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Creating Shade: 6 Ways to Cool Off Your Backyard This Summer

Creating Shade: 6 Ways to Cool Off Your Backyard This Summer Creating Shade: 6 Ways to Cool Off Your Backyard This Summer
Summers are a scorcher here in the valley of the sun, and shade becomes as valuable as gold when our peak triple digit temperatures start coming around. When it’s that hot outside, it’s difficult to spend time anywhere other than in air conditioned spaces.

Many people become frustrated during the summer months because they can’t enjoy the outdoors or even areas like their own backyard. Even though there isn’t a way to turn down the thermostat of the Arizona summers, there are ways to create more shade in your backyard.

Just by adding a bit of shade in your backyard, you can cool down the area by 10 or 20 degrees. With results like that, there really is no excuse not to cover your backyard in as much shade as possible!

There are a variety of options when it comes to creating shade and some are more serious and long-term than others. Whether you want a temporary or permanent solution for shade, we have shade hacks just for you.

Some of the shade hacks we will help you to discover in this article are:

1. Umbrellas
2. Fabric canopy
3. Awning
4. Trees
5. Gazebo or cabana
6. Covered porch

1. Umbrellas

This simple quick fix can make all of the difference in your backyard this season. There are unlimited options when it comes to picking an umbrella for your backyard, and there is an option to fit any of your needs.

If you have a small backyard and just need a small, cheap umbrella, your local Walmart or Big Lots should have just what you need. However, if you have a large backyard and need an umbrella that will cover more surface area with shade, your local hardware store should have what you are looking for.

Beyond the size of the umbrella, there are also a lot of options when it comes to the quality and the functionality of them. Some umbrellas you find are extremely sturdy and can last for years in your backyard. If you have the budget to accommodate this type of purchase, this would be the best option to go with as the material it is made out of will do a really good job of blocking out the sun.

Some of the high-end umbrellas also come with the option of tilting in certain directions. This is helpful for when you are sitting on your patio during a time of day when your porch is in direct sunlight. Just simply tilt the umbrella in the direction of the sun and you will instantly feel cooler.

2. Fabric Canopy

This quick and inexpensive option is also a trendy and chic way to grab some shade in your yard. All this project needs is some fabric and a way to hang the fabric up around your porch area.

The fabric that you choose for this project is entirely up to you. If you want something more bohemian and wispy, a lighter type of fabric may be just what you’re looking for. Just keep in mind that you will want to take that type of fabric down before any rain comes along.

If you are looking for something sturdier and more resistant to UV rays, a suspended shade sail made from shade cloth or PVC might be a better option. These items usually range between $30 to $90 per square meter and are absolutely worth the investment.

3. Awning

This form of shade is a bit more of an investment than the previous options have been, but can yield years of shady benefits for you and your family. Awnings are extremely sturdy and generally waterproof and can provide large amounts of shade for your yard.

Some awnings come with the functionality of retracting which is great for you as it will help avoid any possible damage that could occur when a dust storm comes rolling through.

Awnings are a very popular option for shade here in the valley, and the options of colors and designs they come in will work with whatever kind of décor you prefer. Even though this might seem like a large upfront cost, awnings last for years and will allow for priceless family gatherings to take place in the dead of summer.

How can I keep my backyard cool this summer? How can I keep my backyard cool this summer?

4. Trees

One of the more obvious options for shade is to plant trees in the areas where you want to have shade. This may seem like a daunting task, however many people who plant trees in their yard for the purpose of shade are pretty happy with their decision.

One of the benefits of planting trees is that you are going with a more natural option for shade. Instead of putting some inanimate object in your yard that is expensive and high maintenance, a tree is a low maintenance alternative that can also offer benefits like grapefruit or mulberries (depending on the type of tree you plant.)

In order to find out which types of trees would do the best job at providing shade, take a look at this article that gives you all the details on this endeavor.

5. Gazebo or Cabana

What option could possibly be cozier than the addition of a gazebo or cabana in your yard? Even though most people go the route of building a gazebo for their yard, purchasing metal or iron stand-alone cabanas are becoming popular yard furniture that more and more people are taking advantage of.

Even though this option can be more expensive than an umbrella or a canopy, it can be multi-functional and be great for year-round family gatherings.

6. Covered Porch

One of the most substantial investments for shade that yield the greatest benefits would be the addition of a covered porch for your backyard. Many homes in Arizona already have this option, but for those of you who have a yard that is constantly exposed to the harsh sun and heat all summer long, the addition of a covered porch could be your saving grace.

The best thing about adding this to your yard is having the total freedom to customize it and make it look exactly how you want. You can make it as big or as small as you want, and you could choose the exact type of tiling or cement you want the flooring to be made of.

You could also add in other elements like an outside kitchen with a grill or fire place; the options are endless! At Imperial, we have all the materials you would need to take on this project. And since we are wholesalers, we can give you the best price in town.

Call us to find out more about helping you create more shade in your backyard this summer!