The Australian weather can be extreme and people are more aware of the damaging effects of too much sun than ever before. Being sensible in the outdoors today means sunscreen, hats, appropriate clothing and seeking some shade when possible. Selecting the right shade solution that will last and provide the protection and flexibility you need is an important decision. We can help you make the right choice for your situation and we can also deliver and install.
Our Shade Umbrella Range
Whether you are after a simple but elegant cafe style or very large centre post umbrella, a rotating cantilever umbrella that tilts, an umbrella designed to handle 90 km/h winds or one that is four umbrellas in one, we have the umbrella for you.
These umbrellas not only offer excellent protection from the sun, but also have style and functionality. Unlike cheaper umbrellas, they will not pack themselves up and move to your neighbour‘s when the breeze picks up!
They are all made utilising the best non corrosive materials and built to last for years to come. They all carry an excellent warranty and are backed by long standing Australian companies should you need parts or repairs in the years to come.
The Dangers of Skin Cancer – Why Shade is Vital to All Australians
It’s not for nothing that Australia is called ‘The Sunburnt Country’. Sure, we all know the sun is particularly harsh downunder, but what you probably didn’t know is that according to the Australian Department of Health:
- Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the entire world.
- Australians are 4 times more likely to develop a skin cancer than any other form of cancer.
- Approximately 2 out of every 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.
Back in the 1960s people could be found oiling themselves down and lying in the sun all day ‘working on their tan’. Ignorance, in the decade of flower power, was bliss. Indeed, it took until the 1980s for the dangers of sunburn to finally reach the public consciousness, with Australians being told to ‘Slip Slop Slap,’ (“It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that”). But when the catchy jingle had faded from memory and the days had grown longer, millions of Australians could still be found ignoring the warnings and lying outside in the sun.
Fast forward to 2014 and you’d think Australians would have finally gotten the message that – whenever possible – sitting in the shade and putting on sunblock is a must when you’re outside on a hot summer’s day. And yet over 430,000 Australians every year still get diagnosed with skin cancer.
It’s sobering statistics like this that drives the popularity of the Cantilever Shade Umbrella. Because, while Australians naturally love being outside on a hot summer’s day, they now do it safe in the knowledge that there is copious shade on hand to protect their family and keep them cool. Because there’s no such thing as ‘a healthy tan’. Just skin cells in trauma.
Outdoor Umbrellas in Australia
In a natural environment shade is an ephemeral mistress. If you’re lucky enough to have some tall trees around your pool or garden you might – at certain times of the day – be able to swim or relax safe in the knowledge that you were in the shade the whole time, and thus protected from the harsh rays of the sun.
But what if – like most of us – you’re not that lucky? For most Australians a swim in the backyard pool or a spot of lunch in the garden finds us sweltering in direct sunlight. This is where the amazingly versatile Cantilever umbrella comes in. Because Cantilever umbrellas offer far reaching shade that can even follow the sun to make sure that no matter what time of day it is, you and your family are safely in the shade.