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Shade Sails, Playground Canopies, Bleacher Shade Structures, and More!

Shade Structures for Public & Private Facilities

Who doesn’t want to have it made in the shade? In addition to our selection of hard structures like picnic shelters and gazebos, Carolina Recreation & Design also offers commercial shade structures for a variety of applications, including playground covers, shade sails, poolside cantilever shades, umbrella shades for common areas, shades for country clubs and tennis clubs, and more!

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Listen to what some of our many satisfied customers and clients have to say about their experience with Carolina Recreation & Design


I just built a daycare center and called Carolina Recreation & Design to work with me for playground equipment installation. They were great. The crew they sent out was very professional; they followed the timeline they promised. Great company to work with. The playground they gave me will make a lot of kids happy and safe.


Carolina Recreation & Design was very easy to work with when our neighborhood association decided to upgrade the features at the park. From the initial contact to the final inspection, it was a great all-round experience. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to install a commercial playground in their community.


Our church considers Carolina Recreation & Design a part of our family. They have designed and built three play spaces at our church so far. Carolina Recreation & Design creativity, along with their professionalism, make working with them a joy. The final product is safe, current to industry standards, and, most of all, a fun space for the children. We would recommend Carolina Recreation & Design to anyone interested in upgrading their play spaces.


Our Shade Structures

Belk Tonawanda Park ShadeBelk Tonawanda Park Shade
City of Monroe, NC
Came Wagging TailsCame Wagging Tails
Cornelius, NC
CLA Child CareCLA Child Care
Ashburn, VA
McKinney Park Amphitheater ShadeMcKinney Park Amphitheater Shade
City of Woodruff , SC
North HillsNorth Hills
Raleigh, NC

Benefits of a Commercial Shade Structure

Why does shade matter? Apart from being able to keep things a little bit cooler, shade is really a safety issue. For example, installing a shade structure can help keep playground equipment from getting too hot, but it also does more than that. It also protects children (and adults) from getting too much UV exposure, helping to prevent the short-term effects of sunburn and the long-term potential for skin cancer. Here are more specific benefits of having a shade overhead:

  • Cools air by between 20-30 degrees F
  • Blocks nearly all of the sun’s UVA & UVB rays
  • Depending on arrangement of shade, can increase shade factor by up to 97%
  • Prevents hot surfaces on playgrounds, benches, tables, and other features
  • Stops painful glare from reaching your eyes
  • Prolongs the life of your playground equipment, park equipment, and other features
  • Adds style and beauty to your outdoor landscape
  • Designed to endure high winds; can withstand weather that might damage other permanent structures
  • Heavy-duty shade structure won’t rot, and doesn’t play host to mold or mildew
  • Cable-tensioned fabrics don’t sag or vibrate, either

Shade steel frames are powder-coated for long life, and come in a variety of color options

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Design Options for Shade Structures

What type of design or look would you prefer for your commercial shade canopy? Your possibilities are really only limited by your personal tastes and imagination! You can choose a commercial shade sail or sails, a frame-supported shade canopy, permanent shade umbrella, or select from other shade structure options:

  • Each shade structure can be engineered to meet local building codes
  • Factory-welded steel with either galvanized or stainless hardware
  • Fire-resistant fabrics
  • Shades in any size and shape, including:
    • Sails designed to cover amphitheaters, entryways, playgrounds, and eating areas
    • Multi-sided sails in a variety of geometric patterns and shapes
    • Cantilever shades that are perfect for areas that need a lot of shade but may offer limited available ground space, or wherever clear space is needed for walking or viewing
    • Single-post shades made with just one support post, for areas that aren’t built to accommodate multiple columns
    • Specialty shades designed to cover patios, porches, decks, and other applications
    • Custom shades that can be designed to meet your exact, particular needs!

Carolina Recreation & Design for All Your Shade Structure Needs

Whether you need shading for a playground, patio, picnic area, or any other common space, Carolina Recreation & Design has you covered! And one thing that makes us different is the fact that we do more than simply sell shade structures and products. We actually provide you with a full-service solution! We can start by helping you to flesh out your design plans, and then we can actually finish the job by providing full installation services for every product we sell!

Need some site preparation work? Carolina Recreation & Design is a fully-licensed contractor, which means we can take care of anything you might need. We do more than just sell shade structures and related equipment; we actually offer complete turnkey shade solutions, from start to finish!

Ready to learn more? Have some particular questions about shade options or pricing? Give us a call today at (704) 664-1833. You can also reach out to us online by filling out this simple form. Carolina Recreation & Design has all your shade structure, sail, canopy, and any other shade needs covered! Contact us now, and you can have it made in the shade in no time!

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