Fabric shade structures have become a popular option for providing shade while working or playing in place of more “conventional” options, such as canvas, wood, or steel structures. Fabric shades are eye catching, unique and dramatic, which partly adds to the allure of these structures. They are a sustainable, durable solution that requires less material than alternative options. We’ve put together a quick look at just a few of the benefits of custom fabric shade structures:
Reduces Risk of Skin Cancer: The major benefit that a fabric shade structure provides is that it protects people from the harmful ultra violet rays that cases skin cancer. Exposure to prolonged ultra violet rays and sunburns, especially during childhood, increases the risk of melanoma and skin cancer. If left untreated this can lead to serious health problems. Prolonged exposure to sun rays also makes the skin become thick, leathery and wrinkled. Researchers also found out that cataracts are related to exposure of sun rays, so staying under some shade has quite a few health benefits.
Safe Shade: Fabric shade structures are a better option than wood or metal shades, as they are porous. They allow air to escape, which keeps the area underneath cooler and more comfortable. High density polythene fabrics blocks out over 95% of harmful ultra violet rays. It allows cool air to circulate unlike other materials that trap heat.
Durable: When a fabric shade structure is well designed, the life span can range from 10 to 25 years or more. They are highly weather resistant and can be used in extreme weather conditions. They can be designed to weather rain, wind, or snow as required by the climate of the region.
Environmentally Friendly: Fabric shade structures require less raw materials to construct, which results in lower production footprint. They also require less energy to transport due to their lighter weight.
Increase Revenue: Areas covered by permanent fabric shade structures can also be rented out in areas such as parks for office events, birthday parties, anniversaries and more, which can generate additional revenue.
Increases Community Value: An ordinary space can be transformed into a trendy or classy outdoor area with the right use of shading. The aesthetic appeal increases the value of the community, and can be an attraction for commercial investment and tourists. They’re a great way to add comfort to a park or outdoor exhibit, while also serving as an aesthetically pleasing addition.
The above are just a few examples of benefits of fabric shade structures. They are great for regulating temperatures when outside, no matter what activities are going on–from working on a construction project, to playing in a park, to keeping parked cars cool, or even keeping livestock healthy & happy (see our blog post about custom shade structures for cattle). If you’re looking at shade structure options, be sure to contact us to discuss your needs–we’d love to help!