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Permanent Shade Structure
Permanent Shade Structure

Permanent Shade

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Shade structures, such as porches, ramadas, shade cloth and umbrellas, can provide year-round protection. Choose structures that use solid wood or metal roofing or shade cloth roofing that screens out at least 95 percent of the ultraviolet radiation or is labeled with a UPF of 15 or greater. UPF refers to the cloth's ability to block out the sun’s rays. Also, use materials that are guaranteed not to rot in the sun, tear, or crack for several years.

Schools can also receive grant funding through The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program. This grant awards $8,000 each for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety. Click here for more information.

Looking to purchase shade devices? Click here for a list of companies that sell these items.

Have more questions about shade? Check out Skin Cancer 101 - Shade.

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