Will Retractable Awnings Guard Against Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Foundation

When you spend a lot of time sitting out in your yard it is very important to have skin protection. Beyond the topical skin treatments like sun blocks if you are going to stay out in the sun for several hours a retractable awning can protect you from harmful sun rays.

When you are picking out a retractable awning, look for one that has received the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation . The reason this is important is so that you know that you have the added protection when you are out in the yard. In order to receive this Seal of Recommendation each company must prove that their product helps in the prevention of sun-induced skin damage. Each product must:

  • Have an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Test the SPF number on 20 people
  • Test for phototoxic reactions and irritations from contact
  • Show a substantiation of how their sunscreen is water or sweat resistant

When the Skin Cancer Foundation decides that a manufacturer meets these requirements they award them a Seal of Recommendation to put directly on their products. This insures the purchaser that they will be protected from harmful sun rays and shows that the company is conscientious about this challenge.

Although you are not thinking about skin cancer when you are out in your yard enjoying the sun and the breeze from the day, it is something to consider because it is so prevalent. In fact, it is the most common form of cancer today. This is why there is so much emphasis on using sunscreen of PF 15 or above to make sure that you cut down the amount of sun that your skin takes in.

When you are shopping for retractable awnings it is important to check the fabric to make sure it has this Seal of Recommendation. There are many companies that show the seal because they were very willing to go through the process. We should take advantage of these manufacturers to encourage them to continue providing quality products.

Beyond a protection for sun cancer, retractable awnings can change the way your home looks. As an example, the look of a patio can change when you add a retractable patio awning. This is a very stylized way of creating the look of your house to meet with the rest of the environment. You can choose awning fabric that matches the garden and fits into it as though it was always a part of it.

Retractable awnings are also good because you can get as much as shade as you want but retract them when you are not using them. They can attach to your roof or they can also attach to the house. They are easy to use. If you have a side of the house that gets more sun you might consider putting the awning on that side of the house if it is practical. This way you will cool that side about 20 degrees.

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