Thursday, January 7, 2010

Patio Shade Structures & Patio Canopy

Why does a playground need a shade?
About 80 percent of a person's total lifetime UV exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life. Without some type of playground shade structure, a child is going to get sunburned. It only takes 10 minutes for this to happen. One blistering sunburn, prior to 18 years of age, can double the risk of a child eventually developing melanoma.

Without consistent playground shade covers, approximately 25 percent of all children who are under 6 years of age, and approximately half of all children who are under 13 years of age, will be sunburned to the point of blistering. Tragically, these statistics currently result in approximately 1 out of every 5 children in the United States growing up to suffer from (and often die) from some form of skin cancer later in life.

We have heavy cloud cover in our part of the country. Don’t the clouds block UV light?
No. 80 percent of UV radiation still reaches the ground. Keep in mind that only a fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum is visible to the human eye. Even on what appears to be a very dark day, the sun is still there, above the clouds, and UV light is still coming down on us. Patio shade structures prevent this kind of UV exposure.

What benefits do Easy Rack playground shades offer schools and parks?
Outdoor play areas are cooled down and protected from up to 95 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet light. This so drastically improves safety for school children that it directly contributes to the educational cycle, because with fewer painful sunburns, there will be fewer trips to the nurse for treatment. Also, severe cases of sunburn that often result in kids being sent home will be prevented.

Won’t these structures make our playground look odd or unattractive?
No. Easy Rack playground fabric sun shade structures are designed with aesthetics in mind. We can provide you with any number of styles, sizes, and colors that will compliment your school or park facility.

Can any other type of business use these structures?
Yes. Hospitals and outdoor athletic facilities also use playground sun canopies. Many hospital patients actually need to go outside for fresh air, provided they are stable enough to walk and travel to and from their beds with doctor supervision.

However, these people DO NOT need to get sunburned on top of whatever else put them in the hospital! Consider a hip n ridge shade structure to prevent this from happening.

Athletic facilities rely on playground shades to protect players and fans. The decorative nature of their design contributes the sense of festivity and ball in play.

Do you have playground shades for specialty parks and other public areas?
Easy Rack offers both standard and custom designs to specifically accommodate a number of very special activity centers. Municipalities use our playground double shade sail covers to protect their amusement parks, water parks, and zoos. Any area around water will have a higher incidence of sunburn due to water’s reflective capability, and zoo animals suffer just as much as humans do because UV radiation breaks down ANY type of animal cell—not just human.

What features, advantages, and benefits do playground shades by Easy Rack offer
  • Maintenance free
  • Reliable, permanent structures
  • All sorts of colors and sizes to choose from
  • Powder coated steel frames
  • Made in the USA
  • Comprehensive warranty
  • Able to withstand winds of up to 80 mph
Easy Rack carries a wide variety of commercial shelving, material handling equipment, commercial lighting, new and used gondola shelving, used pallet racks, and modular prefab buildings installed nationwide.

Contact us toll free at 1-888-776-3720. Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including Washington DC, Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee, Las Vegas, Nevada. Portland, Oregon, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Tucson, Arizona, Long Beach, California, Atlanta, Georgia, Fresno, California, Sacramento, CA, Corpus Christi, TX, Plano, Texas, Garland, TX, Laredo, Texas, Lubbock, TX, Jersey City, NJ Newark, New Jersey.

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