Tim Webster speaks to Andy McLeod founder of Shade Australia to discover what the benefits are of a shade umbrella and why it's so important coming into summer.
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We all know how important it is to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV Radiation. Many people are still a little confused about the different ratings for sunscreens and fabrics. Here is a brief explanation about the difference between SPF and UPF.
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer. The higher the SPF factor, the higher the protection it will give.
SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays
UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor is a measure of how well a fabric will pr
The true value of shadecloth is measured by the amount of Ultraviolet Radiation Protection (UVR) it provides. To measure this, a special scale has been developed called the Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF. UPF is used to rate materials and is directly comparable to SPF which is used to rate sunscreens.
A cloth rated UPF15 will provide 15 times the skins natural protection to Ultraviolet Radiation. In practical terms this means a person who on a hot summers day receives their daily recommended dose of UVR in 10 minutes could, by being directly under a shadecloth sail rated at UPF15 have 15 x 10 minutes or 150 minutes protection.
Selecting the right type of shadecloth
The “Hurricane” by Bambrella® represents the finest range of umbrellas available anywhere in the world. Engineered in the United Kingdom to the very highest standards, this superb range of umbrellas will meet the requirements of the most discerning customer.
The umbrella itself has been designed specifically for commercial operators such as resorts, restaurants and hotels however the umbrella would also suit customers looking for a high-end and beautifully refined umbrella for their home.
A Registered Design on the interlocking profile system makes these umbrellas one of the strongest available. Fittings are stainless steel and anodised aluminium. Features which stand out include the Mirror Trims on the undersi