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Shade Options for Your Outdoor Living Space—We Have Several!


Do you want more shade for your deck or patio—and not just shade now and then, but reliable shade? How much shade do you want? While that may seem like a crazy question, the shade solution we recommend for you will depend on your answer. At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we have a variety of ways we can provide shade for the areas you enjoy outdoors. The more comfortable you are outdoors, the more time you’ll want to spend there. Whether you’re entertaining, dining with family or enjoying well-deserved downtime, we can match your shade requirements with one or more of the options below.

Screened porch

For the most cohesive integration of a shade structure into an outdoor living design, we prefer to design and build them together. If you’re currently planning a new deck or patio, consider incorporating shade into the overall design. If you need to add shade to an existing outdoor space, we can usually add one of our shade structures to create the amount of shade you have in mind.

Covered Porch or Patio

Covered porch

Covered porchThe most solid, sturdy shade cover is a roof. That’s why so many homes have porches! Long before we had air conditioning in our homes, our grandparents or great-grandparents sat outside on a porch to enjoy fresh air and shade on a sunny day. At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we have designed and built all kinds of beautiful porches, and they all have one thing in common: shade.

Do you have a deck or patio you’d like to replace with a covered porch? If your deck is situated so the sun seems to beam down on it all summer long, you may get more use out of a porch in that spot. One of the best features of a porch these days—besides a roof—is a ceiling fan. Shade and breezes work together to keep us cool outdoors, turning a still, hot day from uncomfortable to downright pleasurable.

If your idea of an outdoor lifestyle revolves around a patio, designing your patio with a roof is also an option. Covered patios are perfect for cookouts, open-air dining and all kinds of parties because you’re protected from rain showers as well as the sun’s UV rays.

Pergola and Deck Pairing

Covered deck

Pergolas are more than accessories; they can be essential design elements that provide shade for your deck—and a bit of flair, too. Shade is just one of several reasons to incorporate a pergola into your deck design! The amount of shade a pergola provides can vary greatly, which is something not everyone realizes. That’s why we ask, “How much shade do you want?” We can adjust a pergola’s design to increase or decrease the amount of shade it will provide for you.

Read more: Designing Your Custom Deck and Pergola Together Just Makes Sense!

Sundance Louvered Roof pergola

Covered porch

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your Dayton-area dealer for Sundance Louvered Roof pergolas. These structures take a pergola’s shade function a step further by allowing you to easily adjust the amount of shade you get at any moment. With the touch of a button, you can change the angle of the louvers overhead. You can close the louvers completely for total shade or open them to the full up-and-down position for total sun. The Sundance Louvered Roof pergola is water-tight when the louvers are closed, so it can protect you from rain as well. We can design your outdoor living space so the Sundance Louvered Roof pergola is tied into your home’s roof or exterior wall, or free-standing.

Natural Light Patio Cover

Covered porch

The name tells the story here! The Natural Light Patio Cover is made of shatter-resistant panels that protect you from UV rays and reduce heat while allowing light through. The panels are available in acrylic or glass. We can attach this shade structure to your home’s exterior surface, the fascia or the rooftop. To achieve the most cohesive design for your outdoor space, we prefer to incorporate the Natural Light Patio Cover when we design your deck or patio.

ShadeTree Canopy

Covered porch

If you’re looking for a splash of color atop your pergola, we may suggest a product from ShadeTree Canopies. We can include one of these canopies with your pergola design, and a retractable option is available. The decorator awning fabrics are guaranteed not to fade, and the colors can certainly liven up your backyard! If you’re looking to add a beachy vibe to your outdoor living space, ShadeTree Canopies would be a great way to create that.

Covered porch
These Washington Township homeowners opted for a shade-loving custom poolside pergola to beat the heat!

The best time to include a shade cover in your outdoor living space design is when we’re first designing it. We help homeowners anticipate their need for shade so we can incorporate that into the plan rather than add it after the fact. When you’re planning a new deck—or revitalizing one—consider the ways you might want to bring shade into the mix.

Are you ready to add a new porch or perhaps a deck or patio with a shade component? Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today at (937) 563-4847, or via email at