How to Add Shade to Your Deck or Patio: Part 2

A pergola adds shade to a deck in the late summertime.

After our reading our last shade issue, we have a few more options that won’t make your deck a very large frying pan where you are the egg. Luckily, there are some easy ways to add a little shade to your deck area to keep you cool.

Invest in a Pergola or Awning

Investing in a pergola is a great option if you want to add a more permanent solution to your shade needs. Pergolas are freestanding structures placed anywhere in your yard, providing plenty of shade and protection from the sun. Another great option for adding shade to your deck or patio is to install awnings. Awnings are attached to the side of your home and retracted when not in use.


A pergola is another helpful option to prevent your deck or patio from overheating while also letting in enough sunlight. These free-standing structures made of wood with mesh roofs filter out the sunlight to provide partial shade. The structures are constructed to allow maximum airflow to keep the open interiors cool. They are also a great decorative addition to your outdoor space. They have built-in seating, so they also serve as an entertainment and relaxation space. If you want additional protection, install slats on more than one wall or add drapes to the top that fall over the sides to create a little private alcove. Choosing water and heat-resistant drapes is advisable to withstand harsh weather.

Retractable Awning

Retractable awnings are temporary fixtures that protect you from the rain and sun. Attached to your home and held in place by articulated arms, retractable awnings are useful for those constantly remodeling their outdoor spaces. Retractable awnings are operated manually or use telescopic arms powered by small motors and controlled by a device. Based on the fabric you use, these structures’ durability and range of functions vary. It is best to get them installed by professionals.

Shade Sail

Sun or shade sails are an effective and economical solution to keeping your deck or outdoor space cool. These airy-looking structures are made from large pieces of fabric of your choosing. Shade sails can be installed for temporary or permanent use based on the fabric for the shade and the durability of construction. The ends are tied to corners or trees by rope or can be clipped onto hooks or similar structures of your home. They are a perfect option for those looking for a temporary and affordable solution to the heat.

It is also inexpensive to create a shady retreat in your backyard building nothing permanent.

When choosing a shade sail, ensure you choose a durable material that will withstand the elements. Also, consider a color that will complement your home and patio furniture.

Installing shade sails is a relatively easy DIY project. However, if you don’t feel confident in your ability to do it yourself, you can always hire a professional.

As a premier remodeling company, it is our duty to provide the customer with their dream construction. So, call Precision Decks today at 616- 874-2300.

Having a deck or a patio is a great use of outdoor spaces. But a deck without the right shade is no fun at all. So, keep the ideas mentioned in mind while you consider providing shade to your deck.

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