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FAQ for Shade & Shaded Structures Installations

By September 1, 2023No Comments

Embarking on a shade structure project for your playground or outdoor space is an exciting endeavor, but it’s natural to have questions along the way. At InspiredPlay Hawaii, we’re here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your project is a breeze from start to finish.

In this FAQ section, we address some of the common queries that playground owners and project managers often have when considering shade solutions. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions and create a shaded oasis that enhances your outdoor environment.

Let’s dive into your shade structure project FAQs:


What Type of Shade Structure Is Best for My Playground?

Deciding which shade structure is best suited for your playground depends on your playground’s specific layout and needs. Different options like shade sails, pergolas, and umbrellas have unique advantages. We recommend a consultation with one of our experts to understand your playground’s layout and specific needs, ensuring the perfect fit. Click here to request a consultation with InspiredPlay Hawaii.


What Material Options Are Available?

Available materials for shade structures vary between different fabric options and metal for frames. When it comes to selecting the best materials for your shade project, durability is essential. We can guide you through the best material options for your playground’s longevity and safety.


How Do I Ensure Proper Sizing and Placement?

Determining the correct size and placement of shade structures for your playground is key to providing optimal coverage without taking away from your play area. You’ll have to determine what type of shade combination suits your play area, and be able to measure the shade structure’s size, along with the shade dimensions.

You can always give us a call for shade and shade structure measurements.


What Sun Protection and UV Blocking Properties do shades provide?

Every shade and shade structure has a unique combination of comfort and UV protection. The combination varies depending on the type of structure and fabric selected for the shade installation.

For a complete list of sun protection benefits, click here.


Can the Shade Structure Be Customized?

Certainly! You have a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes, and themes to choose from. Your InspiredPlay Hawaii expert can help you determine which customizations best suit your desired protection-level and presentation.


What Is the Maintenance Required?

Naturally, you’ll want to keep your shade structures clean and free of debris. Your shades will collect dust, dirt, foliage, and other materials that can lead to bigger issues if left unattended. We recommend maintaining a regularly scheduled maintenance routine for cleaning and inspections. Be sure to include seasonal considerations for your region.


Are Permits or Regulations Required?

The best way to know if permits are required or if specific regluations for shades and shaded structures for your playground is to contact Building Division. If you need assistance with understanding what permits and regulations to prepare for, feel free to contact InspiredPlay Hawaii.


What is the Cost and Budget Consideration?

The cost of shaded structure construction for playground projects can vary widely. A general prices range as follows:

  • Small to medium-sized shade structures (e.g., single shade sails or umbrellas):
    $5,000 to $15,000.
  • Medium to large-sized shade structures (e.g., multiple shade sails, pergolas):
    $15,000 to $50,000.
  • Large and custom-designed shade structures:
    $50,000 and above.

These are only rough estimates; the actual cost of shaded structures are influenced by many factors. For a detailed list of factors for your coast estimation, check out this post. Your InspiredPlay Hawaii representative will be happy to assist you with designing a shade solution that fits your playground and budget.


How Can I Ensure Safety and Durability?

Our shade partners, Superior Shades, provide high-quality shade structure materials with cutting edge safety components and lifetime guarantees.


Are There Eco-Friendly Options?

We’re committed to offering our clients eco-friendly options with all of their designs. Superior Shade products are crafted in safe and efficient spaces by experts. Plus, materials are rigorously tested and certified by organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council. Your shade solution will be both environmentally conscious and top quality!


What Is the Installation Process?

Understanding the installation process, including the timeline and potential disruption to playground activities, is important for proper project planning. The main components of a shade and shade structure project are:

  • Initial Consultation
  • Site Assessment
  • Design and Planning
  • Permitting
  • Fabrication
  • Installation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Client Walkthrough
  • Maintenance Guidance
  • After-Sales Support


For more details on each of these project milestones, check out this post.


Can I Add Shade to an Existing Playground?

Yes! Some playgrounds require a unique approach for proper shading, and we’re happy to come perform an evaluation for potential shade solutions in your play area.


Can You Provide References or Examples of Past Projects?

Definitely. Check out our portfolio for examples of our past work. You can also see our work on some of our partner’s site here.


What Warranty and After-Sales Support Is Available?

As an InspiredPlay Hawaii client, you’ll have direct contact with our shade specialist who can support you with any questions regarding your project at any point of your product’s lifetime.


How Do I Maximize the Aesthetics and Comfort?

The best way to maximize your investment is to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. Our team offers turnkey services on all our projects ensuring the aesthetic, comfort, safety, and longevity of your projects are all top-of-the-line.


Click here to schedule a complimentary consultation for your shade and shade structure project.