Adding shade structures to your outdoor space

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Shade structures are outdoor accessories that help homeowners enjoy the spring, fall, winter and summer seasons. They can be used to shield a patio, balcony, veranda, deck and porch from the harsh rays of the sun. They can also be built into a garden or backyard to add character to the space.

A gazebo, either attached or free standing, adds a romantic and traditional feel to any landscape. Benches can be added to the whole setup, giving homeowners a cool spot to relax during spring or winter afternoons. The ornamental feature can be an attractive addition to patios, lawns, gardens, backyards or the poolside. Just make sure that the materials are as durable as they are attractive.

Sip your morning tea in your small garden under an arbour or pergola. It is typically a wooden or vinyl structure with open lattice which can be covered with trailing plants or shade. This works best to those with a tight budget. A bench can be attached to it to give your garden a cool accent.

While away time in your backyard or by the pool with a shade sail. This type of outdoor canopy is a very easy DIY and is available in different shapes, sizes and colours.

The most basic, functional and one of the most effective shades that never goes out of style is the freestanding umbrella. Invest in a bright and colourful type to give life to your poolside. Convenient and portable, it can be easily moved from one place to another.

Make the warm season bearable by installing a fabric canopy or awning on your deck. Use deck railings to anchor the canopy to turn the space into a restful one. Choose fade-resistant fabrics that can last from one season to another.

Adding shade structures to your open space allows you to utilise it in any kind of weather. Not only do they reduce the harsh effects of the sun, they also boost the appeal of your outdoor area. Remember, a well-landscaped outdoor space gives value to any property.

Handy Hints
• Common shade structures are pergolas, gazebos, arbours and umbrellas
• Vinyl patio covers are easy to maintain and resistant to any kind of damage
• Consider outdoor shades that are easy to clean, durable and fade resistant

Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer


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