Have you ever spent a hot summer day, grilling and eating food on a patio and enjoying the company of friends, but struggle as you deal with the sun in your eyes?
Or perhaps you had to cut your party or gathering short because of rain?
These are things that you might not consider until it’s too late. Here are some solutions to help you keep your home and patio sheltered all year long.
The first thing that you can do to ensure that your patio stays sheltered throughout the year is to build it according to your needs and the environment.
Building a durable roof will ensure that you can rely on it during different seasons. Taking this step early on during your planning and building prior to completion also ensures that you don’t have to worry as much finding other solutions after you have completed your project.
The materials and designs will vary on what you need, but also what your aesthetic desires are.
If you want something more airy, consider using slits at a slanted angle that will allow for condensation like water and snow to slide off while providing the ability to see through them or promote airflow through them.
If the airflow is not a concern, and you want a visual aesthetic, you can also utilize glass or plastic roofing material to protect you from different elements without obstructing your view.
If you have already built your patio, but you did not consider a roof to go over it, you will definitely need to find a solution for rain or even the sun on, particularly hot days.
A canopy that can extend and retract can provide you that solution to those problems. The fact that canopies operate in such a way where they are not permanently installed means you can adjust them according to the forecast and weather.
This is especially important in windy areas and makes the ability to retract them beneficial for durability and functioning for longer times. This also means canopies are also good for smaller areas, spaces, and homes, allowing you to adjust the coverage accordingly.
For those that are looking for alternative solutions for shelter and shade, and still feel that a canopy is too big or bulky to install over your patio or desired space, large umbrellas are a great way to provide you the shade and shelter you want.
Umbrellas are specifically beneficial for much smaller areas, even fitting on some balconies of apartment buildings.
It is important that you anchor it down as umbrellas are susceptible to blowing away in windier conditions. Umbrellas vary in their portability and size, being able to move them and angle them according to where you need them.
They can be fixed atop communal dining tables out in your yard as well for hosting events and gatherings like BBQs. They are also a friendly option for those working with tighter budgets.
Shades, Curtains, and Blinds
One important thing to consider when you identify that you need to shelter your home from different elements is shade inside. The shelter is commonly associated with rain and the outdoors but also includes your windows.
There will be times that you want to shelter from different elements outside, whether that is the light or sound coming from outside, into your home. Different shades, curtains, and blinds help with that, depending on your needs.
If you want blinds that allow some visibility and light, certain shades might be the way to go.
Alternatively, if you need something that blocks light more effectively, and is easier to utilize, roller blinds are sufficient for those needs. Also, consider thicker blinds if you want to dilute noises such as construction or traffic.
One other way of providing your home and patio with shelter all year long is adding trees onto your property if you are a home and property owner.
Trees provide many benefits. They are a natural solution that can provide some shade, and even protection against rain and even wind. These, of course, require time to plant and grow, so it needs to be something that you consider years in advance. In cities that are growing upwards with towers, buildings, and condos, trees also provide an aesthetic look and are great for the environment.
These different solutions will vary in terms of what your needs are. There are various solutions, ranging in needs, looks, and prices that you all need to consider in order to make the right sheltering decisions for yourself.
Consider how important shelter is with your home and you might save yourself some time and energy in the long run.