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+WHERE CAN WE GET MORE INFORMATION AND PRICING?
RGV SunShades products are distributed exclusively in the Rio Grande Valley area. Your local RGV SunShades rep will be able to provide:

• Technical data, including drawings and samples
• Price quotations
• Site planning assistance
• Complete turn-key installation

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Contact RGV SunShades at 956.270.2029 to learn more about our shade solutions.

+WHERE ARE SHADE SYSTEMS USED?
Where are Shade Systems used?

• Playgrounds/Skate Parks
• Sports Fields/Bleachers/Dugouts
• Poolside and Water Parks
• Outdoor Amphitheatres
• Concession Areas
• Parking Lots
• Marinas/Yacht Clubs
• Golf Courses and Driving Ranges
• Resorts and Country Clubs
• Any outdoor gathering places

+WHAT ABOUT DURABILITY?

Heavy-duty Steel Frame

• Engineered for Hidalgo County, Texas 150 m.p.h. hurricane code
• Embedded in concrete
• Powder-coating available in a variety of colors
• Guaranteed for 20 years

Shade Fabric

• Easily removable
• Available in seventeen popular colors
• Guaranteed for 10 years (including stitching thread)
• Fire Rated

+HOW ARE SHADE SYSTEMS ANCHORED?
• Standard in ground bury concrete footings
• Optional surface mount footings
• All footings designed for Hidalgo County, Texas 150 m.p.h. hurricane code
+WHAT ABOUT VANDALISM?
• Minimal use of support posts – most rectangular Shade Systems have only 4 columns
• No footholds or climbing rungs on posts
• Most Shade Systems are over 10′ high, far out of reach of vandals on the ground
• If used with playground equipment, ASTM requires minimum 7′ distance, reducing likelihood of reaching Shade System from playground equipment
• Entire canopy replacement value is only about 15-20% of total; fabric is repairable, with repair costs as low as only 5% of total replacement value.
+HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE SHADE FABRIC?
Because the shade fabric is manufactured from High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE, it is naturally very resistant to dirt and does not retain moisture. This means it won’t rot or mildew like canvas or other similar products.

However, as it is exposed to dust and moisture over time, the shade fabric may become dirty and appear grey. Periodic cleaning will help stop the build-up of dirt particles. The shade fabric can be cleaned with a weak concentration of non-abrasive pH neutral detergent in warm water with a maximum temperature of 120 degrees. The detergent must not contain any acidic chemicals or solvents as they can weaken the fabric’s resistance to UV radiation. Apply using a long soft bristled mop or brush and rinse with a strong flow of clean water.

To do a thorough job of cleaning, remove the fabric canopy and lay it out on a clean, flat surface. Wash with a hose – do not use a high pressure cleaner. Review the instructions for proper removal procedure. If you have a Sail system, consult the instructions which came with your product, or call RGV SunShades at 956.270.2029.

There are many different fabric cleaning solutions available, so it is important to check the ingredients of the cleaning solution to make sure it does not contain any halogens such as chlorine, bromine, iodine, etc., or strong alkaline chemicals and acids. If you are still unsure, ask the manufacturer of the solution to provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This will detail all the ingredients of the cleaning solution, and will tell you what solvents, acids or alkaline chemicals are present.

MY PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER OFFERS SHADE CANOPIES ATTACHED TO THE PLAY EQUIPMENT. IS THAT OKAY?

No, it’s really not okay. There are several very important reasons to reject this idea of attaching fabric canopies to playground equipment and instead get a proper free-standing shade system. Click here to see and download the list in PDF format.

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