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Turn Your Patio Into an Outdoor Oasis

Start With Shade

Spring has arrived, and summer is right around the corner. It’s time to think about that unused outdoor space. Maybe you would like to have family over for a few cookouts. Perhaps you want to start a garden or turn your deck into a calm and comfortable space for reading or yoga. Whatever your vision is, don’t let the hot sun or weather keep you from bringing it to life. The place to start when turning your patio or deck into an outdoor oasis is with an awning or patio cover. Both options are excellent shade solutions that allow you to take full advantage of your outdoor living areas.

Patio covers keep you cool and comfortable on hot sunny days. They are an affordable way to protect your patio or deck from inclement weather and add functional beauty to your yard. They come in several colors so that you can personalize them to your liking. Patio covers are usually constructed of durable materials, such as aluminum, that are low maintenance and easy to keep clean.

If you’re considering converting your patio into a screen or patio room, consider adding insulation. With an insulated cover, you can quickly transform the space into a screen room or sunroom if you desire the additional living space at a later date. Add ceiling fans to your patio cover for a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Fabric awnings are an excellent way to provide shade for your deck or patio. They come in a variety of styles and colors which allow you to express your unique style and add to your outdoor retreat’s aesthetic.

Awnings help reduce energy costs as about 20% of your home’s air conditioning load comes from the sun rays shining through your glass windows and doors. Awnings can help block this sun and save you money on cooling costs.

An awning’s canvas fabric can block the sun’s UV rays, which provides skin protection and helps you avoid sunburn. Plus, it feels about 15 degrees cooler under the shade of a fabric awning. Imagine a 90-degree day that feels only 75 degrees. That’s a place you want to be on a hot, sunny day.

Consider these fabric awning options to help transform your hot, sunny deck into the only place you want to be.

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Make it Your Own

Once you’ve chosen your perfect shade solution, think about how you will use your new shaded space then add the perfect finishing touches to create a relaxing retreat. Start by adding beautiful plants and flowers that like partial shade. Consider using Bee Balm, Citronella, Germaniums, or Pennyroyal as these plans help repel insects and don’t require much sunlight, which makes them ideal for shaded areas.

Add lights for late evening or night gatherings. There are many types of outdoor lights to choose from like, outdoor lanterns, solar lights, or bamboo lights. Or, get festive with string lights. Different types of lights can help keep insects away, such as citronella lamps and “bug” bulbs that are tinted yellow.

Sectionals, lounge chairs, hammocks or hanging swings, and fire pits create relaxing environments for daytime and nighttime. Consider metal, wicker, or rattan for outdoor durability. Throw pillows and outdoor cushions are both comfortable and add a nice pop of color. Don’t forget to throw in a few outdoor rugs to add a luxurious and welcoming touch.

So, why wait any longer? Take that unused living space and get the best out of your spring and summer.

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