Technical FAQ


Q. Where can I get ShadeGrip?

A. At most retail stores where shadecloth is sold. These include Bunnings, Danks and Mitre 10 and many other hardware stores. Contact V-Grip office if not available in your area.

Q. What lengths and colours are available?

A. ShadeGrip is sold in 1.83m lengths and colours to match standard shadecloth colours: Mill (natural aluminium finish), caufield green, doeskin, wizard blue, slate grey and armour grey.

Q. How much does ShadeGrip cost?

A. See your local hardware store or our Online website pages.

Q. How strong is ShadeGrip?

A. The minimum pull-out strength of ShadeGrip is 480kg. force per metre. This means it will withstand gale force winds on shadecloth with spans of over 3.5metres

Q. Will ShadeGrip extend the life of my shadecloth?

A. ShadeGrip is a continuous fixing system that does not penetrate or damage the fabric. It eliminates tearing at the fixture points which is the main cause of failure in shadecloth installations.

Q. Can I use ShadeGrip to fix shadecloth between my house/carport/pergola and the fence?

A. This is a very common application for ShadeGrip (see the brochure). Please ensure the fence is structurally secure.

Q. At what spacing do I need intermediate supports or battens?

A. With ShadeGrip, shadecloth can be fixed over the full width of the fabric (allowing 50mm at each edge for fixing). For clear spans of over 2 metres, it is recommended that temporary supports be used to take the weight of the fabric during installation. If it is not tight enough at first, just pull the fabric through to re-tension it a bit at a time.

Q. I live near the sea, what fasteners should I use?

A. Stainless steel screws or pop rivets are best.

Q. Can I alternate between different fabrics say, season to season?

A. Yes! ShadeGrip is ideal for this application as the fabric can be released easily without damaging it by pulling on the loose edge. Make sure you leave enough surplus to pull on.