Shade is a valuable means of protection from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, and not all shade is equally protective. People can spend long hours in the shade while still receiving quite a lot of sun exposure and risking skin damage. This is because UVB rays, often considered the most harmful part of sunlight, can reach the skin indirectly.
Sunbrella fabrics, our fabric brand of choice, has been awarded the "Seal of Recommendation" by the Skin Cancer Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer. The Seal signifies that Sunbrella fabrics have passed the Foundation's rigorous testing criteria and offer significant levels of sun protection.
"Consumers have long selected awnings, market umbrellas and boat tops made from Sunbrella fabrics because of the sun protection that they provide", said Harry Gobble, director of marketing for Glen Raven. "With the Foundation's Seal of Recommendation, these consumers are now assured that an independent organization has documented the level of sun protection provided by products using our fabrics."