We spend much of our time indoors. However, do not ignore the exterior of your home. It requires as much attention as the interior. The major problem with the exterior is that it is subject to environmental variables like sunlight, rain, wind, humidity, and so on. One of the ways to protect the exterior is to use shades .These shades do not occupy useable space in your home and they provide some protection against environmental conditions.
Shades are mostly used in the terrace to keep it free from rain. This way you can sit out doors under the shade and enjoy the rain shower. Beautifully designed shades add to the artistic look of your home. A shade is necessary to protect you from solar rays when you swim in a pool, so most of the time you find shade around pools, too.
Shades are of different types. The shades used in party decorations are mostly tents. These are called canopies as they cover a wide area. They provide sufficient space for the sitting arrangement of people as well as an open space for keeping tables and chairs for dining and drinking. In a canopy, several poles hold a beautiful shaded fabric above heads to provide protection. This makes the party more enjoyable as it gives some protection against adverse weather during party time. For more privacy, a side flap is added. This way, no one from outside can steal a look in. Innovations have led to the fitting of canopies with airflow devices to make the interior of the canopy well ventilated.
It is not necessary to have a fixed shade for areas such a porch. Instead, you can use deck awnings. These are fitted over large windows using suitable attachments. You must keep in mind the region you are living in. If it snows heavily then you must keep in mind that heavy snowfall damages the frame of deck awnings.
Deck awnings are made easy to use by the introduction of a mechanical drawl system. Of course, manual retraction is also available. The crank method or lateral arms method are examples of manual retractions. If you want to shop for something economical for your exterior then go for a free standing or an unattached sunshade.
Another option is a gazebo. It is an independent structure consisting of a ceiling and a floor. The floor covers an area of about few square yards. Nowadays iron or steel gazebos are widely available. Moreover, if you want you can go for a gazebo of your desired size built from wood. You are well aware of your exterior and the environmental conditions existing in your area so select the shade accordingly.
Each of us is fond of the beautiful umbrella shades placed near ponds. How eye catching these shades are. They really add a pretty look to your exterior. Modern umbrellas are available in vast variety and have many additional features in them. It is up to you to choose one to your liking. Light fitted umbrellas are used in dark areas. Some umbrellas do not even have poles now. This is because people feel these poles obstruct their view. Therefore, an umbrella that swings out from a tangential arm is also available.