If your patio is on the south or west side of your house and there is not shade from trees or buildings, you should consider something for shade. The afternoon and late day sun is going to be very intense and may keep you from enjoying your patio during the summer months. The most popular structure is a pergola/arbor. Typically constructed from cedar lumber, which is beautiful and naturally rot-resistant, they can, however, be constructed from other types of lumber, or even vinyl if you are looking for a no-maintenance solution. The amount of shade these structures can provide is based on the size and spacing of the slats on the top.
There are other options too. A pavilion, which has an actual roof, is more of an “all weather” structure when compared to a pergola. As with pergolas and arbors, a pavilion has different options for construction, from simple and rustic, to sleek and modern. We can even attach something directly to your house and blend it with your existing materials to make it appear it’s always been there!
Sometimes clients don’t even need a pergola or arbor for the shade, but just like the look and want the structure for dimension or hanging a swing, plants, lights, or other décor. Whatever the case, we can help you seamlessly integrate a structure into an existing or new outdoor living area.
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