As National UV Safety Awareness month draws to a close Archadeck of Central CT discusses the health-conscious benefits of covered outdoor spaces
There are a plethora of benefits to adding a covered outdoor living space such as a covered (open) porch, screened porch or 3-season porch to your home. The first benefit that comes to mind is probably increased outdoor living enjoyment. Enjoyment IS a major factor when designing a covered outdoor living space, however, the benefits do not end there. In honor of July being observed as National UV Safety Awareness month, and as the month draws to a close, Archadeck would like to point out the protective benefits of having a covered outdoor structure. Covered spaces that are most beneficial serving as a shelter from dangerous UV rays that can lead to skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are found in the United States each year. Melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, however, it causes about 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society. Skin cancer occurs everywhere and does not discriminate by location. According to an article posted in the New Haven Register, Connecticut residents are diagnosed with skin cancer at the same rate as residents of Florida, CDC data shows. In 2013, Connecticut also became one of the first states in the nation to ban the use of tanning beds by minors younger than 17, a huge step in helping battle the skin cancer that is prevalent in our state.
The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun (and tanning beds) can cause many other complications besides skin cancer – such as a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles and leathery skin.
Archadeck specializes in both covered and uncovered outdoor living space designs. We can address your specific needs and desires in order to determine what type, or combination of, outdoor structure is the right “fit” for your lifestyle. For some homeowners, just having a deck is not enough as their outdoor living space must meet specific needs. These can include sensitivity and concern about UV light, allergies and even SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Some of our most popular protected structures include 3-season porches, screened porches, covered (open) porches and even shade pergolas. With this in mind we want to take this opportunity to point out benefits of having a covered outdoor space on your property.
A covered/protected outdoor living structure can:
- Greatly enhance the look and curb appeal of your home and landscape
- Add value to your home
- Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
- Is a great place for plants to thrive
- Provide emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV rays
- Can become a sanctuary protected from sudden thunderstorms or inclement weather
- Creates a space free from the irritants of seasonal allergies
- Can provide a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects
- Is a pollen-free outdoor living room
- We can also install treated screens to reduce harmful rays
Our custom covered outdoor living spaces are designed to protect without reducing your connection with nature. From a simple front porch to a complete outdoor entertainment area, our structures will transform your home and the way your live outdoors significantly. Contact Archadeck of Central CT today to learn more — Call us or email us for a free consultation. (203) 793-7142 email@example.com.