Solarmax Shade Structures

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DIY permanent shade structures for carports and outdoor shade. 95% shade protection, engineer certified, easy installation. Professional shade at DIY price.


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 We don't offer this product for online sale. If you wish to purchase this product or discuss it in more detail, please call us on 1800 155 233.

The SolarMax 5 Series is an innovative approach to providing professional quality shade structures at DIY prices.  Four (4) easy to install sizes are available and can be packed and shipped anywhere in Australia.  They're designed for permanent installation and ideal for shading cars, pools, schools, children's play areas and pretty much any other outdoor area where permanent shade is needed.  


  • 3.0 x 5.0 metres
  • 4.0 x 5.0 metres
  • 5.0 x 5.0 metres
  • 5.0 x 5.5 metres 

* Other sizes are available. These are our standard sizes designed for easy DIY installation without the need for lifting equipment. If you require a different size, contact our office on 1800 155 233.

Note: All kits come standard with boltdown footplates.  If you are planning to install the structure into soil, you will not need the footplates and the price will be less. If you are going into the ground the vertical posts must be extended by 800mm. 

What comes in The Kit 

SolarMax Shade Structures come delivered as a kit ready for installation. If you are bolting to an existing concrete slab you will receive footplates. If you are going into the ground the vertical posts will be extended by 800mm. 

  • The shade cloth canopy made to the colour of your choice
  • The cable is inserted into the perimeter of the shade cloth canopy
  • Knuckles, Y-Pieces and Foot plates
  • Stainless steel tensioning forks with brass + stainless steel nuts
  • The nuts and bolts required for assembly 

Note: Standard kits do not include the anchor bolts for bolting the structure down to a concrete slab. We can supply these if required. Just advise us that you need these at the time of order. 

These structures can be expensive to ship. One of the reasons we do not offer this product for sale on line is we have the option of shipping the canopy, knuckles and parts without the steel legs, hip and ridge beams.  In this instance we give you the details of the galvanised pipe required including cutting lengths and you source the steel locally. This can save significantly on shipping costs.  Call us today to discuss this option. 


We’ve recently upgraded the shade cloth fabric we cover our SolarMax shade structures with to Rainbow EXTREME 32. Rainbow Extreme is a heavy duty 320 GSM commercial shade cloth fabric which consistently delivers enduring strength, lasting durability and excellent shade protection characteristics. It offers up to 95.8% UV-R Protection. Check under the Brochures Tab at the top of the page for Technical information about this product.  

Warranty Solarmax   Solarmax Extreme Rainbow Colour


Solarmax Shade Structure Colour Desert SandSolarmax Shade Structure Colour SilverSolarmax Shade Structure Colour CharcoalSolarmax Shade Structure Colour BlackSolarmax Shade Structure Colour RainforestSolarmax Shade Structure Colour Navy Blue
Desert Sand
UVR Block: 92.4%
Shade: 91.2%
UVR Block: 91.5%
Shade: 91.2% 
UVR Block: 95.7%
Shade: 95.3% 
UVR Block: 95.7%
Shade: 95.3%   
UVR Block: 93.1%
Shade: 90.7% 
Navy Blue
UVR Block: 95.8%
Shade: 94.4%
Solarmax Shade Structure Colour Royal BlueSolarmax Shade Structure Colour Terracotta 
Royal Blue
UVR Block: 91.7%
Shade: 86.1%
UVR Block: 92.7%
Shade: 92.7% 

 *Please note: Colours may vary slightly between screens and the actual product.


Frames are made from standard size hot-dip galvanised steel. Powder-coating is an option. The connecting Knuckles and Y-Pieces are welded by highly experienced welders and hot dip galvanised. All bolts which are supplied for assembly of the frame are galvanised.

  • Typical Entry Height:            Up to 2.4 metres high
  • Assembly Method:                Fit together knuckle system with nuts & bolts
  • Canopy Attachment:            Stainless steel cable and tensioning yokes
  • Structure installation:          Bolt-down or in-ground
  • Frame:                                     Hot dip galvanised


SolarMax 5 Series Shade Structures are engineer certified for W33 Wind loadings. 


SolarMax Shade Structures are designed for DIY installation. They must be installed by suitably capable/qualified persons only. Safe working methods should be adhered to at all times. If you do not have the necessary training or building experience it is recommended that building professional be engaged to install this structure. 

Specific site considerations must always be taken into account. Refer to a typical Solarmax installation guide under brochures tab to help make an assessment as to your ability to carry out an installation. 


SolarMax Shade Structures are a fully Australian made shade structure that can be assembled onsite by a competent DIY handyperson.  We provide detailed installation instructions and videos to ensure that your installation goes smoothly.  

You’ll find additional information about this product by using the Tabs at the top of the page. Of course you’re always welcome to call us during normal business hours on Free-call 1800 155 233.

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Can I install this shade structure myself?

SolarMax 5 Series Shade Structures are designed for installation by suitably qualified handy persons. Installation will typically involve working on ladders, lifting pipes into position, drilling both masonry and steel, bolting pieces together and carrying our detailed mark-outs and measurements. If you are not confident with any of these procedures, we suggest that you engage a suitably qualified professional to carry out the installation on your behalf.

Installing a shade structure is at a minimum, a 2-person job.


How long will it take to install?

If the Shade Structure is being concreted into the ground, then the installation will be a 2 stage process. Stage 1 setting the posts in concrete and then leaving the concrete to set for the required amount of time.

If the installation is of a bolt down type then it typically takes 2 experienced handy persons half a day to fully erect the structure.


What tools will I need?

  • A heavy duty drill
  • A masonry drill (for bolt down installations)
  • Some long ropes
  • Ladders
  • Hard hats, safety goggles, gloves and other safety equipment
  • Lubricant
  • Spanners
  • Tape measures and mark-out chalk
  • General handyperson set of tools


Do I need Council Approval?

In our experience many councils have different rules and regulations relating to the installation of shade sails and structures. If you are concerned, you could contact your local council to determine whether you are required to get approval to install one of these shade structures.


What is the warranty of this Shade Structure?

  • 5 Years Frame
  • 5 Years Workmanship Fabric
  • 10 Years Fabric against UV Degradation.


What’s the lead time?

Typically, it will take us 3-4 weeks to fabricate your shade structure and shade canopy. This depends on the time of the year. In the winter months it can be less while in the summer months it can be longer.


Can I leave this shade structure up all the time?

Yes, it is a permanent structure however, we strongly recommend that if you are in a Cyclone area or wind area where the wind speeds are known to be greater than W33 that you do not install this structure but purchase a stronger model. 

This item requires us to discuss the delivery with the customer. This is because it can be more cost effective for the customer to source the steel pipes locally. This can save on freight. We can either ship this item as the kit-set with knuckles, foot-plates, canopy and fittings or, with the aforementioned items PLUS the posts, rafters and ridge-beam. 

Your shade structure takes approximately 3-4 weeks to manufacture.  Once we have the structure canopy back from the factory we will contact you to arrange delivery. Once we dispatch your shade structure, we email you the Consignment Number.  This allows you to log onto the couriers website (e.g. TNT) and track your delivery so you know when it is going to be delivered.

We do our best to ensure your shade structure is packaged securely and arrives safely. 

The cost of delivery reflects the actual cost of preparing the item for shipment and the courier charges.  Shipping for us is a service associated with getting your goods to you safely and smoothly.  We do not charge any profit margin on shipping. 

The Solar Max Shade Structures come with a 5 Year workmanship warranty on the frame and fabric and 10 Year UV degradation warranty on the fabric.


As this product is made to order to your specifications and colours we are unable to accept returns due to a change of mind (including if the product does not fit due to incorrect measurements). Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us so please triple check all details before confirming your order.

Upon the arrival of your product, we encourage you to check and make sure that the product has been made to the measurements and colours that you specified as soon as possible without removing or throwing away any packaging.

Defective, Damaged or Mis-shipped Items

If we ship you an item that is incorrect or damaged, you will be eligible for an exchange. When requesting for the exchange, please be ready to provide customer service with photographs clearly showing the problem as soon as possible. If you believe your item was damaged during shipping, we will need photographs showing the damaged packaging as well.

Please note: Perceived colour differences due to the display settings on your computer monitor are not grounds for a refund or exchange. If you would like to view our colours please call 1800 155 233 and ask one of our customer service team for a fabric sample delivered to you free of charge.

Cancellation Policy

It is important to note that this product is made to order, whether you ordered a standard size or provided custom measurements and colours, materials cannot be reused once the manufacturing process has begun. The good news is that after placing your order there is still time to change your mind:

  • Orders modified within 24 hours of payment confirmation may be altered to the new specifications - Please contact us as soon as possible