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Shade Structures: Types and Uses

Basking under the sun can give your body tons of vitamin D to help you stay healthy. But be careful; too much exposure can do more harm than good. To provide outdoor protection from the weather, shade structures provide shelter, whether from the glare of the sun or as a refuge from the rain. Over the years, aside from protecting people from the harsh ultraviolet rays from the sun, shade structures have also become an aesthetic component for various commercial and other outdoor areas.

Shade structures come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials. One of the most popular shades uses canvas to provide a temporary fabric structure. The fabric is hardwearing and available in a variety of colours and designs, and therefore appropriate for both residential and commercial property.

Various types and uses of shade structures:

Construction shades

People working in the construction industry are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Temporary fabric structures are a frequently used option to provide a degree of protection for both workers and plant. The fabrics are durable, providing protection not only from the sun, but can provide a shield from dust and falling objects.   


pergola is often used in gardens to provide extra shade. The fabric shades are easily installed and provide shade and add a little of creativity to your garden.


Canopies are a staple in bigger commercial establishments and residential properties. They provide an effective shade for areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, such as thoroughfares and meeting points. Canopies come in foldable and rigid designs and often incorporate tensile fabric for increased flexibility and adaptability.

Outdoor Tents

Outdoor tents for concerts, events, and other occasions can easily be built with fabric structure materials. Aside from easy installation, they are also easily disassembled and maintained making it a popular choice for events organisers.

Having the right shade structure is like hitting two birds with one stone. It can help protect people and equipment while at the same time keeping a professional, aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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