Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy the barefoot inside-outside lifestyle, where you don’t have to wear slippers or shoes while you enjoy your morning coffee and taking in your breathtaking surroundings? This is made possible by having a patio or porch that is connected to your home. However, when the weather is too hot, or it is raining excessively, our plans of curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee is typically put on hold.
Fortunately, there are many different types of shades, and patio covers available to address this issue. There are various options for providing shade for your patio that can be explored by considering the style, the solar orientation, and your budget.
A cost-effective, short-term, and fast solution for shielding and providing shade. Getting a patio umbrella is the most convenient way to protect yourself from the sun, whether you’re out with your girlfriends gossiping about the latest celebrity news, having morning coffee with your partner, or enjoying an afternoon cup of tea by yourself. Because of the wide variety of colors, patterns, and sizes available, you are sure to find one that suits your preferences.
An attractive and sturdy patio cover can be built using a pergola. If supported by two or more posts, permanent pergolas can be a feature that is added to the exterior of your house. Still, if they are only an additional decorative element, freestanding pergolas do not have to be anchored to a structure on the exterior of your house. To be on the safe side, it is best to check with your local government to see if you need a building permit.
If building a pergola is not an option, you may want to consider shade sails. High-Density Polyethylene or HDPE is a synthetic fabric commonly used in shade sails. Although the fabric is knitted, it doesn’t resemble plastic fabric due to its woven weaves. Shade sails are said to block about 95% of the sun’s UV radiation. The shade sail structure uses hooks and timber, or steel, posts to support the fabric and since the structure is temporary, it can be removed as needed. This protector is water-resistant and will provide you and your outdoor furniture with protection in wet or harsh environments.
You could try out an option using canvas shades. Similar to the shade sails, they are a temporary structure held in place with hooks and posts. When the shade is needed, the wires are retractable in a pulley, which means you can adjust the covering to give as much shade as you desire. You can remove it and fold it away when you aren’t using it.
A simple canopy with four posts can serve as a short-term structure. These types of canopies are commonly pop-up canopies, and can be folded and stored away when not in use. They can be used as a shield from the sun and rain for furniture and wood decking.
If you’re ready to take the next step in designing your own pergola or shade structure, we’re here to assist you. Pick up the phone and call us now at Deck Builders College Station, and we will happily provide you with an estimate.