If you put the time and money into great outdoor living but just can't stand the heat you've probably realized just how vulnerable we are to harmful sun rays and stifling afternoon heat.
Depending on the location of your deck or patio harmful rays are most damaging at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the day.
If your deck faces westward it (and you) get the harshest rays. Even to the point that your patio area is basically unusable a few months out of the prime grilling season because of the discomfort of the heat that is generated.
Sure, you can spend big bucks for retractable awnings but they kind of defeat the whole vision you may have had to what outdoor living was supposed to be like - the outdoors, right?
How do you get nature back into nature when the sun is beating down on your outdoor space?
Consider pergolas that you can match up to nearly any design theme you want.
Even in the early stages pergola frames are great for protection from harmful UV rays and bad weather.
One of the most advantageous and flexible features of a pergola is the ability for you to use natural plants to accent and shade your prime seating and grilling areas.
Ivy or trumpet vines are popular choices and fairly fast growing.
As with any outdoor planting choice be sure to check your growing zone and hours of sunlight required for a healthy plant life.
The other attractive feature of pergolas is the ability to choose the type of material, color and design to match your over outdoor and home area. You want to avoid the "band aid" look at all costs as it can affect your future resale value.
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