Sunny days are perfect for outdoor fun. However, too much sun can be uncomfortable and unhealthy. If you want to enjoy your deck under the hot summer sun, consider covering it. There are plenty of ways to cover your deck that offer both shade and a beautiful aesthetic. Check out these unique ways you can cover and protect your deck. 

Outdoor Shades

Did you know that you can install shades onto your deck? Like indoor shades or blinds, they can attach to your home. You can also fasten them to a pergola or other structure. These blinds help you get the most out of your deck by offering shade when needed and letting in as much or as little sunlight as you want. They come in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find one that matches your deck’s overall design.


Cantilever Umbrella

If you want something less permanent, try using an umbrella. Outdoor umbrellas offer a great, nonpermanent solution for shade. Cantilever umbrellas are supported by an offset, freestanding pole. Because of this design, you’re able to suspend the umbrella in the air whenever the sun is too hot and adjust it whenever you want. Since the pole isn’t at the center of the umbrella, you’ll still have plenty of space for tables, chairs, and congregation.



A pergola is a free-standing structure with a lattice roof. Since these structures don’t completely block out the sun, they’re ideal for those who want filtered light or partial shade on their deck. However, their design helps cool a deck down since they allow air to circulate. If you want more protection from the sun, you can add covers. Covers come in a variety of shapes and colors, so you can choose one that looks best with your pergola and deck.



A classic choice for shade, an awning can be utilized to cover a part of or all of your deck. They can be customized to fit any of your deck covering ideas. Some awnings attach to the side of your home, while others are freestanding. Choose a type of awning that offers the best shade for your deck and the best cohesive design for your home. It’s not only important that the awning does its job by providing shade, but it’s also important that it looks good while doing that. 


Have Other Ideas?

The decking experts at North American Deck and Patio are here to help you create a cool and beautiful deck. With a variety of options to choose from and a team of experienced Maryland deck builders by your side, you’ll be able to create a shaded deck that you’ll love for years to come. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

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