The season of summer is when the children and their friends come out of the house to play. Some children play in the yard area, like throwing or swatting at balls. Other children are fortunate to have a pool at home they can use for cooling off during the hottest days. All these activities suffer from one danger: the health risks of prolonged exposure to sun light.
In the short term, prolonged exposure to sunlight results in sun burn, characterized by painful peeling and tenderness of the skin. In the long term, prolonged and repeated exposure to the sun has been linked strongly to skin cancer. Both outcomes are undesirable especially in the sensitive skin of your kids.
One possible answer is to encourage kids to put on sun screen, wear wide-brim hats and long-sleeve tops. Most kids will bristle at these restrictions. The better answer may be to install home exterior shades. These shades are permanent and will always be there to protect the play space. Furthermore, exterior home shades help add value to the home.
Common indoor shades are bamboo roll up blinds for the window. There are basically three types of outdoor shades: the canopy, the awning, and the pergola. All three will be discussed here.
A canopy is a structure constructed like a tent. The archetypal layout is a large self-supported steel scaffold sheathed in a large section of shade fabric. The shade fabric almost always covers the roofing to block out direct sunlight but the walls are optional, a decision that hinges on whether a canopy owner would like to give up some privacy for good circulation. These can also be placed on an uncovered patio where it becomes known as a deck canopy.
Awnings are shades that are attached to a building, the place of installation frequently being at an entry point or wide window of a building. Residential awnings have seen a wave of inventive advancement in last few decades. One may obtain rectractable and sensor-driven awnings that are guided by remote control. The affordable awnings are configured with retraction mechanism in a hand-powered set-up, manipulated by a crank or lateral-arm set-up. High-end awnings are configured with motorized retraction.
A pergola is an unassuming wooden structure that is supported by four or more columns in a square configuration. Rather than hold up shade fabric, it holds wooden beams that supply incomplete shading and incomplete sunlight. Dwarf versions of pergolas can also be found. They are known by the term arbors, and are easier to put together but are not good for sheltering many people. Rather, they are appropriate for showing foot trails for people walking into a garden area.