New Australian Standards for Shade Sail Fabric

New Australian Standards for Shade Sail Fabric

How the new UVE ranking might affect Schools and Daycares

There are a range of state and local government guidelines and regulations designed to ensure there is enough quality shade to protect children from overexposure to UV radiation. These rules can apply to schools, daycares, sports clubs and other community groups. The UVE protection rankings are important for understanding the kind of protection you may be required to provide as well as which shade sail fabrics can be covered by shade sail grants and funding programs.

How Rainbow Shade Z16 rank

The Rainbow Shade z16 range is one of Australia’s most popular shade cloth fabrics, known for its durability, quality and being easy to maintain. More than 80% of the Z16 colour range has a UVE ranking of Most Effective or Very Effective, so you have a range of colour options to help your shade sail blend in or make a statement.

Rainbow Shade has over 25 years of experience, developing its shade products to provide the ultimate in solar protection. The z16 range comprises of high-performance shade fabrics that not only provide highly effective UV protection, they also reduce glare and heat so you’re comfortable and protected all year round. They are great for a wide range of applications including providing protection for your carport, caravan, deck, patio or pool area.

New Australian Standards for Shade Sail Fabric and What They Mean

Shade sails are a great way to get protection from the harsh UV rays of the Australian sun, but not all sails are the same. Standards Australia in it’s latest review has made some changes to make it clearer and easier for you to understand exactly what kind of sun protection you’ll get out of your shade sail. Shade fabric is now ranked using the Ultraviolet Effectiveness (UVE) scale.

Why the Ultraviolet Effectiveness scale?

Unlike the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) and Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) protection ratings UVE takes into account the strength, weave and colour of the sail. This provides a more accurate rating of how much sun protection you’ll get out in the real world.

Some shade fabric could have a great UPF or UVR protection rating under test conditions but due to a range of variables including the design and installation of the shade structure, you might not get those same results. The Ultraviolet Effectiveness scale takes this all into account and ranks products into three categories: effective, very effective, and most effective sun protection.

New Australian Standards for Shade Sail Fabric

We can help

At Custom Made Shade Sails we can guide you on the best shape to protect the area you want to be covered, ensuring maximum protection. Our combination of high quality, hard-wearing fabric, durable shapes, high-strength stainless steel fittings and perimeter cable means our shade sails are highly resilient and stable in every kind of weather. Our unrivalled 10-year warranty not only covers the shade fabric but also the stitching to give you the ultimate peace of mind.

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