A great patio is only great when it has great features that enhance its year round enjoyment. Patio canopies are one of those great features. Sometimes referred to as shade canopies or deck canopies, they turn a sun baked slab of cement or wood into an oasis of cool outdoor comfort.
Every great patio needs to deal with the sun and how it affects the comfort of your guests. Shade canopies come in many different styles to fit any need or decor. The selection is so wide that there are probably a few styles out there you’ve never seen.
Shade sails, for example, are one of the more interesting types of shade canopy. They are great for patios, decks and playgrounds and are very non-intrusive. They are usually made from polyester or nylon and UV treated to protect against the sun.
Often times they are meshed to allow diffused sunlight to stream through. They are usually triangular in shape and need anchor points on all three sides to stay in place and get the desired effect.
They are best suited for decks or patios that are close to another structure such as a house vs. out in the middle of the yard due to this anchoring requirement.
Of course there are other types of shade canopies that may met your needs. Pop up gazebos are another interesting solution particularly if you need portable shade. They are perfect for a day at the beach or lake and can be packed into the trunk of your car when it’s time to leave.
I see these all the time at parks for birthday parties and at craft fairs where the vendor has to protect not only themselves but their products from the damaging rays of the sun.
If all you need is a small part of shade to cover a table and chairs then a simple umbrella might do the trick. These come in many wonderful colors and styles. I particularly like the ones with wooden poles.
They give off a very stylish and natural look especially if your patio has teak, rattan or wicker furniture. While they are not as big as a gazebo canopy, they are less expensive and very easy to move around.
There are even off-the-wall umbrellas that are half circle shaped to fit up against a wall for smaller spaces such as balconies or small apartment areas!
There are so many different ways to get shade on your patio or deck that no one should have to sit in the sun. Whether an awning, canopy, shade sail or umbrella, there is a perfect solution out there for your particular needs.