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With the warmer (and downright hot) months quickly coming our way, now is the time to come up with stylish and innovative ways to provide a place to escape the sun in your backyard. While this makes sense even just for yourself and your family, people who like to entertain guests and host get-togethers on their exterior property almost certainly need some kind of shade.
There are countless options available for this type of project. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Many times it can be a simple and fast task. In other cases, homeowners may want structures or shading that is a little bit sturdier and more permanent. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the options that are available to folks looking to introduce a little shade to their outdoor areas:
Overhead Covers and Awnings
If you have a deck or patio area extending from your home, you may already have some small amount of coverage from an existing awning. However, it is most likely insufficient, especially if the deck is of moderate or larger size. You can add an awning to your house or simply install an overhead cover to completely shade any tables and chairs you have.
Install a Pergola
Pergolas are remarkably diverse (See Sojag) in their function and can come in many different styles, designs, and materials. They often have a very natural and earthy feel to them. They are mainly used as garden accessories. They usually form walkways, sitting areas, and passageways. They are constructed primarily of posts or pillars which support overhead crossbeams and a lattice. They can be extensions of the home or other structures, as well as completely independent.
While this one might take a little while to enjoy the full benefits, it is a great way to plan for long-term shade. If you are intending on staying at a property for a long time, planting a few trees as soon as possible is a good move, if you have the room. You will want to thoroughly research the different types of trees available to determine which ones would be best for your yard.
You want to make sure that the species you plant will thrive in the regional environment. You will also want to verify that you have the space necessary to accommodate it, as well as how to properly care for it.
Table and/or Chair Umbrellas
Building on the idea of having a patio or deck area covering, maybe you don’t want to opt for installing a one-piece cover or extending the awing of your home. Perhaps you just want a simple, temporary shade provider. In these cases, Large, cabana-style umbrellas to provide cover for tables or other sitting areas are perfectly suitable.
Enclosing Patios or Porches
Another one of the more permanent options is to fully enclose your outdoor area. Although porches are sometimes covered, this is not always the case. And patios themselves are not covered unless customized that way in the original design and build.
Putting up curtains instead of screens can help to reduce the overall temperatures but also inhibits the natural sunlight which most people prefer when lounging or socializing outside. If you want the area enclosed in addition to being covered while still allowing as much sunlight as possible, we suggest attaching netting or screening it in.