Through many years of experience we have developed the expertise & workmanship to provide the foundations into most surfaces. Eg, Tarmac, stone, brick, turf, decking, pavements and many others. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of finish made possible through the use of our own specialist equipment. We aim to provide deep and sure footings with concrete and steel reinforcements. Below are project examples of specialist installations & other different surfaces

Surface: Tarmac

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Surface: Decking

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Surface: Stone

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Surface: Brick

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Specialist equipment

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Connection to power supply

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Supersize structures

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SHADE & Skin Protection

Cancer Research is one of the UK’s leading researchers into the damage Sun can cause to our Skin and the preventive measures we can all take. This page provides advice given by cancer research, but for more info click here

Key Facts

UV rays are invisible and cannot be felt on the skin. They penetrate deeply into our cells, causing changes that lead to sunburn, skin ageing, eye damage and skin ancer. One of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays is to find shade under parasols/umbrellas or canopies.

Check the UV Index

To help you know when you need to be careful outside, the World Health Organisation developed the UV Index. The UV Index is a way of describing the strength of the sun's rays. It is used in weather forecasts.

Skin Protection – Schools / Children

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Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun & babies under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.

It is recommended that using complete shade is crucial; under parasols/umbrellas, canopies, trees or indoors.

Other tips: Spend time in the shade between eleven and three; Time of year - the highest risk months in the UK are May to September; Cloud cover - you can still burn on a day when there is thin or scattered cloud; Reflection - up to 85 per cent of UV rays can be reflected back from sand, cement and water;

SHADE for Schools

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SunSmart Policy (Cancer Research UK)

Cancer Research UK comment that during term time, children are in school during the peak UV hours five days a week. They suggest having a SunSmart school policy can make a big difference to the amount of skin damage children experience.

Sun Smart Policy Documents by Cancer Research UK: Nursery Guidelines, Primary School Guidelines, Secondary School Guidelines.

ACTION - Things To Think About

How much shade do you have?

What shade is currently available in your school? Where do pupils tend to gather when outside? Can you move equipment to shadier areas? How much money do you have to invest in shade structures?

Putting up shade structures – long term or short term solutions

Do you want a fixed (permanent) or flexible (temporary) structure? Do you want shade in this area all year round? What size of the area do you want shaded? What fundraising do you require to meet the costs of any new shade structure? Have you approached local businesses to sponsor your shade structure, for instance putting their logo on a shade in return for funding?

More ideas for your playground

For more ideas about how to develop your school’s grounds have a look at the Learning Through Landscapes website.

Whether Permanent or Semi Permanent Shade - at SHADEmakers we are confident, with our wide range of Parasols/Umbrellas and other SHADES, we can provide your school with the shelter your children, staff & even parents need.

Call now SHADEmakers on +44 (0) 779 649 7308 for advice

Client information or to order your SHADE

Warranty

SHADEmakers guarantee your new parasol against faulty workmanship or defective materials

The standard warranty for UK customers is 12 or 24 months depending on the SHADEmakers parasol model, calculated from the date of your purchase. This is in addition to any of the rights you may have in law. This warranty is not intended to modify or limit such rights. This warranty is given subject to the following conditions:

It is the buyer's responsibility to read and understand assembly instructions for the assembly/installation and maintenance of your SHADEmakers parasol; It is the buyer's responsibility to assemble/install the SHADEmakers parasol in accordance with our written instructions, or have it assembled/installed by an authorised SHADEmakers agent; The SHADEmakers parasol is used in accordance with our written instructions, having regard to the prevailing weather at the time of use. You must take additional care in windy conditions. Please read your owners manual thoroughly; The SHADEmakers parasol has been maintained correctly as per our written instructions. 5. Any modifications made to the SHADEmakers parasol , except those made by an authorised SHADEmakers agent, may invalidate the warranty; This warranty does not cover repairs which are necessary because of an accident or because of careless use of the SHADEmakers parasol; This warranty does not cover damage of the SHADEmakers parasol caused from or by wind, fire, theft, vandalism or misuse; This warranty is for the benefit of the original purchaser of the SHADEmakers parasol and does not apply to any subsequent owner; If you fail to comply with conditions 1 to 4 of this warranty, your failure may invalidate the warranty or any claim made under it.

Gottschalk Planosol® premium fabrics are manufactured from 100% acrylic fibre and guaranteed to: Remain rot resistant Retain a light fastness rating of 6-8 on a 1-8 scale (minimum fading) for a period of 5 years. Gottschalk Planosol® premium fabrics are very tightly woven, with minimal light transmission, resulting in excellent UV protection of UPF 50+ and SPF 100. Should the fabric fail, Gottschalk will offer to replace the fabric free of charge, subject to the following:

Proof of date of purchase is provided by the customer; The fabric is maintained correctly; This fabric guarantee extends specifically to the replacement of fabric only and excludes the work and installation of others and also excludes other fittings and hardware.

Other costs such as the dismantling, transport, re-erection, travelling costs and consequential loss are also excluded from this guarantee.