During the summer, we all can appreciate a little fun in the sun but too much sun exposure can be a danger to our health.
The sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you are not properly protected from UV rays, you could suffer the consequences of skin cancer.
Anytime your skin experiences too much sun exposure, your skin ages faster. You can identify when you have had too much sun exposure by the amount of wrinkles and moles developing on your skin.
How can you protect yourself from skin cancer?
The answer is to find ways to stay out of the sun.
The sun peaks between the hours of 12pm-2pm. You should reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors during peak hours.
To be pro-active about your skin protection, you should:
-Wear a hat to cover your head
-Cover your skin as best as possible
-Wear sunscreen to reduce your chances of sun burn and skin cancer
-And have an awning installed for your home.
How can awnings protect you from skin cancer?
To put it simple, awnings can protect you from skin cancer by providing you more shaded outdoors areas on your home property.
When you don’t have to worry about UV rays as much, you can truly relax and enjoy your outdoor living spaces. Eat out on your patio. Take a nap. Read your favorite books or listen to your favorite music without the harm of sun exposure.
Residential awnings can block up to 98% of UV rays from the sun.
Awnings can also help you keep your outdoors areas cooler because it prevents the sun from radiating off your walls and windows. This will not only help your outdoors areas stay cooler but it will also reduce your energy bill costs.
Awnings and canopies can meet various design needs to satisfy any one or all of the following functional objectives: Energy Savings; Weather Protection (sun, rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind); Identification & Advertising; or Architectural Aesthetics.
Today’s modern fabrics are long-lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive products.
The benefits of awnings go far beyond aesthetic appeal. Awnings can enhance the look of your home or business by adding shape, dimension and color. Awnings save energy and protect furniture, floors and carpets from fading.
You actually can feel the energy-saving benefits. In a typical home, more energy is transferred through glass doors and windows that through any other construction element. In fact, on a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation (infrared light) through glass is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the load on an air conditioner. Properly designed awnings can substantially increase energy saved over film and tinted glass alternatives. Studies by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers show that during the period of the day when the sun shines directly on southern-facing windows, a fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is 72 to 77 percent.
These systems afford protection from the sun, rain, snow, sleet and hail. In certain configurations, they can also protect from wind.
Identification & Advertising
Applying graphics directly to awning fabrics provides identification and/or advertisement without the need for “add-on” sign structures.
Creative designers and architects can develop useful and intriguing designs for modern awning and canopy systems that incorporate shape, light, color, texture, graphics and structure, at modest cost. Most awning frames are custom made by cutting, bending and welding metal tubing, and fitting the fabric to the frame. With these custom methods, almost any shape and size can be attained and covered with awning fabric. Hence, the same surface can serve at least three necessary functions: weather protection, identification and architecture.
What is an Awning?
An architectural fabric projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is wholly supported by the building to which it is attached. An awning is comprised of a lightweight, frame structure over which a cover is attached.
What is a Canopy?
An architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is supported by the building to which it is attached and at the outer end by not less than one stanchion. A canopy is comprised of a lightweight frame structure over which a cover is attached.