How To Shade A Patio Or Deck When On A Budget

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By Adrian Cruce

How To Shade A Patio Or Deck When On A Budget

Having a deck or a patio is great during summer but if it is not shaded properly, you simply cannot use it most of the time, which is a disgrace. The good news is that it is not at all difficult to shade your deck or patio. In fact, there are various options that are available, many being much cheaper than you imagine, especially when compared with the initial cost of the deck/patio. If you are concerned with the money that you need to put into the project, the following options are some you will have to seriously take into account.

Canopy Awnings

Canopy Awnings

These features will be installed permanently but you can remove the fabrics for cleaning or replacements. Canopy awnings are structures that are fabric based and that are supported by a rigid frame bolted to the deck. Frames do become a part of the deck and the fabric can be replaced whenever you see fit. High quality fabrics can last for around 15 years.

The advantages of shading a patio with a deck include the fact that full shading or partial shading is offered. Shade cloth will not sag and is resistant to tears in most cases. Strong winds, hail and rain will not be a problem. There are no parts that can break or jam since the structure is permanent. However, since it is not retractable, the awnings will not offer a great way to let sun in unless you remove fabrics, which does take some time and is usually a 2 man job.

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Pergolas

Pergolas

Pergolas are great for those looking for partial shades. You can so easily build your very own and then just train vines over it. This is a natural based structure that can work perfectly with the design of your current patio or deck. The prices are usually really cheap so you will save a lot when you use pergolas.

Retractable Awnings – Support Arm

Retractable Awnings – Support Arm

A retractable awning is made out of a solid metal framework that is covered with fabric. Frames are mounted to the house’s sides. There are even models that have diagonal arms you can use. The advantage of using them is that you can easily use them for shade or roll up in the event that you do not need to use them. There is no storage hassle and no permanent deck structure is necessary. The big problem is that a retractable awning will extend around 10 feet but will be around 20 feet wide. That means that the awning that has a support arm rarely shades an entire deck. Stronger winds can also damage frameworks if you forget the awnings open.

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Partially Open Retractable Canopies

Partially Open Retractable Canopies

These are quite versatile and a favorite of ours. These are large structures that you build over the patio/deck and mount to the decking and the house. Shading fabric will slide along installed overhead tracks. Each of the canopies you install can be operated independently. However, you will want to consider the installation only when you actually plan a rand new deck since installation with an existing model is difficult.