Category Archives: Shade Solutions

Temporary Garages Expand Your Space

Temporary Garages
Winter weather can be harsh, and with so many things to protect, you can quickly run out of outdoor storage space. Cars, boats, campers, recreational vehicles, and even lawnmowers all need a dry, protected space to be stored for the winter. If you are lucky, your garage will hold one or two of these things. Where does that leave the rest of your tools and toys? Temporary garages might be the solution that you are looking for. Available in a wide range of sizes, they offer rugged protection against rain, snow, wind, UV rays, and other environmental factors. Steel frames and durable, long lasting cover materials make sure that your structure will last many years. They come with doors to offer complete protection. Expand your storage space and create enough room for ALL of your favorite outdoor things!

Enjoy Peace of Mind with a Wireless Wind Sensor

Wind Sensor for Retractable Awnings

Adding a retractable awning to your deck, porch, or patio increases the value of your home and allows you to enjoy your outdoor spaces in most kinds of weather.  When windy weather strikes, though, it can feel a bit nerve-wracking to keep your retractable awning open.  Awnings left open can act as sails in the wind, and on particularly windy days, they may become damaged by strong gusts.

If you have a motorized retractable awning, though, rather than a manually operated one, you can have peace of mind thanks to a nifty little gadget called a Wireless Wind Sensor.   Based on settings that you choose, the wind sensor monitors the effect of the wind on your retractable awning and closes it automatically when necessary.  So, when you are away from home or fully engrossed in at-home projects, the Wireless Wind Sensor will take care of your motorized retractable awning should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Side Post Umbrellas Provide Ultimate Shade

You don’t need a table with a hole in the middle in order to enjoy some shade while you dine.  You don’t even need a table at all.  With a side post umbrella, you can create your own shady zone of comfort no matter where you are in your yard or garden.  A side post umbrella, sometimes known as an offset umbrella, has its pole on the side rather than in the center.  One of the advantages of this is to maximize the amount of shade underneath the umbrella.

Having the pole at the side of the patio umbrella instead of in the center makes it possible to use any type of patio table or dining table, whether it has a center hole or not. You may also choose to forget the table altogether and simply place an arrangement of chairs under the side post umbrella for comfortable afternoon conversations with friends.

Most side post umbrellas tilt and/or rotate up to 360 degrees without ever having to be moved at the base, so you can enjoy the advantage of being completely shaded no matter the time of day.

Portable Shade Canopies: Endlessly Handy

I challenge anyone to find a portable structure that is handier than a shade canopy.  There is no apparent limit to the variety of ways that portable shade canopies can be put to use.  Here are just a few:

  • Set up a shade canopy along the sideline of your kid’s soccer games;
  • Use it to enjoy a comfortable, impromptu picnic in the backyard;
  • Keep it near the sandbox to provide the kids with extra shade as they play;
  • Bring a portable shade canopy along to the beach and create your own personal cabana shelter;
  • Set up merchandise tables under a shade canopy at your next garage sale;
  • Instantly create a covered dining area on the deck or patio.

Portable shade canopies are economical and durable; they are simple to put up and fast to take down.  Many come with their own tote bag, which makes for easy storage.  I keep a portable shade canopy in the trunk of my car, and it never ceases to amaze me how often I find a use for it when our family is out and about.  How do you use your portable shade canopy?

Relax in the Shade

Retractable Awning

Warm weather is upon us, and it’s only going to get hotter! Spring and Summer are prime times to get outdoors and enjoy your backyard. Sometimes, however, the sweltering sun can be too much to bear. If you aren’t blessed with shade trees covering your porch or patios, relaxation in the shade is still a possibility! Awnings and shade sails can both provide protection from the sun while also looking stylish and cool in your backyard.

For people opting for a semi-permanent or occasional shade for a patio or porch, a retractable awning is perfect choice. The motorized awning attaches to your home and rolls out at the touch of a bottom. Most come with a remote control, which allows you to adjust your awning without ever leaving your seat. While extended, these awnings provide complete protection from sun and rain. When you are in the mood for direct sunlight, they retract in minutes. They provide you with complete control of sun and shade with very little effort.

Shade Sails

Shade sails are intended to be a more permanent form of shade protection. They provide a super stylish alternative to a covered porch. Shade sails offer unique versatility because, unlike a retractable awning, the

y can be attached to almost any back yard structure, including your home, trees, or even installed columns. They are removable at the end of every season, but when you see how beautiful they are installed, you will want to leave them visible year round! They come in a variety of materials, offering different degrees of UV protection, and shapes so they can be customized to fit any taste.

Why limit your outdoor activity this summer because of the super hot sun? With a retractable awning or shade sail covering your porch, patio, or backyard area, you will be lounging in comfort all summer long! Sit down, relax, and enjoy the shade.