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Best Ideas for Adding Shade to Patio

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Stephen Carruthers

Stephen Carruthers is an expert patio roof builder combining years of construction experience and local climate knowledge to create inviting, durable outdoor spaces.

A patio is an excellent outdoor space for relaxing, entertaining guests, and spending quality time with family and friends. But the intense and uncertain weather makes it challenging to enjoy your patio throughout the year. 

A shade structure to your patio provides a more comfortable and inviting space. Without a shade structure, prolonged exposure to the sun or heavy rains can damage your outdoor furniture. That’s why adding shade extends the lifespan of your outdoor furniture. More so, you do not have to worry about the aesthetics of your outdoor space. It adds aesthetic value to your patio by creating a focal point and enhancing its overall design. 

Here are the best shade structures you can add to your patio.


A pergola is a versatile and stylish way to add shade to your patio. It consists of vertical posts supporting crossbeams and an open lattice roof. You can add climbing plants, such as wisteria or ivy, to the structure to create a natural and beautiful shading effect. Pergolas can be made of wood, metal, or vinyl and come in various sizes and styles to suit any patio design.


An awning is a practical and cost-effective way to provide shade to your patio. It comprises a fabric or vinyl cover extending from a wall or roof over the patio area. Awnings can be retractable or fixed, and they come in various colours and patterns to match your home’s exterior. Awnings are easy to install and can be customised to fit your patio’s size and shape.

Shade Sail

A shade sail is a stylish and modern way to add shade to your patio. It is a large fabric, usually made of UV-resistant material, stretched tightly between several anchor points. Shade sails come in various shapes and sizes and can be adjusted to shade different areas of your patio throughout the day. They are easy to install and add a unique and contemporary look to your outdoor space.

Retractable Shade

A retractable shade is a convenient and flexible way to add colouring to your patio. It consists of a fabric cover that can be extended or retracted using a manual or motorised system. Retractable shades can be installed under a pergola, attached to a wall, or freestanding. They come in various colours and patterns and can be adjusted to shade different areas of your patio throughout the day.

You can install several shade structures on your patio, but the best one depends on your style, preference, and budget. Create a comfortable outdoor space to relax and enjoy throughout the year. If you need help deciding which shade structure best caters to your needs, contact us. We can assist you with this.

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