Not only will it make it a much more comfortable place to be, shade structures can also add an architectural element to your home. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can add shade to your place.
For small-scale shade, an umbrella is perfect. There are square, rectangular and circular designs and a range of colours to fit in with your décor. They can also be angled to keep the shade at it’s maximum as the day goes by.
A standard market umbrella with a central pole is great for shading an outdoor table or kids sandpit. Cantilevered umbrellas cover a larger area and don’t have a pole so you can make full use of the shade it creates. Relax under an outdoor lounge or use it to shade a courtyard or part of your deck.
Gazebos are freestanding structures that can be folded up for easy transport. Move it to a particular spot in the garden or take it with you to your next picnic. Some models even come with mesh sides, so lunch won’t be interrupted by swarms of flies.
If the pop-up style gazebo isn’t for you, then there are more contemporary options that are semi-permanent. The advantage of a more permanent option is that you don’t have to pull it down at the end of the day.
Shade sails are great for covering larger areas but still maintain an open feel because they appear to float over an area. Sails can be completely freestanding through the use of poles concreted into the ground or adjacent to the house by having one or two corners attached to it. If you’re doing this, you may have to reinforce the roof structure, as a sail can create quite a bit of force when the wind gets under it.
Shade sails are available in a range of colours, are square or rectangular in shape and are available in weatherproof material, so you can use your space even when it’s wet.
A sail can add an interesting feature to your house and using two sails set at different heights creates a look that is even more stunning.
A pergola is a permanent structure built over your entertaining area. Timber is a common material but you can also use steel or aluminium for something more streamlined.
When it comes to shade on a pergola there are plenty of options. Timber battens spaced across the top is a contemporary look while reed screening can add a tropical feel. Shade cloth stretched over the top provides up to 90% shade factor over your entertaining area without blocking the light completely.
A great natural option is to train a flowering plant over the pergola. A Bougainvillea provides shade all year round, whilst a Wisteria drops its leaves, letting the light through in winter.
Polycarbonate roofing gives you weather protection as well as shade, so you can head outside even when it’s wet. An opaque or tinted polycarbonate still allows some light through, but not too much heat. Check the product specifications before you decide which one to use.
So enjoy the warmer weather in the great outdoors with these great shade options.