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How to Add Shade to Your Yard

Tips to Help Beat the Heat

This month of July has already broken records for the heat index, and experts are predicting it’s a trend that could continue over the next decade. A covered area with protection from the sun can cool down areas by 10 to 25 degrees.

If you’re looking for ways to take shelter from the blazing sun, the following ideas can help:

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Covered Porticos or Pavilions

The most effective way to add shade is with a covered patio, portico or pavilion. These structures can be made of wood, stone, PVC or aluminum. They’re customizable to every shape, size and style. There are even smart StruXure pergolas that adjust their louvers to direct, partial and closed sunlight.

Add an Awning

A canopy awning is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without melting in the sun. They can be permanent or temporary, depending on your preference, and come in a wide range of colors and styles. There’s a reason why awnings are frequently used at the beach to protect from direct sunlight.

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Plant Shade Trees or Ivy

A trellis or row of trees is an environmentally friendly way to add shade. While it may take some time for the plants and shrubs to grow, they will offer year-round sun protection when they do. If you’re looking to upgrade your landscaping, a landscape designer can show you the best kinds of trees and ivy to use that will thrive in this climate. 

Fabric Canopy Sail

If you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective way to add temporary shade, a large canopy strung between posts offers immediate shade. The extra-large fabric comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Because it’s not a load bearing material, it should be taken down during heavy storms and in the winter before snow.

Outdoor Curtains

If you already have a covered deck, outdoor curtains can offer additional sun protection. They can be pulled aside to enjoy the air and closed when it rains. Curtains also add style to your backyard.