3 Attractive Ways to Create Backyard Shade this Summer

backyard with table and chairs on deck, shaded by a shade sail

Enjoy Hot Summer Days Under Cool Shade in Style

Everyone loves a hot summer day in the backyard, until it comes to sitting under the harsh rays and getting that first sunburn. Shade is essential. Some people think a large umbrella will do the trick, but hate how heavy, hard to open, and unattractive they are. Here at Goodwin-Cole, we believe you don’t have to sacrifice your style to get the shade you need. There are many attractive options out there to help you enjoy summer days to their full potential.

Outdoor Shade Sails Will Keep Your Backyard Cool

Outdoor shade sails are trending right now, because of their contemporary aesthetic and functional design. Shade sails are high-tension structures that stand up to the elements, including harsh UV rays and strong winds. They can be installed anywhere in your backyard in a number of attractive ways.

Shade sails are customizable to ensure you are keeping in line with the rest of your backyard decor. Don’t forget to browse through the wide selection of Sunbrella Marine fabric options. Stripes, patterns, and solid colors are all available to suit your style. 

Choose When You Want Your Shade with Retractable Awnings 

Retractable awnings give you the option to open or close your awning at will. Ready to wrap up the day and enjoy a night of backyard stargazing? Simply close up the awning when the time is right for you. You can also choose whether your retractable structure is motorized or manual, making the transition a breeze.

Awnings are structures that are usually attached to a wall. They are great if you have a patio right off the back or side of your home. Not only will it provide shade outside, it will keep the inside of your home cool as it works to block the sunlight. When not in use, the retractable fabric awning is stored in a sleek and secure way.

Slide Wire Canopies – a Hip & Modern Shade Structure

Another attractive option to keep your outdoor living space shady this summer is with chic slide wire canopies. You might recognize these structures from days at the pool or on beautiful restaurant patios. This option is another retractable structure, so you get to choose when and where you want your backyard shade — simply slide different panels open to let sunlight in, or close them all for full coverage.

A slide wire canopy is a high-end way to stay comfortable on hot summer days. With a range of panel colors and sizes to choose from, you can rest assured that this new addition will add a sleek and stylish look to your backyard. 

Expert Advice for Awning and Shade Structures

At Goodwin-Cole, we have been designing and manufacturing custom shade structures in Northern California for over 90 years. As summer heats up, our goal is to keep you cool. Contact us to learn more about your backyard shade options — we’ll help you determine which structure is right for your space and guide you through the customization process. 

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