Keep Your Cool and Your Money: Inexpensive Patio Shade Ideas


The summer months are fast approaching and most of us want to enjoy the outdoors. However, spending too much time in the sun isn’t good for you. As we all know too well, we can suffer from sunburns to heat strokes if we don’t control our sun exposure. The best way to keep cool in the heat and still enjoy the outdoor environment is to relax under the shade, but can you do that affordably? Absolutely. Today, we are taking a look at long-lasting, beautiful, and inexpensive patio shade ideas.


Different Types of Inexpensive Patio Shades

1. Sunshields, Drop Shades, And Privacy Shields

Sunshields, drop shades, and privacy shields are some of the most popular products for patios and porches among homeowners. They’re usually made of resilient fabrics and come in attractive colors and designs. Sunshields are usually large stretches of cloth that are suspended over the patio area and provide ample shade from the sun. You can choose a darker and heavier fabric if you want more protection from the sun.

Drop shades and privacy shields usually drop down from a bar or support mechanism and enclose the patio on all sides. These shades are often used in patios and porches that already have a roof and need to block the light coming from different sides.

2. Awnings

Awnings are very popular among commercial properties and you see them often in cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating areas. You can also install them in your home and over your patio. You can find a number of good-quality but inexpensive patio awnings of different colors, sizes, and designs.

Some awnings even have a motor attached to it so you don’t need to crank them to open or close them. Most awnings are made from canvas or coated fabrics. Some are made from metal and fiberglass as well. You can choose from a number of design options, including:

  1. Retractable freestanding
  2. Retractable canopy
  3. Retractable side arm
  4. Retractable vertical drop
  5. Fixed Guide

All of these awnings have their advantages, but they serve the same purpose and that is to protect you from the sun.

3. Alumawood Patio Covers

Alumawood is an exclusive and carefully designed patio cover. It looks like good and comes in a number of different shade and design options. It is made from a combination of wood and aluminum composition, and offers great durability and strength. Alumawood doesn’t just withstand the heat and protect you from the sun; it can also withstand other weather conditions like rain and heavy winds.

This structure looks stunning and provides ample shade. You can also place canvas curtains and shades on it to soften the look and add to its beauty.

As you can see, there are a number of options available on the market. Remember, getting support from a professional contractor with experience installing these shade solutions is always a good idea – at Mesa Awning, we not only sell the shade solutions at inexpensive prices, but our contractors already have these products catalogued in their mind, making it easy to see a great, affordable solution while working out the logistics of the project and keeping in mind the style of your home. Give us a call for a free consult, or visit us today!

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