The experts at Awnings and More share tips for creating more shade in your yard this summer. – As seen in Canadian Home Trends Magazine Cottage & Outdoor Living Special Edition 2021!

As much as we look forward to the sunny days of summer, shade is an important aspect of being able to enjoy the sunshine! Shade provides protection from harmful UV rays; it provides a space you can enjoy even when the sun is harsh and can also help to keep your indoor temperatures down as well! Here are 4 ideas for improving shade in your yard: for the best results, your shade plan should include a combination of these methods.

Plant It: Trees and shrubs can provide varying degrees of shade. Of course, it can require patience as they do need time to grow. Talk to your local nursery to find out what trees are best for your yard and which will grow quickest.

Outdoor Structures: Pergolas and gazebos are popular choices for outdoor structures. These are permanent, un-moving structures that can provide various degrees of shade with roofs, vines, mesh walls, etc.

Temporary Shade: Temporary gazebos and umbrellas can offer shade where you need it and be moved as required. Umbrellas provide a smaller shaded area but can be shifted easily.

Awnings & Screens: Awnings are a fantastic choice if you are looking for a permanent shade option that can be installed quickly, requiring minimal maintenance and still offering flexibility. A variety of awnings are available including retracting, pergola, pavilion, drop-arm and side shade awnings, allowing you to control the amount of shade you have at any time. You can also install patio and window screens that help to keep the sun from warming up your home in the summer.

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