6. Include a Gazebo in Your Design
Gazebos can be costly, but they look beautiful. It’s a room that you can sit in, whether it’s blazing hot or raining, and it should last for years. You also benefit from additional shade around the gazebo, depending on the time of day.
7. Use Patio Umbrellas
A patio umbrella is a tried and tested method of staying cool in the shade of your deck during summer. Free Standing umbrellas look elegant, and you can even get custom patio parasols to match your yard’s design. Offset umbrellas mean there’s no pole in the middle of your outdoor dining table. They’re usually completely adjustable, so you can protect yourself and your loved ones against the sun all day.
8. Opt for a Palapa
Palapas are unique because they have a thatched roof, which some people find incredibly appealing. If you’re looking for that tropical-paradise-at-home look, this could be the perfect deck cover alternative for you.
9. Keep a Pop-Up Canopy Handy
You’d be surprised at the variety of pop-up canopies and tents you can purchase to add temporary shade to your deck, although you might have a little trouble if it’s windy. Plus, pop-up canopies are usually designed for use on grass as opposed to decking boards.
10. Create a Marquee
If you have a basic pavilion structure on your deck, you can create a marquee out of fabric, plants or bamboo. A marquee is a basic covering that provides a little shade, but you wouldn’t be able to rely on it for the hottest time of day.
11. Get a Roof
A roof is probably the second most expensive option because it involves structural design. It’s not the sort of project you could attempt to DIY, but the results would be incredible. If you wanted to show off, you could get an electronic retractable roof installed on your deck. During the winter, it shelters you from the rain, and in summer, you get an excellent deck coverage option.
12. Install a Balcony
Now, this is the most expensive option out of all of them. If you opt for a balcony, you’ll need to install a multi level deck. The upper level of the deck offers shade to the bottom levels during the day, and on balmy evenings you and your loved ones can gaze off into the sunset. This is the most aesthetically pleasing option, but you’d need to have the time and money available for major work on your property.
13. Try Shade Sails
If you don’t like the idea of building expensive structures in your yard, why not opt for affordable and trendy shade sail? Hang shade sails strategically from points in the garden to the upper and lower windows of your home and you’ll have shade. You can adjust them as the sun moves across the sky, too.
14. Get a Pergola
A pergola is another structure with an open slatted roof, so it doesn’t provide the level of shade you get from a filled-in ceiling. However, it’s an affordable and adaptable option. You can add fabric, shade screen, plants or outdoor curtains to offer deck shade in summer.
15. Plant Trees
The most rewarding but most long-term solution is to plant trees. Be careful about where you plant if the tree is going to get big and tall; you don’t want it to block the light going into your home.
Explore Deck Coverage Options with an Expert
Call Prince William Home Improvement today at 866-799-7944 to arrange a free estimate from one of our deck specialists. We can help you to match your deck, landscaping and hardscaping for your dream backyard.