Outdoor Shades' Advantages Over
Other Outdoor Cooling Solutions

shifting shade of a white patio umbrella

The sun is a source of life. Long summer days give us a sense of relaxation, energy, and even joy. The sun's rays provide our bodies with vitamin D. But sunburn, skin cancer, heat illnesses, accidents, crime and irritability can all be linked to heat and / or sun exposure. The solution is to avoid direct sunlight and restrict sun exposure.

Outdoor shades are among the simplest and least expensive outdoor cooling methods available. They not only cool off an area but are one of the very best protections against ultraviolet radiation. Outdoor shades can also block glare and dust and provide privacy while allowing for cooling breezes. What's more, surfaces that are shaded from the hot sun in the daytime collect less heat, so can be cooler when the shade is no longer on them. Outdoor shades can also work together with other outdoor cooling methods, such as outdoor fans, misting systems, and outdoor air conditioners, to provide the very best in safety and comfort.

Outdoor shades can actually cool the INTERIOR of the building they are attached to! When you use outdoor shades for areas next to your home or office, some of their shade will fall onto the walls of your building. This shade can actually cool down the interior of that building. This is because the sun's rays are blocked by the shade structure before they have a chance to enter the building and convert to heat, making outdoor shades more energy efficient than indoor shades. This can make the interior cooler and can also save tremendously on cooling costs.

Shade can be a bit tricky, though.

It moves!

Shade from the same object will bathe one area in the morning and a different area in the afternoon. It will also shift from season to season. The amount of protection varies with the angle of the sun in relation to where you are. The shade cast may not always be directly beneath the shade structure. In fact, at certain times of the day or year, the shade may be completely outside the structure, providing no protection at all directly under that very structure. They key is to plan in advance where your outdoor shade structure should go so its shade will fall where you need it when you need it.

3 Steps to Planning Your Shade

1. understand the shifting shade.
2. understand your area and your shade needs.
These first two steps work together to help you develop:
3. a personalized shade solution, perfect for YOU. This is the fun part! Now that you know what you need, it's time to pick it out, purchase it and put it up.

Explore our pages on shade structures and shade materials to find a great outdoor shade solution. We'll soon be adding respected retailers so once you find your solution you can order it right away.

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