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Protect Kids and Equipment with Apollo Playground Shades

In schoolyards and local parks, playgrounds are where kids learn to socialize and engage in healthy exercise – combining their limitless imaginations with play towers, monkey bars, slides and more. Naturally, bumps and scratches can happen, and tears often flow. Such is expected, and safety solutions like equipment padding and mulch are widely implemented. In […]

Why Pets Need Shade to Be Safe

Pets, although especially vulnerable to heat-related health risks, are often overlooked in the yearly struggle against summer weather. Most domestic animals such as dogs and cats possess ineffective thermoregulatory abilities compared to humans, relying mostly on panting and escaping sunlight to keep cool. Combined with thick fur coats and minimal sweating, enjoying year-round outdoor activity […]

Because “Game On” is Meant to be Cool

Shade Structures & Sports Venues: The Perfect Combo Whether cheering from university grandstands or competing at local park courts or fields, sports are meant promote healthy socialization and exercise. Still, they often pose dangers beyond their necessary physical demands. Exposure to heat and direct sunlight, even for short periods, can evoke serious health risks and […]

Improving & Expanding School Campuses with Shade Structures

The value of outdoor education has been one of the COVID-19 pandemic’s greatest revelations. Although most schools have loosen COVID-19 restrictions, emphasis on open-air activities has continued in learning facilities of all stages—from K-12 to colleges and universities. Research has shown significant improvements in students’ test scores, health and behavior by practicing outdoor activities in […]

Shaded Parking Lots: An Appreciated Amenity

Today, shaded parking structures serve a purpose beyond providing people with a place to park. Increasingly, parking lots are being designed to make a property more attractive and, therefore, more sought after. The structures can build value for a property, improve tenant retention, enhance vehicle protection, and drive revenue for those businesses that charge for […]

The Benefits of Curbside Pickup and Shade

More than half of U.S. consumers have used curbside pickup to purchase items, and even more shoppers want to give it a try, according to the National Retail Federation. It’s been a popular addition for many businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the experts at ecommerce giant Shopify think it’s here to stay.

Define your space with shade

The Florida sun shines brightly in beautiful Sarasota, where Nathan Benderson Park has become a beloved spot for tourists, fitness enthusiasts and families. Park officials had an Apollo Sunguard shade structure installed over the playground in 2018. Now it’s one of the defining characteristics of the space. People walking, jogging, driving or even rowing by […]

ChargePoint & FreeWire: Learn more about the charging stations we offer

We’re best known for our functional and stylish shade structures. But did you know we also distribute two of the most popular EV charging brands? ChargePoint and FreeWire are both known for their advanced technology and growing networks. We can help you add them to your facility. Installing charging stations at your location can add […]

How Business Can Use High Performance Shade Structures & Sales to Redefine Outdoor Spaces Like Patios, Courtyards & Much More!

It’s become more important than ever for businesses to make good use of their outdoor space amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s not limited to any one industry. Many bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, offices and other firms can benefit from making their outdoor areas more functional and attractive.

How to Optimize & Protect EV Charging Stations

Earlier this month the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hosted energy and water professionals across the federal, public and private sectors at the Energy Exchange 2021. This event focused on connecting participants to the present and the future of efficient, resilient, secure, and sustainable energy and water solutions. Apollo Sunguard was proud to be a part of this event.

Shade the Courts: Shade Structures for Outdoor Sports

Florida is known for its intense heat. When the temperatures are high, playing outdoor sports can be exhausting – and potentially dangerous. Adding shade structures for outdoor sports courts, such as tennis and pickleball courts, may be a factor that determines whether people enjoy the outdoors or stay inside, especially in the summer months. According […]

Green Credits for Parking Lots and EV Charging Stations

by Professor Buck Abbey, Landscape Architect Green Building systems such as LEED 4.1TM™ BD+C, and SITES v2TM™ promote responsible environmental design and construction. These programs do this by certifying points that measure sustainability. Architects, engineers, landscape architects and contractors who follow these practices reduce water demand, manage and clean stormwater runoff, reduce energy consumption, improve […]

Fabric Covers vs. Metal Covers

When choosing between a metal shade cover or a fabric shade cover, it is important to know the benefits and disadvantages of each. Answering questions such as “Which material will last longer?,” “Which requires less maintenance?” and “Which will look best in my space?,” will help you make the best choice when selecting a shade […]

Shade: A Must Have Community Amenity

Improving community aesthetics is an investment worth making. The Sarasota community knows this and that is why they just added shade to the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier. Attractive, quality shade structures were just one of the many improvements made to this popular and scenic fishing pier that was built in 1979. Though the addition of […]

EV Charging Stations Get Faster Charging Times When Shaded

Never has there been a demand for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations like we are seeing today. And with this demand, is the need to expand the EV charging station infrastructure. With the Biden administration in Washington, D.C., the U.S. federal government appears to be poised to aggressively invest in EV charging infrastructure. Right here […]

3 Things to Look for in a Shade Structure Manufacturer

When investing in a shade structure, it is important to make sure that the structure and the shade fabric is made to last. To ensure you get great value, make sure to find a shade manufacturer that provides a strong warranty. Apollo Sunguard has such a warranty. In fact, we have the shade industry’s strongest warranty — 15 years on all fabric and 20 years on steel framework.

Shade for Schools Enhances Safety and Extends the Classroom

Shade structures are a valuable addition to school campuses. Shading outdoor recreation areas protects students and staff members from solar UV radiation, the primary cause of skin cancer. Shade structures can also extend classroom and gathering space, allowing learning and activities to take place outdoors and provide additional opportunities for fresh air and social distancing.

What You Should Know When Choosing Shade Sails

Almost any outdoor living, lounging or recreation area can be improved with the installation of a shade. If you’re considering adding shade, you may already know the many benefits of shade sails, including blocking UV rays, lowering ambient and surface temperatures, reducing sun damage and prolonging the life of shaded furniture and equipment.

Using Shade to Create Inviting Outdoor Spaces

Humans crave time outside. We are wired to enjoy fresh air and open spaces, but we also want protection from too much sun and heat. Fortunately, shade structures can be used to create outdoor rooms and define areas for outdoor dining, recreation and relaxation. Let’s take a closer look at using shade to create inviting […]

Form Follows Function: The Design of Shade Structures

“Form follows function” is an architectural principle that asserts the shape of a building or object should primarily be based on its intended function or purpose. It’s generally associated with industrial design in the 19th and 20th centuries, but has its roots with Roman architect, engineer and author Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. In 40 BC, Vitruvius wrote that all structures should have three attributes: strength, utility and beauty.

Four Outdoor Amenities that Are Better with Shade

Whether you want to attract buyers, renters or guests, outdoor amenities are what make the first impression and cause your property to stand out. Add to or update your location with today’s most popular outdoor amenities, but don’t forget the shade! The lure of sunny days enjoyed in the fresh outdoors draws people in, but shady respites from the sun’s heat keep people coming back.

Shade for Green Parking Lots

According to the Green Laws Research Project conducted by landscape architect Buck Abbey, parking lots are America’s most often used outdoor space and, unfortunately, most have harmful effects on people, animals and the environment. The solution is green parking lots. In Buck’s words: Greening a parking lot transforms a hot, dusty, dirty layer of paving that has been striped to temporarily store automobiles into a more wholesome urban forest setting.

Shade Structures for Outdoor Classrooms Add Breathing Room

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a number of unexpected challenges, such as the need to practice social distancing. Many school districts are implementing guidelines that call for at least six feet of space between students and fewer than 11 people in a room. With space at a premium in most schools, meeting these requirements can be difficult.

How to Prepare Your Apollo Sunguard Shades for a Hurricane

Apollo Sunguard’s high quality fabrication and materials are engineered to stand up to 115 MPH Wind Load per current International Building Code (IBC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7, Florida Building Code (FBC) and applicable city, county and state codes. However, we recommend removing the fabric covers winds are forecasted to exceed a Category 1 hurricane of 74-95 MPH, 119-153 km/h.

Beach Goers at Lido Key Are Enjoying Shade This Summer

Temperatures are rising, but beach goers at Lido Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida don’t mind. They now have a new refuge from the sun and heat at the historic Lido Beach Concession Building where a beautiful new shade sail structure has been added for the enjoyment of all. Designed to maximize the amount of shade […]

Innovate Your Government, Public Parking Lots with Solar Protection and Clean Energy

During the COVID-19 pandemic, with less traffic on the highways, little to no planes in the air and industrial factories at a halt, scientists reported a notable difference in the amount of carbon emissions and air pollution circulating worldwide. Simply put, the air got cleaner. While the impact may be short term as the economy […]

Apollo Sunguard Makes It Easier for Governments to Add Shade, EV Charging

Apollo Sunguard has made it easier for governments to add shade and EV charging stations to their public spaces and facilities with GSA contracts, cooperative purchasing agreements and piggybacking. Why Apollo Sunguard? As a certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Apollo Sunguard specializes in state-of-the-art shade solutions. The Florida-based company’s shade canopies have been installed […]

Shade for Military and Government Facilities

There are many areas of military bases and government facilities that can be enhanced by adding shade structures. Shade is beneficial for the comfort and safety of personnel, family members and guests, for the protection and preservation of equipment and to support efforts to be more green and reduce energy consumption.

Shade Structures that Wow

Modern shade structures come in so many colors, styles and configurations that the options are virtually endless. And with custom designs possible, they truly can be almost anything you can imagine. So, one of the first questions to ask when choosing a shade structure is, do you want something subtle that blends in with the […]

The Value of UV Protection on Playgrounds

Kids may have different criteria but ask any parent or caregiver and they’ll tell you that the best playgrounds are the ones with shade. Playground shade cover reduces exposure to UV rays and lowers dangerous surface temperatures, keeping children safe and comfortable while they play, and making the experience more enjoyable for parents and caregivers. […]

Upgrade Your Community with Shade

Enjoyable outdoor spaces are an essential part of a well-planned community. With durable and attractive shade structures from Apollo Sunguard, municipalities can improve the function and comfort of public areas such as schools, parks, recreation facilities, playgrounds, pool decks, picnic areas, courtyards, town squares, walkways, parking lots and bus stops. Cool and Comfortable Stylish shade […]

High Performance Shading for Sports Facilities

Apollo Sunguard Offers High Performance Shade for Sports Facilities Fans love to watch their favorite team and athletes compete, whether it’s on a field, a court, a course or a green. But sitting in the glaring sun for hours can keep even the most dedicated spectators away. During the summer months, athletic facilities can be […]

How Shade Can Help Slow Climate Change

There are no passengers on the Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. The quote, from philosopher Marshall McLuhan, may be truer today than ever given the threats facing the planet. One of them, urban heat island effect, may sound like something dreamed up by a super villain, but it’s a real phenomenon impacting countless communities […]

Powered & Protected: Shade & Your EV Charging Station

Electric Vehicles (EV) are continuing to gain popularity as drivers become more aware of their environmental benefits and cost-efficiency. According to an estimate calculated by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation, there will be 18.7 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030. As a ChargePoint Premier Partner, Apollo Sunguard has sold and distributed […]

Trees & Apollo Sunguard Perfect Pair for Parking Lots

The best way to fight climate change? Plant more trees, according to a Swiss study published last month in the journal Science. Trees catch heat-trapping carbon dioxide. They also provide much needed shade in a world that, according to NASA, is getting warmer. In fact, many cities have taken formal steps to promote the planting […]

Celebrate National Exercise with Your Child Week

Shaded Playgrounds Offer Ideal Exercise Spot Throughout the United States, communities will celebrate National Exercise with Your Child Week from Aug. 4 – 10. This nationally recognized week encourages parents and guardians to exercise with their children to help promote a healthier lifestyle. To celebrate, consider adding a shade structure to your local park or […]

Enhance Your Design: Visual & Function Benefits of Shade

Enhance Your Design: Visual and Function Benefits of Shade In any kind of architectural design, attention to detail is incredibly important. Every area of the design should be functional yet appealing to the eye. Though not always the focus of a project, outdoor spaces are an opportunity for design to stand out in both use […]

National Park & Rec Month: Benefits of Outdoor Play

This July, communities across the nation will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has announced that this year’s theme is “Game On!” to encourage families to spend more time outdoors in their local parks. According to a 2018 study by the NRPA, children today spend less time outdoors […]

Sustainable Architecture Principals Include Adding Shade

Today, the importance of sustainable design is more prevalent than ever. Negative human impact on the planet calls for creating modern architecture with more than just human desire in mind. According to Dartmouth Professor Jason F. McLennan, sustainable design “seeks to redefine how buildings are designed, built, and operated to be more responsible to the […]

Celebrate Arbor Day: Trees Benefit People and Economy

Throughout the United States, communities will recognize National Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. This nationally recognized holiday is a reminder to recognize the importance that trees play in our ecosystem. According to the U.S. Division of Forestry, trees foster healthier communities overall – including people, neighborhoods and the economy. The health benefits […]

Reasons Property Managers Should Install Shade

More people are going to be enjoying the outdoors as the winter temperatures warm, the trees return to green and spring flowers begin to sprout. Now is a good time for property managers to consider installing one of Apollo Sunguard’s attractive and functional shade structures in outdoor living spaces, such as courtyards, picnic areas, playgrounds […]

Landscape Architects, Consider Shade In Your Sketch

There is this old adage that some of the best project ideas were drawn first on a cocktail napkin. Maybe there is some truth to this. We do know that no one industry knows better than Landscape Architects that drawing plans is the beginning point to any great creation. And, when sketching your next project, […]

Sun Safety

Sun Safety Doctors and researchers agree that skin cancer can be dramatically reduced by effective preventive measures, however sometimes it’s hard to decide what the best preventative measures are. Sunscreen and protective clothing are an obvious choice. Staying out of the sun is the best way to stay protected from the harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays, […]

Sun Safety Part 2

Sun Safety Part 2 Last week, we talked about the importance of protecting oneself from Ultraviolet (UV) exposure and how applying sunscreen and wearing protective clothing are beneficial to reducing UV exposure; shade is an extremely useful source in UV radiation (UVR) protection. Shade is another way a person can reduce exposure to UVR. The […]

Sun Safety Part 3

Sun Safety Part 3 In our last installment of Sun Safety, we will discuss why it is paramount to assess each situation individually, taking into account the position, the design and the surrounding environment to ensure that optimal shade is provided, prior to installing a shade structure. Design Elements Best Fit Strive for ultimate shade […]

2018 Sterling

Apollo Sunguard is a Finalist for the prestigious 2018 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award, presented by the Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes. Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes Announce Finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards Award Winners Announced at June 1st Sterling Awards Banquet in Orlando TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Sterling Council and […]

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