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Ask any New Zealander to paint a picture of summer and they’ll tell a story of BBQs, beaches and swimming. But the picture is unlikely to reveal New Zealand suffers from the highest incidence of skin cancer in the whole world. In fact, 90 per cent of all skin cancer cases in New Zealand are due to excessive sun exposure.

The positive spin-off from this is that we have the ability to prevent sun damage simply by staying in the shade and avoiding those UV rays.

Fortunately, sunshade design for outdoor spaces has come along in leaps and bounds. The materials now used in high quality umbrella canopies are resistant to severe weather conditions.

Additionally, while they provide excellent protection from the elements, Shade7's managing director Michael Pearce says umbrella canopies also contribute to the overall design of people’s outdoor spaces.

Ask any New Zealander to paint a picture of summer and they’ll tell a story of BBQs, beaches and swimming. But the picture is unlikely to reveal New Zealand suffers from the highest incidence of skin cancer in the whole world. In fact, 90 per cent of all skin cancer cases in New Zealand are due to excessive sun exposure.

The positive spin-off from this is that we have the ability to prevent sun damage simply by staying in the shade and avoiding those UV rays.

Fortunately, sunshade design for outdoor spaces has come along in leaps and bounds. The materials now used in high quality umbrella canopies are resistant to severe weather conditions.

Additionally, while they provide excellent protection from the elements, Shade7's managing director Michael Pearce says umbrella canopies also contribute to the overall design of people’s outdoor spaces.

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“When we created our outdoor umbrellas we wanted people to be able to experience resort quality umbrellas right in their own homes. The vision was for our customers to come home, relax and feel like they are on holiday in their own backyard. So, we designed something elegant yet strong, that would meet the needs of both residential homes and commercial environments,” says Michael.

Interestingly, Shade7’s umbrellas have been tested in actual resort environments where UV rays are the least of their problems. The company has supplied umbrellas to various resorts including the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort, Sheraton Fiji Resort and Fiji Marriott Resort in Momi Bay.

“When we created our outdoor umbrellas we wanted people to be able to experience resort quality umbrellas right in their own homes. The vision was for our customers to come home, relax and feel like they are on holiday in their own backyard. So, we designed something elegant yet strong, that would meet the needs of both residential homes and commercial environments,” says Michael.

Interestingly, Shade7’s umbrellas have been tested in actual resort environments where UV rays are the least of their problems. The company has supplied umbrellas to various resorts including the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort, Sheraton Fiji Resort and Fiji Marriott Resort in Momi Bay.

In these locations, the weather means harsh conditions, frequent high winds and tropical rainfall too, but the combination of marine grade fabric and marine grade structural materials mean the umbrella canopies stand up to nature’s forces.

In particular, Shade7’s Riviera and Monaco models stand up to between a 30 and 70 kph wind rating (depending on the size and shape of umbrella and whether it is installed or sits on a freestanding base), making them ideal for high wind zones.

An additional Canopy Stabiliser Upgrade Kit can also be used to hold the cantilever canopy in place in particularly windy areas.

In these locations, the weather means harsh conditions, frequent high winds and tropical rainfall too, but the combination of marine grade fabric and marine grade structural materials mean the umbrella canopies stand up to nature’s forces.

In particular, Shade7’s Riviera and Monaco models stand up to between a 30 and 70 kph wind rating (depending on the size and shape of umbrella and whether it is installed or sits on a freestanding base), making them ideal for high wind zones.

An additional Canopy Stabiliser Upgrade Kit can also be used to hold the cantilever canopy in place in particularly windy areas.

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Know your fabric

When it comes to coastal locations, it’s equally crucial to opt for shade fabric that is suitable for that environment – in New Zealand this means it has to be fade resistant, UV resistant and, resistant for our salty and changeable conditions.

Michael says Shade7's umbrella canopies were developed expressly to address the concerns of New Zealand’s coastal environment.

“The finest solution-dyed acrylic canvas manufactured by S.A. Recasens in Spain is used on all our umbrellas,” he says. “They also have the highest possible rating of UPF 80, cutting out the maximum amount of harmful UV light for excellent sun protection.”

Shade7 are so sure of the product that the premium marine-grade outdoor umbrella fabric comes with a seven year residential warranty; it also has the best available colour fastness rating of seven to eight out of eight.

Ask for marine grade

But the fabric is only half the answer to the longevity of an umbrella in an outdoor space, because if the componentry is made from inferior materials, the umbrella will lose its looks even before it begins to fail in the harsh weather conditions.

For this reason, Shade7 uses only marine grade materials and components throughout their umbrellas – these materials are designed to last out at sea and won’t rust. Because of the reliability of these materials, they also offer a five-year warranty on the frame.

Do you need consent?

Outdoor fixed shade structures can require a building consent, which puts a beautiful resort-like backyard just that much further out of reach.

But if you go for a simple outdoor umbrella, you’ll capture that resort feel without the cost and hassle of a consent. Shade7 offers many exceptional designs including the Monaco with one pole/mast holding it up (therefore minimal interference on the floor area and views, creating a more open space); and the Riviera, which is a cantilevered option with a tilt and 360 degree rotate option that gives it more flexibility.

“We’ve seen some very creative installations of our cantilever umbrellas, allowing customers to maximise their shade options. Some have cleverly laid out their outdoor area in a way that allows the umbrella to rotate over their dining table or outdoor lounge, as well as their swimming pool or spa,” says Michael.

It’s something that needs to be considered when designing the ultimate outdoor space, because the type of umbrella will impact on how practical the shade is and how classic the design looks.

Fortunately colour-matching to your outdoor furniture, plants, tiles or pool is no longer an issue. Shade7 offers a wide variety of canopy colours for customers to choose from.

“Our most popular colours are the neutral tones ecru, charcoal and black. However people are getting more bold with their outdoor spaces and are starting to include bright colours, such as orange, yellow, navy and white stripes, royal blue and turquoise.”

With all these design options to play with, there’s no longer an excuse for putting off creating your dream resort in the backyard - least of all the risk of getting sunburnt.

 

Want to know more about creating stylish shade in your outdoor space? Be sure to visit Shade7 on ArchiPro today or visit their website to find a list of stockists.

Know your fabric

When it comes to coastal locations, it’s equally crucial to opt for shade fabric that is suitable for that environment – in New Zealand this means it has to be fade resistant, UV resistant and, resistant for our salty and changeable conditions.

Michael says Shade7's umbrella canopies were developed expressly to address the concerns of New Zealand’s coastal environment.

“The finest solution-dyed acrylic canvas manufactured by S.A. Recasens in Spain is used on all our umbrellas,” he says. “They also have the highest possible rating of UPF 80, cutting out the maximum amount of harmful UV light for excellent sun protection.”

Shade7 are so sure of the product that the premium marine-grade outdoor umbrella fabric comes with a seven year residential warranty; it also has the best available colour fastness rating of seven to eight out of eight.

Ask for marine grade

But the fabric is only half the answer to the longevity of an umbrella in an outdoor space, because if the componentry is made from inferior materials, the umbrella will lose its looks even before it begins to fail in the harsh weather conditions.

For this reason, Shade7 uses only marine grade materials and components throughout their umbrellas – these materials are designed to last out at sea and won’t rust. Because of the reliability of these materials, they also offer a five-year warranty on the frame.

Do you need consent?

Outdoor fixed shade structures can require a building consent, which puts a beautiful resort-like backyard just that much further out of reach.

But if you go for a simple outdoor umbrella, you’ll capture that resort feel without the cost and hassle of a consent. Shade7 offers many exceptional designs including the Monaco with one pole/mast holding it up (therefore minimal interference on the floor area and views, creating a more open space); and the Riviera, which is a cantilevered option with a tilt and 360 degree rotate option that gives it more flexibility.

“We’ve seen some very creative installations of our cantilever umbrellas, allowing customers to maximise their shade options. Some have cleverly laid out their outdoor area in a way that allows the umbrella to rotate over their dining table or outdoor lounge, as well as their swimming pool or spa,” says Michael.

It’s something that needs to be considered when designing the ultimate outdoor space, because the type of umbrella will impact on how practical the shade is and how classic the design looks.

Fortunately colour-matching to your outdoor furniture, plants, tiles or pool is no longer an issue. Shade7 offers a wide variety of canopy colours for customers to choose from.

“Our most popular colours are the neutral tones ecru, charcoal and black. However people are getting more bold with their outdoor spaces and are starting to include bright colours, such as orange, yellow, navy and white stripes, royal blue and turquoise.”

With all these design options to play with, there’s no longer an excuse for putting off creating your dream resort in the backyard - least of all the risk of getting sunburnt.

 

Want to know more about creating stylish shade in your outdoor space? Be sure to visit Shade7 on ArchiPro today or visit their website to find a list of stockists.

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