3 Classic Methods of Shading Your Patio

3 Classic Methods of Shading Your Patio

Outdoor spaces are wonderful aspects of any property, but in order to fully enjoy them, you need to make sure people have shade if they want or need to stay out of the sun. Here are three classic methods of shading your patio.

1. Awnings

There are many types of awnings available to you, including retractable, removable and permanent awnings. Retractable and removable awnings provide you with more options and adjustable levels of shade. Permanent awnings, meanwhile, are less adjustable but offer more stability, sturdiness and protection against inclement weather.

2. Plants

One of the oldest methods of providing shade is utilizing plant life. While trees may be the first shade plants you think of, they’re not the only option, nor are they always the most suitable. If you want a more immediate source of shade, you can try trellises, arbors and lattice panels. If you want vertical shade, you can plant shrubs or a tree line or install green walls, supportive walls where you can mount plants. Plant according to your location. If you live in an area with plenty of sun or one where it gets cold in winter, look for plants that can tolerate those conditions.

3. Pergolas

Pergolas are permanent structures you can install on your patio. They come in a wide variety of styles but generally consist of columns, beams and a roof. The roof can be open, letting in dappled or broken sunlight, or closed, ensuring unbroken shade beneath it. While the pergola itself is permanent, you can customize its design and accents in a variety of ways.

There are many methods and options available to you to provide shade to your outdoor space. Your choices can reflect your preferences, design sensibilities and needs. Choose the shade options that make the most sense and that are the most attractive to you.

About the Author: Jill T Frey

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