Here at PCMG Umbrellas we are serious about providing the best sun protection possible. It’s a well-known and documented fact that Australians have the highest level of skin cancer in the world.
This is easily preventable by using some form of shade protection while still enjoying the great Australian outdoors.
While humans can choose various courses of protection, for instance-avoiding noon-time sun; plants and animals are not so fortunate.
UV radiation levels are highest during the middle of the day. In total, almost half the daytime total UV radiation is received during the few hours around midday (noon). Clouds as well as ozone, have a tremendous effect on UV radiation levels. However cloudy skies generally do not offer significant protection from harmful UV rays.
Dangerous Ultra Violet rays are invisible, and can attack the skin of young children and pets (including fish) in just 10 minutes in high exposure times. UV rays can easily create a deadly sun cancer spot.
What The Experts Say
Experts agree that the most common cause of skin cancer is Ultra Violet Radiation. Although the Australian sun burns with intense heat, it is the invisible UV rays that can burn a person and cause damage to unprotected fair skin within a short time of 15 minutes.
UPF is the term for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and it represents a specific scale or rating that the UV protection provides by various materials.
Sunscreens have always carried the SPF identification code, and the term UPF was selected to distinguish it from the SPF screening code. The higher the UPF rating, the more effective and longer the protection against UVR will be.
PCMG Shade Umbrellas proudly supply and recommend a commercial grade of shade cloth material capable of blocking out and screening up to 99% of UV Radiation including 97% shade rating with a limited 10 year manufacturers guarantee against any deterioration in UV. We have a good range of umbrellas available that can help you find a shade solution for residential or commercial use.
The higher the UPF rating of any quality shade cloth material will result in longer protection against UV Radiation. Any umbrella cloth with a UPF rating of 15 will allow just one fifteenth of the UV Radiation to penetrate through it; as a UPF rating of 20 for example will only allow just one twentieth of the UV Radiation to penetrate through the cloth weave.