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Shade Solutions - Pergolas, Canopies, and Mosquito Curtains

Your backyard is your retreat. It is your escape. It is where you go to relax, where you enjoy precious moments with the children and entertain your friends and family. Sometimes though, the summer sun is especially hot and the mosquitoes and bees swarm around you. When this happens, do you find yourself mulling over just what you should do?

Custom pergola designs

Shade and protection are the most logical conclusion, but is a screened porch or sunroom necessary to provide these attributes? Building a screen room may be the perfect solution for your family. Perhaps, however, you prefer the open atmosphere of your deck and patio, or a room isn’t the sort of investment you are looking for at this time. Fortunately, Archadeck has many options when it comes to shade and bug protection.

Pergola with canopy and mosquito curtains
Chicagoland pergola with canopy for shade and mosquito curtain for protection from insects

Pergolas can provide a substantial amount of shade; and for many, this is perfect. If you’re looking for more coverage, installing a canopy on the pergola is an excellent option. Canopies allow you the flexibility to let in as much sunshine as you choose or create as much shade as you need at any given time. Adding mosquito curtains offers protection from pesky little insects. You are able to pull them closed when the mosquitoes and bees are out or open them back up when such protection is not necessary. Not only are they versatile and functional, but the curtains also add a beautiful and elegant touch to any pergola.

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we think beyond the basic four posts with crossing rafters and help you customize a shade structure that compliments your home and displays your fantastic taste.

Spruce up the classic pergola by customizing your end pieces.

White cedar pergola
White cedar pergola in Lake Forest, IL

Add lathing to create heavier shade.

Custom cedar pergola
Cedar pergola in Naperville, IL

Maximize the shade and protection from the sun (and even a light drizzle!) by installing a canopy system on your pergola.

Custom wood pergola
Wood pergola with retractable canopies

Attach a lattice or privacy wall to your pergola to create a more private environment in your backyard

Cedar pergola with lattice privacy wall
Cedar pergola with a lattice privacy wall in Elgin, IL

Installing screens above the pergola or an outdoor fan for air movement also aid in bug protection.

Pergola with screens
Chicagoland pergola with screens

Looking for a little more flair? Try something with a unique design, such as a multi-level or curved pergola.

Multi level vinyl pergola
Multi-level vinyl pergola in Northbrook, IL

Curved pergola over deck
Curved pergola in La Grange, IL

Are you ready to discuss options for adding the perfect shade and insect protection solution for your Chicagoland backyard? Sign up for a free design consultation or call Archadeck of Chicagoland at (847) 250-4100to speak with a design consultant and begin creating your new dream space.