THE DESIGN & QUOTATION PROCESSOur Design Process is
as Easy as 1-2-3
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESSHow Our Shade Structures are Made
Our shades are backed by years of design and engineering experience and they’re made from the highest quality materials using the best manufacturing techniques. Here’s an in-depth look into how we create our shade structures with the utmost care and accuracy from start to finish.
Step One: In-House Designers & Engineers
Your shade starts with our team of in-house designers and engineers. They have the expertise to design and engineer a shade solution that fits perfectly into your space. What’s more, they can ensure your shade meets your local building code requirements.
Step Two: Production
Once your shade has been designed and engineered, it’s time for production. First, the shade fabric is cut and sewn. Our fabric sewers use a combination of double-needle lock stitch and double-needle chain stitch to sew your shade fabric, creating a strong and durable shade canopy. Next, the steel for your shade’s frame is precision cut and carefully welded using trusted and strong welding techniques and patterns. Then it makes its way to the powder coat department where it’s primed using a zinc-rich primer, powder-coated, and then baked at 425°F in our 100-foot long oven. Once finished, your shade’s frame will have received a total of 6-8 mils of combined primer and powder coat, leaving a beautiful and durable marine-grade finish.
Meanwhile, our quick-release fabric mechanism, the Glide Elbow, is factory-assembled and tested for easy in-field installation. And the cable that tensions your shade is precision cut. Your shade then receives a final inspection before shipping. The large steel parts are layered and protected on large shipping pallets, while smaller parts are individually wrapped. This attention to detail ensures your shade arrives in pristine condition. Your whole order is wrapped with shipping plastic to protect it from any debris during transit. After your shade has made its way through design, engineering, and manufacturing, your shade has typically been with us for about 4-5 weeks before it is shipped off to find its permanent home in your space.
Find Your Expert in Shade
When you need an expert in shade, you can depend on our designers, engineers, and craftsman to bring your shade vision to life.