4 Ways to Add Shade to Your Backyard

4 Ways to Add Shade to Your Backyard 


As the heat of summer sets in, finding ways to stay cool becomes a top priority for many homeowners. Whether hosting a barbecue or enjoying a quiet evening outdoors, adding shade to your backyard can make all the difference. At Lyons & Island TIMBER MART, we have a variety of stylish and functional solutions to help you create the perfect shaded oasis. Here are some of our top recommendations to add shade to your backyard: 

1. Build a Pergola 
A pergola is a timeless addition to any backyard, offering aesthetic appeal and practical shade. These structures are often made of wood and can be customized to fit your space and style. Choose a pergola with a retractable canopy for adjustable shade, a design with climbing plants to create a natural, leafy cover. Pergolas are perfect for defining outdoor dining areas or creating a cozy lounge space. Install string lights to add ambiance and extend your outdoor time into the evening.

2. Add a Shade Sail 
Shade sails can add a modern touch to your backyard. They are made from durable, UV-resistant fabric, and can be stretched over large areas to provide significant coverage. Ensure your shade sail is securely anchored to withstand wind and weather. Adjustable turnbuckles and tensioning devices can help keep the fabric taut and stable.

3. Install a Gazebo 
Gazebos can provide a permanent enclosed shade solution, creating a luxurious retreat in your backyard. Build your own, or purchase a ready-to-go option. Add built-in seating, curtains, or screens for increased comfort and privacy. Gazebos are perfect for hosting gatherings, enjoying a meal, or relaxing away from the sun. Decorate your gazebo with outdoor rugs, cushions, and potted plants to make it a cozy, inviting space. 

4. Outdoor Umbrellas 
An outdoor umbrella is a versatile temporary and budget-friendly shade solution. Available in various sizes, colours, and operating styles, outdoor umbrellas can be easily moved to provide shade where it's needed most. Consider a cantilever umbrella for maximum flexibility, as it can be tilted and rotated to block the sun at different angles. We recommend using a weighted base or securing your umbrella to a sturdy anchor point to prevent it from tipping over in windy conditions.

Explore your options at Lyons & Island TIMBER MART. We can help you find the right shade solution for your backyard so you can spend more time outdoors this summer. 

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