sails are constantly subject to the aggression of external factors. Solar radiation, water, wind, salinity, temperature changes, etc.
It is essential to work with the best materials and use the ideal anchors to obtain the best long-term results. Catvela applies nautical technology (ships are subject to extreme conditions) to achieve their greatest satisfaction and security.
All solar sails are unique pieces that are developed taking into account the size, shape, and various forces that can affect them.
We base our designs on our experience because unfortunately in Europe (and in Spain) there is a legislative gap in relation to the calculation of this type of removable structure for external solar protection. The Technical Building Code is not applicable to deformable structures like ours.
The closest standard that would be applicable is the EN 13561: 2004 standard that verifies the final quality of outdoor sun protection installations. This standard is mandatory and applies to all exterior solar protection systems, but for the moment it does not yet contemplate fixed, semi-fixed, or more than 2-arm awnings. It also does not serve us.
We have a team of calculators with whom we are working to document our facilities as they would in Australia, a leading country in textile architecture structures together with Israel or the Persian Golf countries.
Each time candles are issued/installed, the customer is informed of the limitations of use. For this reason, CATVELA is not responsible for damage caused by wind or snow load in case of improper use.