The outdoor areas of a home can be a beautiful space to enjoy throughout the year, but can often be overlooked through lack of protection from the elements.
A lack of shade in summer can make an area unbearably hot, and conversely the risk of rain in winter can render areas unusable without proper waterproof overhead covering. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of outdoor covering options so you can choose the one that suits you, your lifestyle and your outdoor space!
Patios or pergolas
Patios and pergolas are a great solution if you are looking for a permanent outdoor covering. They can be made from a variety of materials, from timber to steel, and can include a range of coverings from waterproof to purely sun shading materials. They can be costly to install but should last for many years and will provide a permanent solution to outdoor entertaining. If you are looking for a sturdy, solid, and permanent solution, and have the funds available, then a patio may be the way to go.
Umbrellas are a great way of providing shade from the sun or protection from the rain in small areas. They are available in a large range of sizes so you can choose one depending on the space you wish to cover. They are portable and versatile, so you can move them around wherever you wish, and take them with you if you move house! If you are looking for an inexpensive, portable solution that is flexible, then an umbrella could be the perfect solution. However, if you are someone who is not good at putting things away then an umbrella may not be the best choice for you, as they may not withstand harsh weather conditions.