest recorded gust is 263km/h in Queensland.

So if your shade structure is in need of some TLC, may it be to retention the shade fabric or fix a tear, there are a couple of options available to you.


If the damage is negligible the quickest and cheapest option is to just repair the damage. It is a pretty simple exercise to retention shade fabric  and can be done in a couple of hours depending on the size of the shade structure.

If the shade fabric has torn or the seams have come undone, it requires the shade fabric to be taken down and restitched to repair the tear. The shade fabric will need to be transported to the factory to be mended and then reinstalled and tensioned. Depending on the extent of the damage as well as weather you could be without a shade sail for about a week.

Sometimes the structure holding up the shade structure has been damaged. The damage can be owing to anything from someone driving into the structure, to flooding causing the ground to wash away or collapse around the structure. Depending on the extent of damage new foundations can be created or new posts installed to ensure the shade structure is back to providing shade and protection from harsh UV


Replacing a shade structure is naturally going to be more expensive. Replacing a shade structure should be considered if the current shade structure is a danger to your patrons for example if it doesn’t have a high fire resistance. It is critical to understand what compliance your shade structure material comply to. Building Code Australia has made some adjustments in 2019 and it is worth checking your compliance.

You may also consider replacing a shade structure if you want to upgrade your shade structure to be a waterproof. A waterproof shade structure requires stronger posts and re-engineering of current foundations.


It goes without saying, then, that shade sails can and do experience a good deal of wear and tear over time. By using only the highest quality materials and products available-not only for the shade sail itself but also for the metal anchor points-Versatile Structures has minimised problems with shade damage.

Still, it’s always a good idea to watch your shade sails for signs of damage. Especially after rough storms, a visual inspection of your shade sails is a smart step to identify maintenance concerns or other problems. The old adage of “ a stitch in time saves nine” rings specifically true for shade structures. So specifically, look out for these issues:

  • Tension problems: Your shade sail should always be stretched taut. If you notice the sail flapping in the breeze, it is time to call for shade sail damage repairs in Brisbane.
  • Anchor point damage: The anchor points are arguably the most critical parts of the shade sail structure. If they are damaged or starting to corrode, then the entire installation may be compromised.
  • Sail damage: Of course, you should also look out for signs of damage to the sails themselves. If your sails are torn, fraying, or have holes forming, you should call Versatile Structures. Also keep an eye out for mould or mildew on your sails, as these unwanted growths can affect longevity.

Versatile Structures offer a insurance an maintenance for any shade structure ensuring that they deliver high quality and long-lasting solutions. We know that our clients are looking for shade sails that can stand up to the rough weather and climate conditions of the Brisbane area. By continually pushing our quality standards, we have been able to offer shade sail solutions that are low maintenance but still come backed with 10-15 years of warranty coverage. However, if you do notice shade sail damage in Brisbane, we are also happy to assist with repairs.


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