Keeping your Stephenville home cool is a top priority during the summer months! Whether you’re looking for immediate relief or a more long-term solution, creating shade is perhaps the easiest and most effective way to bring down the heat. Here are some ideas to beat the heat!
For immediate relief, consider things like umbrellas, awnings and patio tents. They instantly create shade, and with so many on the market, there’s something for every budget. In fact, you can even find patio umbrellas at most grocery stores. If you can find one that tilts, you’ll be able to block the sun from any angle.
If you’re okay with investing more time and money into your shade project, retractable awnings create a permanent shade structure for outdoor areas. Most will create shade up to 12 feet from your home, and a motorized version means that shade is just a click away. Cost definitely depends on the size of the awning, but most range between $400-$3,000.
For something less time- and money-intensive, think about a portable awning. You can move them around and create shade wherever you need it most. SunSetter’s Large Oasis Freestanding Awning measures 16 feet by 10 feet and offers 160 square feet of shade. Cost ranges from $1,549 for a manual unit to $2,099 for a motorized one.
Patio tents are like a cloth gazebo, and there are a variety of them on the market that makes entertaining a breeze when it’s warm. Target has an inexpensive option for $50 (the Outdoor Patio Pariesienne Gazebo Canopy), or for a more equipped version, try Sears Garden Oasis Lighted Gazebo. Complete with lights and netting, it will set you back $700.
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