4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Shade Structure

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Choosing the right awning, pergola, or umbrella for your outdoor space can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! It can be tempting to try to skimp on price, but by investing in pieces that last, you won’t have to worry about having to update expensive pieces season after season. Here are four things to consider when it’s time to upgrade your outdoor shade structure: 

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Automation

Motorized awnings really can’t be beat in terms of convenience. When you need shade or protection from the elements, all you need to do is press a button for quick relief. You can create a custom awning from Eclipse to meet your design goals. In some cases, you can even add dimming LED lights to turn your patio into an evening oasis! We love this Platinum awning from Sunsetter. 

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SPF 

Choosing a shade structure like an umbrella or awning can increase your protection against UVA and UVB rays, which is an especially important factor to consider if your family includes little ones or other folks that may be more vulnerable. When you choose Sunbrella fabrics for your shade structures, you can rest easy knowing that our fibers are saturated to the core with UV stabilized pigments, ensuring our fabrics don’t become damaged due to the sun’s harsh rays, providing you with extra protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends certain Sunbrella fabrics in shading products as part of a complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen, to aid in preventing sun-induced skin damage 

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Performance 

Choosing Sunbrella for your shade structures means making a long-lasting investment in your awning or pergola. Our performance is protected with a 10-year warranty; simply put, we stand behind our performance claims. Thanks to additional UV protection, our fabrics won’t fade or become damaged due to the sun’s harsh rays or normal wear. Our fabrics are also engineered with built-in stain and moisture resistance, providing a protective finish that will keep the fabric looking great. Brands like Rainier use Sunbrella fabrics to provide excellent performance with unbeatable style. 

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Your Space  

Consider the space you would like to cover. If you want to extend your living area into the great outdoors, consider a retractable awning. A modifiable awning allows versatility in your space design. And don’t forget about your windows! Window awnings are a great way to reduce energy costs and eliminate glare indoors without compromising your view. When you’re ready to purchase, visit our Where to Buy page to find a fabricator near you. 

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