4 Ways to Have Fun in the Shade This Summer

June 1, 2023 Outdoor Living

As the weather starts to warm up, spending time outdoors becomes more and more appealing. But with the sun beating down on you, it’s difficult to enjoy your outdoor living space without some form of shade. Fortunately, there are several options available for shade structures that can help you make the most of your patio or outdoor living area:

Temporary Fixes


A popular choice for smaller spaces, umbrellas are portable and can easily be moved to where they are needed most. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, making it easy to find one that matches your style and needs. However, they’re not always the most practical choice for larger areas and have a tendency to blow over on a windy day if not properly anchored.


Another popular option for outdoor living spaces, awnings are typically attached to the side of a house or building and can be extended or retracted as needed. Awnings come in a variety of materials, including canvas, acrylic, and vinyl, and can be customized to match the style of your home. This is a nice choice for providing shade over a larger area and can even be equipped with features like lighting or heating for added comfort. Temporary awnings primarily focus on providing shade and may have limited functionality compared to permanent options. For instance, they may not offer additional features like motorized operation, integrated lighting, or sensors for automatic retraction.


Another option for shade structures that are both practical and stylish, canopies can be freestanding or attached to a structure and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Canopies can be made from a variety of materials, including fabric, metal, or wood, and can be customized to match your style and needs. However, temporary canopies may not offer the same level of stability as permanent structures. They often rely on lightweight frames and temporary anchoring methods, which may not be as secure. This can be a concern in windy areas or during storms.

Permanent Structures

Patio Covers

This is a more permanent option for shade structures, as patio covers are typically attached to the home or a standalone structure. They come in a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, and vinyl, and can be customized to match the style of your home. Patio covers provide ample shade and protection from the elements, making them a great choice for outdoor living spaces that are used frequently. 

Permanent patio covers can also offer more than just shade. They can be designed to accommodate additional features such as integrated lighting, ceiling fans, heating elements, or even outdoor kitchens. This expands the functionality of your patio and allows you to enjoy it throughout different seasons. Working with TCP’s expert team ensures you’re getting a patio cover the exact way you want it, using only the best materials possible.

Ultimately, the choice of shade structure for your outdoor living space will depend on your individual needs and preferences. With the right shade structure in place, you can make the most of your outdoor living space all year round.

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