The Q&A Archives: Increasing Summer Shade

Question: I want to add an outdoor design element that will be functional in the spring, but still provide some shade when summer rolls around. Do you have a suggestion that does not involve an umbrella?

Answer: A pergola is a great way to provide some shade while creating a beautiful design element. This versatile structure instantly creates an outdoor room that can reflect your personal decor touches to become an entertaining area, a spa getaway or an outdoor living room.

A pergola can be built out of wood, vinyl or metal. All have their advantages, however a pergola made of wood is the traditional European look. There are ready-to-assemble or DIY pergolas available at The Home Depot.

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