The Science of Shade: How ERS Exterior Shading Blocks Harmful UV Rays

October 9, 2023
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At European Rolling Shutters (ERS), we’re passionate about outdoor living and creating comfortable and protected spaces. One of the critical elements in achieving this is providing effective shade solutions. While shade is often associated with a cool and comfortable environment, it’s also crucial in safeguarding our health from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the science of shade and how ERS exterior shading products work to block these harmful UV rays, ensuring your outdoor space remains a safe and enjoyable haven.

Understanding the Types of UV Rays

Before we explore how our shading solutions effectively block UV rays, we must understand what these rays are and why they can be harmful. UV rays are a type of radiation emitted by the sun. While they are essential for various biological processes, such as vitamin D production, excessive exposure to UV rays can adversely affect our health.

There are three types of UV rays:

UVA (Ultraviolet A): UVA rays are associated with skin aging and are the predominant tanning rays. These rays get deeper into your skin and contribute to premature aging, including wrinkles and age spots.

UVB (Ultraviolet B): UVB rays are primarily responsible for sunburn. They can damage the skin’s superficial layers and contribute to skin cancer development.

UVC (Ultraviolet C): UVC rays are the most dangerous. Luckily, they are absorbed by the Earth’s ozone layer and do not reach the surface.

The Role of Exterior Shading

ERS hopes to provide protection against the harmful effects of UV rays through our custom shading solutions. Here’s how our shading products work:

1. Blocking UV Radiation

Our exterior shading products, such as retractable awnings and rolling shutters, are crafted from advanced materials specifically engineered to block UV radiation. By installing ERS shading solutions, you create a barrier between your outdoor space and the sun’s harmful rays. This keeps you and your patio cool!

Whether you’re lounging on your patio, enjoying a meal with loved ones, or simply basking in the beauty of your outdoor space, ERS shading solutions provide a safer environment. By significantly reducing UV exposure, you can spend more time outdoors without worrying as much about sunburn or long-term skin damage.

2. Preserving Your Outdoor Assets

UV rays don’t just affect your health; they can also damage your outdoor furniture, décor, and landscaping. ERS shading solutions act as a shield, preserving your outdoor assets’ vibrant colors and quality. This ensures that your outdoor space remains inviting and aesthetically pleasing for years by protecting your investments from UV damage. 

3. Promoting Energy Efficiency

In addition to protecting your health and assets, ERS shading solutions contribute to energy efficiency. By blocking excess heat and UV radiation, our products help regulate the temperature inside your home. This may lead to reduced energy consumption and lower cooling costs while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. Particularly helpful are exterior rolling shutters, because during cool nights, they can help retain heat. All of this can help save money on your energy bill!

Ready For Your Custom Shading Solutions? Give Us A Call!

At ERS, we believe that shade is not only about creating a pleasant outdoor environment; it’s also about prioritizing your health and well-being. Our shading solutions are backed by the science of UV rays protection, providing you with a safe and enjoyable outdoor living space.

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of ERS shading products, contact us today. We service customers in San Francisco, the San Jose Bay Area, Marin County, and Monterey County. Our showroom is located at 404 Umbarger Road in San Jose, California, and it’s open from 8 AM-4 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday.