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July 2016

Shade Structures for Cattle

Keeping Cattle Cool With Shade Structures

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When it comes to raising cattle, it can be tough to find the perfect blend of grass and shade… Where there’s lots of grass, there may not be much shade to keep cool. Heat stress is a significant threat to cattle and can reduce their health and productivity. It can also lead to the birth of ill-formed calves which would result in many health problems further down the road. Cows are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as humans do. Setting up shade structures for zero grazing or placing them strategically around fields can do wonders to help with your cows’ health and productivity. Shade structures are a smart alternative to air conditioning–which is only feasible for zero grazing cows, and can be quite costly.

Shade structures for cattle can either be permanent or portable. Regardless of their use, they should be at least 10 feet tall to allow for adequate air flow. Permanent shade structures will need more labor since it will require manure removal from time to time. Good shade cloth should block as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays. However, at Modern Shade LLC, we’re proud to offer structures that provide an open feel, cool the air by as much as 25 degrees, and block up to 97% of harmful UV rays.

No matter if you choose to install portable or permanent shade, the location you place it is crucial. Some areas are optimal for cooling purposes, while others are less than ideal. A shade structure should be placed in a location where wind passes through, as moving air will cool off the cattle better than stagnant air. A hillside may be good for the wind but may lead to premature damage to the shade structure due to erosion. A delicate balance must be struck in order to maximize comfort, while also preserving your shade structures to ensure they last as long as possible.

We specialize in crafting the perfect custom shade structure for any need, and would love to get you set up with exactly what you need to keep your cattle cool, healthy & happy. Happy cattle are more productive & live longer, so keeping them protected and healthy is a wise choice. Contact us today to receive a quote for custom shade structures, we’d love to hear from you!

Keeping Your Patio & Pool Area Cool This Summer

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At Modern Shade, we know the importance of keeping cool as the weather heats up outdoors. Hot weather is great when you want to enjoy some time outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer the sun’s wrath. We’ve put together some tips to make your home patio and/or pool area cooler and more hospitable for family and friends–no matter how hot it gets!

Relaxing In Your Pool

There’s nothing more relaxing than diving into the cool, refreshing water of a swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. However, without the proper shade, even your own backyard pool might not offer that much relief. Instead of cool and relaxing, it could easily become swelteringly uncomfortable before you even get into the water. With the sun beating down and the temperatures soaring on hot summer days it’s easy to see how this can happen, but fortunately it’s easily corrected.

Make Your Pool Area More Inviting

First let’s start with a solution to keep you and your guests’ feet cool when you’re walking around barefoot. A great way to keep your pool deck cool and inviting is to apply Keystone Kool Deck. Kool Deck is a spray applied cement-polymer overlay manufactured by Mortex Mfg. and available in a variety of light heat reflecting colors. In addition, it also has an orange peel texture that when the product drys provides surface air pockets that help keep the surface of your pool deck significantly cooler. Kool Deck was invented in 1962 and once applied it automatically generates a colored, textured cement surface that will significantly lower the surface temperature of the concrete, and will withstand thermal contraction and expansion better than concrete. It’s also environmentally safe and can be easily and safely cleaned with soap and water.

Shade Trees

Whether or not you want to deal with sprays, a shady back yard is a big plus. Some people are fortunate enough to have lots of shade provided by large trees. If you don’t you may want to consider planting some. If you do decide to plant trees, be sure to factor in how much the tree is likely to spread out as it goes, and lean toward the conservative side on how close to the pool you plant them. This will help prevent any problems down the road (tree root systems can become quite expansive, and the last thing you want is roots damaging your pool). Another perk to adding trees is that they will also provide you with extra privacy.

Pool Umbrellas

Planting trees in your back yard can be a big project, especially if you want to skip waiting for them to grow from saplings and opt for bigger trees. An extremely simple alternate solution is pool umbrellas, a common sight in and around pool areas and backyard patios. Free standing umbrellas are the most common choice, though offset umbrellas are wildly popular as well. The offset umbrella has the ability to be positioned anywhere you need shade, especially as the sun moves overhead. You can even get umbrellas that anchor themselves in the pool.

Shade Sails & Custom Shade Structures

If you’re looking for a more stylish and durable option to create some shade in your back yard, a shade sail or custom shade structure may be just what you’re looking for. Shade sails can be anchored into either your yard or patio, and they can be stretched across any area that needs protection from the sun. The sails come in a variety of colors to fit any need, and with their unique sharp-angled look they instantly add a touch of glamour to any pool area. High quality shade structures also offer powerful UV inhibitors that can offer more protection from the effects of too much sun than you might expect.

If you’re looking for shade sails or custom shade structures for your pool area or back yard, be sure to contact us to discuss your needs and get a free quote! We’ll help you decide on the perfect choice for your needs.

Commercial Area Shade Sails: A Great Way to Provide Shade and More

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As you start to research shade sails and their many uses, you are bound to see that they are used in many locations to provide shade. The thing that is often overlooked is how great they really look and how safe they are. These sails can be used in commercial structures as well as patios and gardens. You can use these shade sails any where you need to provide shade. Unlike sun umbrellas and other forms of shades these shade sails are designed and engineered to provide the most shade in the safest way. They also look great in the over all landscape. 

You can often get ready made shade sails or you can have them custom designed for your location. It really depends on your needs and their use. When you have an area that has so much heat that it has become an area that can not be used, a simple shade sail can decrease that heat and make the space useable once again. It is amazing what a simple shade used correctly can do. They space also becomes more attractive and fun. The shade sails can be used to throw a splash of color into any area and provide protection for the heat on the harshest days. If you have a pool and need to provide shade, these sail shades can provide the cover you need to stay out of the sun and still provide the pool enough sun to stay warm. With a sail shade in place you can read a book and not have to worry about sun burn or sun damaged pages for the matter. 

Most of the shades can provide some protection if it rains too. The water will get through the sails but, it will act as an umbrella and keep you dry for the most part. These shades will also stand up to windy conditions. Keep in mind that a lot of what they will withstand depends on their age, the material they are made from and several other factors. If you have questions you can always ask the manufacturer or person who is going to do your install. 

Some people want to know where the best place is to use a shade sail. Well, there are several answers. You can use a sail in an amphitheater. As an outdoor gathering place, an amphitheater is a great place to provide protection form the sun with a shade sail. You can use them in enter-ways and exit-ways. Anywhere where someone is going to walk is a great place to put a few up. They have been using them in playgrounds and mall walkways to provide shade and add beauty too. You can never have too many of these sail shades. People love to look at they and walk and sit under them. Often they are placed in places where people are going to eat.

Another place that is often over looked is the parking area. People often get sun burn loading and unloading their cars. By using a few simple sun shades in the parking areas sunburn can be prevented and people can be protected. A sun sail makes people feel welcomed, so use as many as you need to.