You’ve got your very own outdoor oasis. Perhaps you have some comfortable chairs, a nice fountain or garden, maybe even a hammock. There’s only one problem...it’s too hot outside to enjoy it! Well, we’ve got you covered. Don’t let the Florida heat ruin your day outside. Here are 5 ways to shade your outdoor living space:
Outdoor Screen Shades
These cable-guided roller shades are not only a nice addition to your outdoor living area, they’re also very functional. Protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays, outdoor screen shades come in a variety of colors and options, like top down and bottom up and syncing capabilities with your phone or tablet.
The great thing about outdoor screen shades is that they not only look great, they’re durable enough for outdoor use. Keeping you and your belongings protected from UV rays is crucial in the brutal summer heat.
Aluminum Plantation Shutters
It’s no secret that plantation shutters provide a clean, crisp look to any home, but having them installed outside? Probably not your best idea. Most shutters are made out of wood, which as we all can imagine, wouldn’t fare well in the rainy summer afternoons here in Southwest Florida.
Now, imagine having plantation shutters that were designed to withstand the elements. Aluminum plantation shutters not only have the look and operability of traditional shutters, they are made of (you guessed it!) aluminum, which can take on Florida’s rain and seemingly endless heat.
Aluminum shutters are adjustable, durable and can have the look that you choose, whether it be a painted or a stained one. They’re also weather-resistant and have little maintenance. Who says you can’t have that same great look in your outdoor living space?
Retractable awnings provide instant shade when you need it, or can roll up quickly when you don’t. Made of a metal framework, covered by fabric, retractable awnings are mounted directly onto your home and can be operated by a hand crank system or a motorized one. Being able to roll up out of the way is a key element in the success of this product, as there’s no hassle when it comes to storage.
Pergolas have a more decorative feel, and are built to blend into the decor of your outdoor patio. Pergolas can be covered with fabric or even plant vines to shield your space from the sun, all the while providing a private oasis for you and your family to enjoy in peace. Made mostly of wood, pergolas are a cost-effective way to provide a comfortable outdoor environment.
Thinking about building a pergola? Check out this great guide.
Plants & Rooftop Gardens
This “greener” option allows you to really showcase a more natural way to protect your outdoor living space. Choose plants that grow taller than most, or plant your greens on a roof structure. This is a great way to add functionality and style to your patio or deck. Trees are a great shading system, because they can reach larger areas, providing privacy and adding a natural beauty to your yard.
What’s Right For You?
It’s all a matter of preference, as no two options are remotely the same. You can choose to go with a rooftop garden oasis or a quick and simple, touch-of-a-button screen shade. No matter which way you choose to go, protecting yourself and your belongings from the sun is of the utmost importance. Why build that wonderful outdoor living area if you’re not going to be able to enjoy it?