Shade Cloth FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Shade Cloth

Shade cloth helps keep your greenhouse cool during the hot months. Choose the right type and size cloth for your application, and learn how to install it here. Still have questions? Contact Product Support at 1-800-874-4755.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. Why is knit shade cloth better than woven?
2. What shade factor percentage do I need?
3. What colors and shade factors are available?
4. How do I fasten the shade cloth?
5. What measurements do I need to order shade cloth?
6. Can I order custom shade cloth sizes?
7. What are grommets?
8. How far apart should the grommets be?
9. Do you stock pieces of shade cloth that have grommets already installed?
10. What is taping?
11. Do your stock pieces of shade cloth have taped or reinforced edges?
12. Is the tape or seam used on my custom shade cloth the same color as my shade cloth?

 

1. Why is knit shade cloth better than woven?
Knit shade cloth has greater strength, ventilation and water permeability when compared with woven shade barriers. It is also 20-35% lighter than woven shade material on a support structure. The lock-stitch weave can be cut without unraveling and does not require taping.


2. What shade factor percentage do I need?
50% shade cloth will block out 50% of sunlight and 80% will block out 80% of the sunlight. The shade percentage depends on the use. If used to shade plants, the light requirements of the plants must be taken into account.


3. What colors and shade factors are available?
To view all available shade cloth, click here.


4. How do I fasten the shade cloth?
Grommets can be installed around the perimeter of the shade cloth. The cloth can then be fastened to posts or structures with metal fasteners, rope, cable or cord through the grommets.


5. What measurements do I need to order shade cloth?
Measure the length and width of the area to be covered.


6. Can I order custom shade cloth sizes?
Yes, shade cloth can be ordered in custom sizes. If needed, smaller pieces can be joined together to make larger pieces by a process called seaming. To special order custom size shade cloth, call our Product Support Department at 1-800-874-4755.


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7. What are grommets?
Grommets are a protective eyelet that reinforces the border of the shade cloth and can be used to secure your shade cloth.


8. How far apart should the grommets be?
The most common spacing is every 2 feet. Any combination can be used.


9. Do you stock pieces of shade cloth that have grommets already installed?
No, the shade cloth we stock does not come with grommets already installed. Hinged grommet fasteners or Shark Bite® grommets can be purchased separately and installed by yourself as needed. Custom pieces of shade cloth can also be special ordered with brass grommets installed by the manufacturer.


10. What is taping?
Taping refers to finishing the edge of the shade cloth. A reinforced material is sewn around the border of the shade cloth. This adds support when installing grommets.


11. Do your stock pieces of shade cloth have taped or reinforced edges?
No, the pieces of shade cloth we stock do not have taped or reinforced edges. Shade cloth must be special ordered in order to have the edges taped.


12. Is the tape or seam used on my custom shade cloth the same color as my shade cloth?
Not necessarily, black is the only color available for taping and seaming.


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