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Whether you have a garden, a large courtyard or a terrace, a well-designed outdoor space is a valuable asset for any home. However, when temperatures rise and the heat becomes intense, it can be difficult to fully appreciate this space.

That’s where shade sails, also known as sun canopies, come in.

Shade sails are tensioned canvases that can be installed in your open space to create a comfortable shaded area.

They offer a variety of options and benefits to suit almost any outdoor area.

Sun canopies can be installed for professionals (restaurant terraces, hotels…) and private individuals with a garden or terrace.

Whether you’re looking to create a comfortable space to relax or protect your guests, customers or plants from the sun’s rays, shade sails are a practical and aesthetic solution for adding shade to your outdoor space.



There are several advantages to installing a shade sail, or sun canopy in your garden or any other outdoor space.

Protection from UV rays

One of the main advantages of shade sails is their ability to provide effective sun protection. Shade sails are designed to block a large proportion of harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of sunburn and other health problems associated with prolonged exposure to the sun.

The sun canopy thus provides a physical barrier that can help prevent these harmful effects.

Reducing the heat

In summer, outdoor spaces can become very hot and uncomfortable. A sun canopy can help reduce the heat by creating shade and preventing direct sunlight from entering your space. This can make your outdoor space more comfortable and enjoyable to use.

Preventing furniture fading

UV rays can also cause outdoor furniture (cushions, deckchairs, tables, armchairs, etc.) to fade. A sun awning can help protect these items by keeping them in the shade and minimising exposure to UV rays.

That’s why it’s also important to consider the quality of your garden’s outdoor features, such as cushions.

The shade sail as a decorative element

The sun canopy is a decorative element that can add an aesthetic touch to your outdoor space. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, so you can choose a sun canopy that suits your personal style and the decor of your garden or balcony.

This can give your space a more elegant and welcoming appearance.




Weather resistance

When buying a shade sail, it’s important to choose a fabric that is resistant to the elements.

Shade sails are designed to withstand and protect us from the sun, but they must also be resistant to rain and wind.

High-quality shade sails are made from water- and UV-resistant materials, and are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions such as wind and rain.

It’s important to choose a shade sail that is specifically designed to withstand these conditions, to ensure that it stays in good condition for as long as possible and provides effective protection from the sun.

The size of the sun canopy

This will depend on the area to be covered and the fixing points.

It’s important to measure the area you want to cover and choose a sun canopy that fits that area. Make sure you take into account the height of the space where you want to install the sun canopy to choose the right size.

The shape of the sun canopy

There are different shapes of sun canopy, including rectangular, square and triangular. The shape you choose will depend not only on the aesthetic appeal you are looking for, but also on the surface area to be covered and the fixing points. For example, a triangle-shaped sun canopy may be ideal for an area with corners, while a rectangular sun canopy may be perfect for a wider area.

The material of the sun canopy

The higher the quality of the material used, the greater the benefits: increased protection, longer product life, etc.

Sun awnings are available in a variety of materials, including acrylic (Sunbrella) and PVC (Soltis).

Each material offers different benefits and different levels of quality.

You can opt for a solid, waterproof or micro-perforated fabric for better ventilation.

PBM offers these various shade cloth options in marine quality.

The colour of the sun canopy

The colour of the sun canopy is also important to consider.

Dark sun canopies absorb more heat than light sun canopies ( white, tan, ecru, sandy colours, anise green), which can make the space feel warmer.

However, dark suncovers also offer better protection against UV rays. The colour you choose will therefore depend on your personal preferences and the amount of UV protection you need.



Pascal Bruno Marine offers you high-quality products for your sails and awnings.

By choosing a made-to-measure sun canopy, you can benefit from an installation perfectly tailored to your space, as well as a range of materials, colours and styles customised to suit your personal tastes.

What’s more, bespoke sun canopies allow for personalised service throughout the installation process and offer increased durability and weather resistance.

PBM offers you shade sails :

  • Made to measure
  • Handcrafted
  • Superior quality: meticulous, solid finishes, marine fabrics



A made-to-measure sun awning ensures that the installation fits your space perfectly. This means you won’t have to worry about the size or shape of your outdoor space, as the sun canopy will be created specifically to meet your needs.



Our sun awnings are designed using quality craftsmanship. We carry out a feasibility study, look for dimensional limits and offer you customised solutions.


PBM offers you a sun awning made from marine canvas, from the Serge Ferrari range, offering you unrivalled quality in terms of strength and product longevity.

PBM offers you the Sunbrella range with a waterproof marine fabric. It’s weatherproof and extremely strong, so rainwater won’t damage or tear it.

PBM also offers you the Soltis range from Serge Ferrari, which features micro-perforated PVC fabrics that are extremely dimensionally stable. They don’t deform over time, let air through while blocking heat for ventilation, and also filter natural light.

PBM also offers plain waterproof fabrics such as Stamoid PVC or Sunbrella coated acrylic.

These fabrics have the advantage of being easy to clean: simply wipe with soapy water.


PBM offers a wide range of colours to match your outdoor décor and taste.

By customising the colour of your sun awning, you can make a choice that perfectly suits your space and your desires.


With PBM, you can benefit from personalised service and expert advice throughout the purchase and installation process.

Professionals can help you choose the materials and colours best suited to your space, as well as ensuring a professional and safe installation.

PBM also attaches great importance to meeting delivery deadlines.

All in all, a made-to-measure sun canopy offers many advantages over standard options, as well as over sunshades and umbrellas.




When not in use, your garden or patio shade sail needs to be protected.

A protective bag is very useful because it can extend the life of the sail and protect it from damage caused by external elements such as dust and debris, rain, snow and wind, which can cause deterioration to your shade sail over time, particularly if it is exposed to these elements for long periods.

The protective bag also makes it easier to maintain the sun canopy.

Using a protective bag for your shade sail reduces the time and effort needed to clean your sail. The protective bag can prevent dust and dirt from accumulating on your sail, meaning you won’t need to clean it as often as if it had no protection.

In summary, using a protection bag for your garden shade sail can be very beneficial in extending its life and keeping it in good condition. Your sun canopy should be dismantled out of season and stored in a clean bag in a dry place.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote.

PBM can install your shade sails / sun shades in Italy  (Genoa, Imperia, Sanremo), Monaco, in Europe (Nice Antibes, Cannes, Mandelieu, La Ciotat, Marseille).