How to Shade a Deck or Patio

by  Lauren Lockett-Summers
Published: Jul 01, 2020
How to Shade a Deck or Patio

While the Central Texas heat can be unbearable at times, it’s not a viable solution to stay indoors 100% of the time. The better solution is simple – add more shade to your backyard. Not only will the shade keep your yard tens of degrees cooler, but the shade solutions we go on to mention in this post will definitely boost your curb appeal. If you’re looking to add some additional shade to your yard, but don’t know what options you have available, this post is for you! Below we will cover some more common backyard shading options, including our favorite – the pergola.

Option #1: Large Umbrellas

Let’s start with the most accessible option on our list: umbrellas. Not a foolproof solution by any means, umbrellas can provide concentrated shade over your patio or outdoor furniture. Umbrellas have the convenience of being able to open and close them, which can be helpful depending on your specific needs. If you’re looking for a more permanent option however, you may want to keep reading.

Option #2: Retractable Screens

If you have a patio or deck right off your home, you may want to consider adding a retractable screen. Retractable screens are a good option for those looking for a barrier between pesky mosquitoes, as well as providing some additional shade. The largest drawbacks to retractable screens are that the shade provided can be minimal depending on the screen chosen and they can be pricey if you choose an automatic variation.

Option #3: Add Some Trees

To provide shade on a larger scale, plant some lush trees. The trees can be strategically planted around the perimeter of your yard, or as clusters in specific areas for more concentrated shade. The biggest downside to relying on trees is that they take time to grow. You will likely have to purchase saplings or young tree variations and wait for them to grow in to provide your desired shade. The other drawback is that trees can be pricey; if you need a significant amount of shade, you will need a lot of trees and that can quickly add up.

Option #4: Pergolas

Saving the best for last, let’s touch on pergolas. Pergolas are fully-customizable, permanent structures that rely on horizontal slats, supported by vertical posts, to provide shade. Pergolas are typically added directly over patios or decks, but can also be used over jacuzzis, outdoor kitchens, or any other place you need to add some shade. Homeowners love pergolas because not only do they look great and boost the curb appeal of their homes, but the unique design allows air to easily flow over the area keeping the space cool and breezy. It is recommended that a professional design and install your pergola because after all, it will be hanging over your head, so take that into account when budgeting for your outdoor refresh.

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