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  • Folding Arm Awnings  Folding Canopies

    Folding Arm Awnings & Folding Canopies

    Folding arm canopies and awnings for homes can reduce your cooling costs while protecting your outdoor furniture from harmful UV rays.

  • Retractable Pergola Covers  Awnings

    Retractable Pergola Covers & Awnings

    Retractable pergola covers are best for residents in areas prone to heavy rain and high wind while also adding beauty and interest to your outdoor space.

  • Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable home drop arm awnings provide shelter for windows and doors. They are available in a multitude of color options to complement your personal style.

  • Retractable Patio Screens and Vertical Drop Awnings

    Retractable Patio Screens and Vertical Drop Awnings

    Retractable screens fit nicely in the spaces of gazebos and pergolas to provide your backyard with some extra privacy. Vertical screens can also be installed over windows.

  • Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable canopies add a little interest to the exterior of your home. They’re a great option if you want to add some UV protection to windows and doors.

  • Retractable Free Standing Awnings and Canopies

    Retractable Free Standing Awnings and Canopies

    Provide shelter to your patio or deck with retractable free standing awnings and canopies. They are easy to install and the louver roof option can handle snow load.

  • Retractable Lateral Arm Awnings

    Retractable Lateral Arm Awnings

    Retractable lateral arm awnings are commonly used for commercial decks and patios to provide protection from UV rays and light rain. They are installed to the wall, fascia, beam, roof, or an eave/soffit/overhang.

  • Retractable Pergola Roof Covers

    Retractable Pergola Roof Covers 

    Retractable pergola roof covers can be free-standing or installed on a building, patio or deck. These durable structures can handle heavy rain, high wind and are chosen for both practical and decorative purposes.

  • Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable side arm / drop arm commercial awnings protect windows and doors from the sun, rain, and other weather conditions. They are easily customizable with a large variety of fabric options.

  • Power Retractable Screens

    Power Retractable Screens

    Retractable vertical drop screens are flexible window awnings that can be retracted and rolled up into a cassette box. For privacy, you can install them inside or outside a rectangular or square opening, such as on the sides of pergolas and gazebos.

  • Retractable Canopies for Commercial Buildings

    Retractable Canopies for Commercial Buildings

    Retractable canopies protect areas from sun, UV rays, light rain, and light wind. They are available in a variety of colors for coordinating with your business’s color scheme or logo.

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Here A Quick Look at Awnings, Ultraviolet Radiation, and Skin Cancer

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is just outside the visible light spectrum (just below violet in the rainbow) and occurs naturally with sunshine. There are two wavelengths of UV radiation, called UVA and UV-B. When you get a sunburn, it is because UV radiation has penetrated beneath the surface of your skin and caused minor damage. UVA penetrates even deeper than UVB, going past the dermis (all of the top skin and surface blood vessels) and to the subcutaneous picture.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. This is true both for the total number cases (about 5.4 million) and the total number of patients (3.3 million). There are more skin cancer survivors than all other cancers combined.

Skin cancer isn’t just common statistically  it is common enough that you probably know people who have already been diagnosed and treated with some form of it. Half of everyone over the age of 65 will get some form of skin cancer, but the effects are cumulative, from years of sun exposure.

There are some common risk factors for skin cancer:

  • Extended exposure to sunlight

  • Using tanning beds

  • Having severe sunburns

  • Having a compromised immune system (such as cancer or organ transplants)

 Although skin cancer deaths overall have jumped almost 20% since 2009, men are increasingly facing more melanoma diagnoses and deaths than other groups.

The thing about skin cancer is that it is almost entirely preventable. Almost 90% of cases are caused by excessive sun exposure. In fact, more people develop skin cancer from tanning than those who get lung cancer from smoking.

Most people have learned to limit their direct sun exposure  but it may not be as effective as you think. SPF 15 sunscreens only reduce the cancer risk by 40-50%, and sunscreens wear off and lose their effectiveness in about two hours. (And depending on the type, not all are as effective of blocking both UVA and UVB rays.)

For outdoor areas, and even for indoor seating areas with large windows, there is a way to provide much more effective protection, and that’s with retractable awnings. Back in 2005, Sunbrella fabrics were given a Seal of Recommendation by the Skin Cancer Foundation based on a series of lab tests that proved that their solution-dyed acrylic fabrics blocked up to 98% of UV rays.

For blocking UV rays, the Skin Cancer Foundation has a couple of recommendations on what is most effective:

  • Go dark. Darker colors are more effective at blocking UV rays.

  • Tighter weaves are better. The tighter the weave, the more effective they are at blocking UV rays. The solution-dyed acrylic fabrics we sell here are all tight weaves, but there are some alternative fabric types, like, PVC mesh fabrics, which may not be as effective because they allow more light through. For absolute protection, we even offer blackout fabrics.


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