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An awning or canopy can provide the perfect solution to many outdoor dilemmas, from creating shade and shelter, to saving energy and even adding value to your home.

Here at Fresh Outdoor, we have a huge array of custom-made awning to suit a variety of functional and aesthetic requirements, and because they are of the highest quality you can be sure they offer a whole selection of benefits you might not have considered. Today, let’s talk about the most significant reason why you should have a bespoke awning – sun protection.


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Heat wave become a large threat to our health

Summer is upon us, and with it comes an intense heatwave, which means higher home cooling expenditures. To beat the heat, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioner or sit in front of the nearest fan but doing so might be expensive in the long run. Instead of hiding from the heat, installing patio awnings can help you cool off.

Sunburn develops after prolonged, unprotected sun exposure. Tender skin, headaches, blisters, fever, and nausea are all possible symptoms. After several days of unprotected sun exposure mixed with a lack of water, heat exhaustion can result. The body loses too much water and is unable to regulate its temperature. It can progress to heatstroke, which can be fatal if not addressed.

Skin cancer, melanoma, wrinkles, and prematurely aged skin are some of the long-term adverse effects of too much sun. Taking preventative measures to secure your skin against the sun’s ultraviolet rays is an investment in your future. Take it from us; these are things you want you and your family to avoid.

You can take steps to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure. Sunscreen is essential and should be worn whenever you go outside. Installing, for example, a awning around your home is an excellent method to safeguard your family.

Skin cancer is so frequent that you undoubtedly know someone who has been diagnosed and treated for it. Skin cancer affects half of all people over the age of 65, but the consequences of years of sun exposure are cumulative.

Even though total skin cancer mortality has increased by nearly 20% since 2009, males are now diagnosed with and die from melanoma at a higher rate than other demographics. The good news is that skin cancer is nearly avoidable. Excessive sun exposure is responsible for about 90% of instances. Those who tan acquire skin cancer at a higher rate than those who smoke develop lung cancer.

Customised retractable awnings create far more sufficient protection from the sun for outdoor spaces.
The Skin Cancer Foundation awarded Sunbrella textiles a Seal of Recommendation in 2005 after a series of lab tests showed that its solution-dyed acrylic fabrics protected up to 98 percent of UV radiation. When shopping for an awning, you can’t go wrong with anything that comes partnered with a Sunbrella fabric.
The protection is also needed for your pets

It’s crucial to remember that you can’t just spray sunscreen on your pet since some sunscreens designed for people might make them sick. Zinc oxide sunscreens, for example, are harmful to dogs and can induce anemia. Salicylates in sunscreen should also be avoided since they might cause redness and irritation on your pets’ skin. Check with your veterinarian or look for sunscreens manufactured for pets to ensure you’re using safe sunscreen.

Products like sunscreen are great, but nothing beats good old-fashioned shade when it comes to protecting your pets. Awnings produce shade cost-effectively and efficiently. Awnings give UV protection from the sun’s rays, and the shelter of an awning may feel up to 15 degrees cooler. Humans and animals may avoid sunburn, skin damage, and heatstroke by blocking those scorching rays and providing a more relaxed resting spot. Awnings also give additional comfort and allow you and your pets to spend more time outside.

Custom-made awning

Protecting your high-valued property cannot be neglected

When it comes to outdoor furniture, you could opt for any number of protectant sprays and sealers to help weatherproof your property. You could also go in for some customised protective covers to drape over your furniture, but this is often a hassle to deal with when you want to use your backyard. Some people who purchase covers report a decreased use of their yard because of the extra hassle involved with covering and storing these when in use.

A comprehensive solution for protecting your furniture, grills, or other backyard features is an awning. Retractable or stationary, an awning can do the job of a cover with no effort or upkeep. Maintaining a good amount of shade over outdoor living space is essential not just for the health of your furnishings but also for your comfort. Pergolas and other shade structures offer an enclosed environment that allows fans, TVs, and other accessories to create an outdoor living room. A retractable awning attached to the above structure will enable you to select how much sun or shade you want on a bright day. On a rainy day, retractable awning will also protect your outdoor living space and its accessories.

Custom-made awnings can handle these risks

While you can find quality standard-sized awnings, the final product will always look better if you have a bespoke awning built for your specific space and needs. Awnings provide shade and protection from inclement weather to all types of outdoor areas. You can customize awnings for all kinds of spaces, such as room enclosures, carports, poolside cabanas, extended balcony covers, decks, island barbeque covers, entrances, restaurants, and many more.

Some people don’t know that awnings are not just meant for use in the backyard, and they do more than shade people from mother nature. When strategically placed around your home and property, awnings can have several beneficial effects. Awnings can lower the indoor temperature of your home by about 15 to 20 degrees! That is huge in terms of energy savings. If you do the math, the reduction in energy cost will pay for your awning in roughly three to five years. That is a solid short-term investment for long-term benefits.