Sun Protection

Awnings Offer More Than Shade

Published: Spring 2020 | Best of Burlington | Page 45

Awnings have many uses, such as providing shade on a sunny day, reducing home cooling costs, and enhancing your home’s curb appeal. In addition to these great benefits, awnings also provide a refuge from the heat while blocking some of the sun’s harmful rays. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and shading from an awning can provide a path for prevention.

With over three million Americans developing skin cancer each year, sun protection has become very important. In addition to the daily use of SPF sunscreen, proper clothing, sunglasses, and hats, awnings help protect you from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that can lead to skin cancer. Did you realize that awnings are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer? The residential awnings of Otter Creek Awnings are made with Sunbrella fabric, which is a solution-dyed acrylic product. Sunbrella fabric is a recognizable brand here in the United States and has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 30 and has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval as a method of prevention of harmful UV rays affecting your skin.

Not only does Sunbrella fabric have a UPF rating, it is mold, mildew, and fade resistant. It’s also available in hundreds of colors and patterns. Prior to shopping for outdoor shading options, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website ( to see which fabric manufacturers have made the list for UPF rated fabrics. Not all outdoor shading fabrics are the same or make the list.  The staff at Otter Creek Awnings is happy to help you find the right shading solution for your home that is both stylish and functional while helping to keep your skin safe from the sun.