Patio with canopy

It’s nice to spend some time outdoors, but the sun can be harmful when you are exposed too much to it. That is why setting up some shade around your building can be a great move.

Whether it is a walkway canopy to give you protection while walking around or an awning to cover your patio, adding shade to your office or hospitality business can allow you to enjoy the summer without getting overheated. Here are a few ideas on what you can do to add some levels of protection to your property:

Canopies

A simple way to add shade is to set up a few walkway canopies. Most canopies are simple fabric ones that are stretched over a frame. There are different ways to set it up. The most popular way is to have a frame and then to stretch the canopy over it. These canopies are great for providing shade since they are usually fabrics, giving an airy feel to it.

Place these canopies near the pool or near your grill so that you or your employees and guests can relax near them. Installing them doesn’t even need to be difficult; just anchor them to a deck railing or two. Some canopies can actually be retracted back so that you only deploy them when it is hot.

Pergolas and Arbors

Pergolas and arbors are more solid options for your backyard shade. Pergolas are often simple wooden structures with slats for its roof. An arbor is similar in shape and is often made of wood or iron. These will be a bit more difficult to set up since you’re going to construct them. There are several DIY sets available, but having contractors set them up for you would probably be better.

The great thing about these structures is that you can grow some vines and plants around them, which will make it even cooler and will provide additional shade.

Awnings

Backyard awning

If you want to relax near your property, then awnings are a good choice. This is mostly because they are attached to the main body of the building. Awnings often just extend the roof a bit. It has another bonus benefit since it will cover the windows and protect the rooms from being exposed to sunlight.

Depending on your choice, you can have a simple fabric awning or a more durable aluminum or fiberglass one. They can be retractable or permanently. If they are permanent, you will need to invest time and money in its maintenance.

Umbrellas

One of the simplest ways to get some shade for your property is the use of table umbrellas. Patio umbrellas are very easy to set up. Just open them when you need them. There are various models available, so you can choose one that will fit your backyard. One should be enough if you want to cover a small corner of your property.

Adding some shade to your office or hospitality business protects you and everyone who uses it from the harsh sun. It’s a great improvement project since it increases the comfort level in your property.