It’s at the point in the summer when you’re almost longing for fall weather. Just a little break from the heat and humidity would be warmly welcomed.
With a few more months of heat ahead, your patio is starting to look like a pan on which you are being fried. Don’t let a few 90 degree days keep you indoors. We’ve rounded up a few ways to keep your patio cool this summer.
Add An Awning
Those in the Midwest know that while awnings and umbrellas are helpful in the summer, they can be trashed through the winter. Installing an all-weather or retractable awning will give you the freedom to feel the sun or sit in the shade on your terms can withstand the elements or be removed.
BrightCovers are the best of both worlds. They allow sunlight to pass through while protecting you and your family from beating sun, rain, and snow. BrightCovers hold up through the winter and keep your patio cool in the summer.
Sun sails are another modern and sleek way of protecting your patio from the summer sun. They are easily installed and can be taken down before leaves and snow begin to pile up.
Erect A Pergola
Not only do pergolas add class and style to your yard, they’re also a great way to add shade to your patio. Cover rungs with (non-invasive) ivy or other climbing vines to create beautiful, natural green shade.
Or get creative by building a pergola that is made-for-shade like the patterned on the right above. You can also add fabric or retractable canopies to your preexisting pergola.
Screen Your Patio
If you find yourself spending more time on your patio than indoors during the dog days of summer, it may be time you screen it entirely. If you aren’t committed to having a screened-in patio 365 days a year, there are a variety of retractable or roll-down options.
Another option for keeping in cool air is with patio curtains. Not only do they add beauty to your patio, they capture some of the air conditioning as people go in and out of doors.
Install A Mister
Whatever your current patio situation, installing a misting system is always a solid choice. Whether it’s attached to an existing structure or freestanding, a misting system provides relief from the heat and the inescapable humidity.