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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.

Screened Porches

We are the premier builder of screened porches, as well as covered porches in West Central Ohio and the surrounding region. Building custom outdoor living environments and structures is all we do. When considering a screened porch addition, it is always best to use a professional. In fact, choose America’s #1 outdoor living space designer and builder – Archadeck.

Dayton OH Screened Porch

Gone are the days of the covered porch with screens stapled to posts for an enclosure. Today’s screened porches can be as simple as you’d like or as luxurious as you’d like. Whether you prefer a minimalistic design or a space with all the bells and whistles outdoor living in a screened porch is effortless.

custom screened porch

Screened-in porches today can be over-sized entertaining areas, cozy retreats, and everything else. The shape and size possibilities are endless. We’ll work with you and your home’s architecture to design and build the custom screened porch of your dreams.

3 Season Porches

You can extend the functionality and versatility of a new or existing screened porch by converting it into a 3 season room through the use of a convertible panel system such as the ones we offer, like Eze-Breeze. This tremendously popular and affordable porch enclosure system can be easily integrated into the initial design of a new porch or outdoor room addition, or as an enhancement/upgrade to an existing structure.

patio with screened porch

The real appeal of the Eze Breeze vinyl enclosure system is its ability to transform and extend the utility of a screened porch, existing deck, or patio. By retrofitting these spaces, you can create a room you can enjoy nearly year-round.

The combination vinyl window and screen panels allow you to control how much air flow comes into the space with a touch of your fingertips – as well as totally enclosing it from the harsh elements of rainfall or winter.

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.

Other Shade Structures

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.

Gazebos, detached covered porches, and pavilions are just a few of the custom shade environments we design and install for our clients.

poolside outdoor living space

Our clients with swimming pools love our pavilions due to their easy access and proximity to where the swimming activity is.

When the backyard configuration will not allow for a roof to be constructed to provide shade, Archadeck can design a detached outdoor living space that will provide season after season of cool comfort in your great outdoors.

detached covered porch

With our creative construction and solutions thinking and your wish list, the sky’s the limit.

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

Roger Miller, owner, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio

Roger Miller, owner, Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio