Tips for Purchasing and Installing Shade

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Whether you’re installing a shade structure yourself or would simply like to know the process of what needs to be considered for your installer to perform a great installation, here are some tips for purchasing and installing shade structures. While these are not step-by-step instructions, these general guidelines will help make your shade installation a success!


Plan a Budget

There are certain costs clients can expect when planning a shade project. From engineering and installation to product, freight, and more, check out our budgeting tool to help plan your shade project.

Have an Experienced Installer

While installing a shade structure yourself can save on installation costs, it’s important to have at least one experienced installer supervise and instruct in every step of the project to ensure your shade is installed safely and correctly.

Consider the Glide Elbow™

An exclusive feature of Superior Shade, the Glide Elbow™ mechanism allows you to easily attach and remove the shade fabric from its frame! This easy process is done with a simple wrench or a cordless drill. This mechanism features a fabric-hook connection that minimizes metal-on-metal wear.

The Glide Elbow™ is especially helpful when you need to quickly remove fabric before severe weather hits. Consider how many times you expect to take the fabric down in any given year. If you live in an area that gets at least six inches of snow at any given time or a hurricane-prone area, the Glide Elbow™ will be especially beneficial for you! The Glide Elbow™ will make it easier to remove and reattach the fabric before and after severe weather.


Check Inventory

It’s important that you take inventory of all shade equipment received using the Packing List shipped with your unit. Review all items to ensure there are the right quantities and check for any damaged components. Notify Superior Shade immediately if there are any missing or damaged items.

Proper Storage

When you receive your shade equipment, it should be installed as soon as possible or within a few days. We package the equipment to keep it safe and damage-free while it’s shipped. However, the packaging material is not well-suited for periods of extended storage in uncontrolled environments because the combination of moisture in the air mixed with heat generated inside the plastic shrink-wrap may cause damage to the finish of powder coated frames.

Prepare the Site

  • Hire a utility-locating service to locate any underground lines before digging
  • Make sure the site is clear of loose asphalt, concrete, and other debris
  • Grade the site to as close to level as possible
  • Have all necessary equipment on-hand

Don't Leave the Site Unattended

Be sure to not leave the site unattended without making sure all open holes are covered with a material such as plywood. Rope off all unfinished construction to keep others away from potential harm until the installation is complete.

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