"We bought our new villa in Lagos in June and after the first summer we realised we would need a few large parasols for our south facing terrace. It was during the costing of these that an exhibition for expats at Silves in the November and found the OZ SHADE Sails Stand and were immediately impressed by the shade sail concept, and in particular the range of fabric colours available and the sturdiness of the strainless steel fixings. We knew a shade sail would be a perfect application for us because the rooms of the villa formed a 'U' around the terrace giving plenty of scope for wall fixings without the need for additional supports. We compromised on the plan area of the sail to give both shade for a dining table and leave a sufficient unshaded area for the sun worshippers. The end product exceeded our expectations because firstly our chosen colour blends very well with the villa walls; and secondly the shade sail is very discrete when viewed from the front elevation as only the front edge is visible owing to the slope built into the sail to encourage rain water runoff. As the sun gets higher in the sky, we now have the amount of shade we want on the terrace and at a cost comparable with the three or four large umbrellas that would have been required to do the same job but with much greater inconvenience, and not counting the ten year guarantee provided with the sail!"