How to Add Shade to Your Deck or Patio: Part 1

Two umbrellas adding shade to a backyard patio space.

The patio is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day. However, sometimes it can be too hot, especially during summer days when the sun is at its peak. It can be uncomfortable if you have no shade on your patio.

Adding shade to your deck or patio will provide much-needed relief from the hot summer sun. There are many ways to add shade to your outdoor space.

Here are a few of our favorite ways:

Add an Umbrella

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to add shade to your deck or patio is with an umbrella. Umbrellas come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, so you will find one that fits your space and style.

If you have a table on your deck or patio, setting an umbrella in the middle is a great way to provide shade for you and your guests. You can also get creative and hang umbrellas from the ceiling or install them on the ground.

Umbrellas are a simple and efficient way to keep your deck cool and protected from the harsh sun. Patio table umbrellas are ‌placed into a hole in the center of an outdoor table attached to a weighted base. These structures are very stable and cover only certain parts of the deck where seating is placed. The rest of your deck or patio has free space to utilize for other purposes.

If you don’t want a patio umbrella disturbing the flow of your outdoor space, consider installing a cantilever umbrella. These umbrellas are supported by offset, free-standing poles and suspended in the air. They do not take up space in your entertainment area while also providing sufficient shade. They are also adjustable and come in a variety of colors and materials. You can also install umbrellas equipped with solar-powered lights that get activated when the sun sets.

Plant Trees, Bushes, or Arbor

Garden structures can be used creatively to provide shade and privacy. These structures, called an Arbor, comprise built-in benches, planters, and a trellis. Generally made of wood, an Arbor can grow climbers and other plants to create a canopy of sorts to fill in gaps in the structure, creating a wall. You can place them in a corner covering your seating area to provide shade and privacy. They are customizable, so you can adjust the trellis to make it shorter or taller based on your shade requirements. You’ll also get a great view, fabulous fragrance, and some fresh air with the plants nearby.

Planting trees or bushes is a great option to add some greenery to your deck or patio. Trees and bushes provide much-needed shade and act as a natural windbreak. It also helps to cool the air around your home.

When choosing plants for your outdoor space, select varieties suited for your climate and soil type. Also, consider the plants’ size when fully grown to ensure they don’t overcrowd your space.

Adding shade to your deck or patio is a great way to make your outdoor space more comfortable and enjoyable. There are various ways to add shade, so ensure you find a method that fits your needs and budget. You can reach out to Precision Decks & Patios to start your project today.

Precision Decks & Patios can help turn your vision for your perfect backyard oasis into a reality. We specialize in designing and building custom decks, pergolas, awnings, and shade sails. We also offer a wide range of decks and patio furniture, so you can find the perfect pieces to complete your space.

Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how we can help create your perfect outdoor living space. We’d be happy to answer questions or provide you with a free consultation.

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