Five fantastic ways to create shade for patios

As temperatures in the UK and St Albans soar again, and with one of the driest summers in recent times, it might be worth considering how you can create shaded spaces for your patio. Patios are ideal for sun worshippers, but we all need a break from intense UV rays. This article will show you five fantastic ways to create shade for patios.

Install a shade sail
Shade sails are not only highly effective, but they look great too. There are many different patterns and styles on the market, or you can create your own with some fabric cut into a triangle, some eyelets and strong rope to attach it to fence posts or the house exterior.

Use a screen
There are many examples of high-quality electric screens that you can install on your patio to provide shade at the flick of a switch. However, these are expensive methods to shield yourself from the sun. There are screens you can roll manually, or a trellis offers similar results if you’re on a tight budget.

A pergola provides a halfway house for those that want to feel the sun but still want some protection from harmful UV rays. The slated form of the classic pergola offers enough light and shade to achieve a compromise.

If your pergola still requires additional temporary shade, consider fitting a pair of curtains to the wooden slats. Curtains are inexpensive to create extra shade and still provide an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space.

If you’re a fan of the traditional, then why not opt for a simple large umbrella to keep you covered from the sun? Many stylish and contemporary-looking umbrellas on the market can provide all the shade you need.
If you own property in St Albans but you don’t currently have a patio to enjoy, contact us today for more information on how we can help create a summer idyll hideaway for your home.