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Why Quick Fix Outdoor Shade Solutions Are A Bad Idea

We feel you. You love your outdoor living spaces. They bring you an inexplicable amount of joy, leisure, and peace. But during certain times of the day, the sun is a problem. A big problem.

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Archadeck of Akron custom patio cover with outdoor fireplace.

Instead of rushing back into the house when you can no longer tolerate the heat from the sun’s rays, you’ve been thinking about getting some sort of shade structure to help you out when that intensity is just a little too much to handle.

So, remember the last time you stopped the garden center, or your local big box store to pick up a few items, and you noticed the seasonal displays toward the front of the store with outdoor living furniture underneath stretched canvas canopies?

Pole Kit Canopy

This is NOT a permanent shade solution for the long haul!

Sure, it all looked very welcoming. Those displays seemed to say, “Come on in and take a load off. Summer is coming. Yippee!”

Granted they looked cool, inviting and interesting. But in the scheme of all things outdoor in Akron, are they a good investment?

Will they stand the test of time? Or better yet, will they last the season?

Backyard Canopy Damage

Flimsy canvas can fall victim to wind and sun exposure can degrade them after time.

What happens when Akron’s high winds kick in? You know what I’m talking about. The spring and summer seasonal winds that hail from the west and the west southwest. Do you really think that a piece of fabric is going to stand up to the rigors of those strong and frequent gusts?

Is it Time for a Real Porch

Isn’t it time you invested in a permanent shade solution for your backyard?

And should you decide to leave that temporary shade set up outdoors during the fall and winter months, can you just imagine what it is going to look like the following spring? Not pretty, I’ll tell you.

A better option for most homeowners would be to protect those spaces with a permanent shade solution. Those outdoor shade kits and canopy and pole structures you see at those retail stores are small potatoes when it comes to value, longevity and performance.

Akron Backyard Shade Solutions

You may recall the refrain from a classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, “We need a more permanent solution to our problem,” as that is the issue here.

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Custom patio cover by Archadeck of Akron.

So, you may ask, what is the best permanent solution?

Just what does this Akron covered patio builder and Akron covered deck builder recommend to solve your lack of shade problem?


Yes, my friends. Permanence.

A permanent shade structure, custom designed to best fit and accent your outdoor living space is just what the doctor ordered. In this case, the doctor is Patrick Sluss, local owner and chief design consultant at Archadeck of Akron.

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Custom patio cover in Kent, OH, by Archadeck of Akron.

This Akron porch builder is more than just porches. He and his team also specialize in designing and building custom shade structures that get the job done, will stand the test of time, and be absolutely beautiful to look at 365 days a year. And that’s a promise you can take to the bank, as protected outdoor structures will yield a better return should you decide to eventually sell your home.

Having It Made In The Shade Is What We’re Talking About

If you are looking from a strictly value-add perspective, yes, covered patios, decks and porches are worth it. In the short term, they will give you a fun, unique space to relax in your backyard or host gatherings.

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Northfield, OH, covered patio by Archadeck of Akron.

In the long term, they will add dollars to your home's resale value, and you will see a return on your initial investment.

It is estimated that well-designed outdoor living spaces not only add 8-10% to home value, but also earn an ROI of over 80%.

Isn't It Time For A More Permanent Shade Solution For Your Backyard?

The next time you find yourself squinting in your backyard, remember this: Archadeck will design and build the finest structure that will protect you and your loved ones from the annoying and sometimes harmful rays of the sun.

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Our custom design solutions have earned us the respect and return business of hundreds of our neighbors throughout Akron, Barberton, Canal Fulton, Canton, Chippewa Lake, Clinton, Cuyahoga Falls, Dalton, Doylestown, Fairlawn, Hartville, Hinckley, Hudson, Kent, Marshallville, Massillon, Medina, Mogadore, Munroe Falls, North Canton, North Lawrence, North Royalton, Orrville, Peninsula, Richfield, Rittman, Seville, Silver Lake, Stow, Streetsboro, Tallmadge, Uniontown, and Wadsworth.

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Call us today to explore the wide variety of sun protection we offer. Or better yet, click right here to connect with us.

Patrick Sluss owner Archadeck of Akron

Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron