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Awning Shading Benefits

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Awning Shading Benefits

Most of us come to Spain for the Sun. The light we get here is a great source of Vitamin D and who doesn’t feel better on a sunny day? However, the glare from the sun, direct or reflected off surfaces, and the damage caused by ultraviolet light can cause health problems, both with our skin and our eyes.

For this reason, a Sun Awning can be a real benefit. Giving needed shade on the hottest and brightest summer days. Allowing us a cooler more comfortable area in which to enjoy the sun and relax.

However, many people assume that areas of skin covered by shade or by textiles are protected from UV rays. But depending on it’s construction and class, fabrics may let in the UV rays, failing to offer any protection.

To illustrate, most people know nowadays that cheap sunglasses are worse for you than no sunglasses at all, because they offer no protection. But they cause the retina to enlarge, because of the darkness of the glass and thus take in more harmful rays. This gives the wearer a false feeling of safety.

Likewise, some fabrics make you feel comfortable, thinking you are out of the suns rays. However, the likely hood is because of this you will sit outside longer, and the UV rays will still get to your skin, potentially causing more damage.

All legitimate sun protection fabrics now have a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) classification so you can see how much protection each material gives. Unlike SPF sun creams etc (sun protection factor) that only measures UVB, the UPF measures both UVA & UVB. For example, a fabric rated UPF 30 means that if 30 units of UV fall on the fabric, 29 units will be reflected and 1 will pass through.

Therefore the fabric would be blocking 96.7% UV. Most fabrics go from 97.5% protection upwards. Of course the material doesn’t just reduce the amount of UV light. Heat is reduced as well, depending on the colour of fabric, up to 80% of heat is dispersed. reflection Logically, if this heat never gets to the home, then the temperature inside will be cooler as well.

This means lower air conditioning requirements thus significantly lowering energy bills – making the awning payback your investment. (Awnings can reduce indoor temperatures as much as 15 degrees and reduce glare and sunlight as much as 94 percent.)

And because the awning reduces the ultraviolet light transmission in to the home, it will reduce the affect of sun bleaching and damage on furniture etc. For further information, you may find the following links helpful:

http://www.who.int/uv/uv_and_health/en/

http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/observacion/radiacion/ultravioleta

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/vitamin-D-sunlight.aspx