5 Reasons To Install Shade Structures Over Your Playground

Playground Shade

Summer will be here before we know it! And, while the warm weather is a great opportunity for you to get your kiddos outside, too much heat and sun can also pose some health risks and even damage your playground equipment. 

However, there is a solution. You can install shade structures over your playground.

5 Great Reasons You Should Install Shade Structures Over Your Playground Equipment

1. Shade structures can help protect your students from getting too much sun.

Installing shade structures over your playground equipment is a great way to protect your students from getting too much sun. 

Getting out in the sunshine is definitely important. We actually covered the importance of it in our post: The Benefits Of Outdoor Gyms For Schools

But, too much sun can be harmful and increases the risk of sunburn and even skin cancer due to its dangerous UV rays.

According to the EPA, the sun is the strongest and can be the most dangerous between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, which is typically the hours kids go outside and play at school or at places like summer camp or daycare. And, something to consider is the fact that kids can get sunburned even on cloudy days.

Installing a shade structure on your playground can help protect your kiddos from excess exposure to the sun’s dangerous UV rays.

2. Shade structures can help protect your kids from the heat.

Like too much sun, too much heat can also be a huge problem for playing outside during the summer months. According to Kids Health, exposure to high temperatures can cause a variety of heat-related illnesses, including:

  • Heatstroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat cramps
  • Dehydration 

Installing a shaded structure onto your existing playground can help keep both it and your students cooler by blocking the sun’s heat. It can also help with air circulation. 

3. A shaded structure can keep your equipment cooler. 

The sun can overheat your playground equipment, which can cause kids to burn themselves. Shading can help keep your equipment cooler so kids can play on it without hurting themselves. 

4. Shade structures can offer protection from the rain.

Shade structures offer light rain protection so your kiddos can keep playing if it starts drizzling out. And, as an added bonus, these structures will help keep your playground drier, so you can go out and play after it rains. Wiping down the slides won’t be necessary!

5. Shade structures can protect your playground.

Not only can shade structures protect your kiddos, but they can also protect your playground and extend the life of it!

Exposure to the sun and its harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on your playground equipment. It can cause the color to fade or lead to cracking and warping. 

Shade structures can keep the sun’s UV rays at bay and keep your playground’s color vibrant as well as prevent it from warping or cracking. 

Southeast Outdoors Solutions Can Design and Install Shade Structures on Your Existing Playground! 

The Southeast Outdoors Solutions team can build a beautiful shade structure that will keep your kiddos safe from the sun and heat, as well as protect your playground equipment. 

We will work with you to plan and design shade structures based on your needs, space, and budget. Give us a call at (770) 709-5605, or visit our site and let us help you Build It!