If you enjoy spending time on the patio or deck, some shaded areas will make the space more comfortable. Outdoor living spaces are the perfect place to entertain friends, cook food on the grill, and relax. In summer, the sun will quickly warm the deck. To block the sunlight and lower the temperature, add shade to your outdoor spaces.
Plant Shade Trees
It’s not a short-term solution, but in time, planting trees will provide beautiful shade for your deck or patio. Choose fast-growing trees to create shade along one side of the deck. Pay attention to the path of the sun across your property to decide where is best to plant trees.
Build a Pergola to Add Shade to Outdoor Spaces
A pergola is a structure that is relatively easy to build over your patio or deck. It has an open roof that’s fitted with wooden beams to block some of the sunlight. A pergola provides shade over outdoor spaces and is an attractive structure. Use hanging baskets to decorate your pergola or outfit it with strings of outdoor lighting. You can purchase kits to build a pergola or hire a handyman for the project.
Hang a Shade Sail
Shade sails are easy to install using eyebolts and rope. Adding a shade sail over your deck or patio area is a quick solution that also protects the space beneath from a light rain. They are available in various colors and most are made from UV-resistant fabrics, making them durable and long-lasting.
Add Shade to Outdoor Spaces with a Patio Umbrella
A patio umbrella is an inexpensive and easy way to create a shaded area on the backyard deck. Insert the umbrella into a table or use an umbrella stand to add shade anywhere it’s needed. You can even purchase metal umbrella holders that attach to deck railings and hold the umbrella upright. They can easily be relocated to adjust where the umbrella is on your deck.
Install an Awning
An awning attaches to the side of the house and extends to cover a patio or deck. Some awnings are automated and retract with the press of a button. Awnings are convenient because they can be extended on sunny days and stored away when the weather is cooler or the sky is overcast. Awning fabrics are designed to be weather-resistant and are available in a wide range of colors.