Would you enjoy the outdoors a little more if you could minimize your time in the sun? Planting shade trees is one option, but that fix can take a while. For an immediate solution, check out these other ways to add shade to your outdoor space.
Looking for a simple and inexpensive overhead cover? Add an umbrella to an existing table or buy a freestanding option that you can easily move to other spots as needed.
From hanging fabric to bamboo blinds, these alternatives can provide instant respite from the sun when placed around a patio or pergola. Cheaper than permanent structures, both come in a variety of shapes and colors, letting you personalize them and find the look you're after.
Sturdy shade sails, heavy-duty awnings and stand-alone canopies offer similar benefits but with longer wear. If you're specifically looking to reduce the amount of sun coming in your windows, awnings may be the answer. Check with your HOA or local government before investing in these options.
Let nature provide shade while adding more green to your yard with a trellis or arbor. Both perform the same function, allowing climbing plants to grow on the latticework. A local nursery can help you identify the best plants for the job.
Whether freestanding or attached to a home, pergolas feature a full roof supported by columns and result in a nice amount of shade. They're also more permanent than the above solutions and can be built from a range of materials.
If you'd like guaranteed, year-round shade, consider extending your home's roof or enclosing your patio. But keep in mind that both projects will likely need building permits.
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