There’s nothing quite like a day spent by the pool. That’s why it can be so frustrating to get forced inside due to excessive heat or fear of sunburn. Adding shade to your backyard space is one simple and practical way to help prevent sun exposure from becoming a threat to your pool day. Beyond just that, it can also enhance your backyard’s design.
There are a variety of shade options out there to choose from. Below are some functional and stylish shade option that will compliment your beautiful Pebble Technology International® (PTI) pool finish perfectly.
Why Add Shade to Your Backyard?
The sun offers a great source of vitamin D, can boost your mood, and may even help you sleep better at night. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Adding shade to your backyard helps you get just the right amount of sun, without having to sacrifice your relaxing day outside.
Not only will your skin thank you, but you’ll also get to spend more time safely enjoying the great outdoors. Staying cooler on hot days means you don’t necessarily have to be in the water to enjoy your pool day. Shading your backyard opens up a ton of fun possibilities for how to spend your sunny day! The resort-like feel of some shade structures isn’t such a bad perk either.
Choosing Your Shade
There are a variety of ways to add shade to your backyard. Price point, permanence, and aesthetic are just a few of the considerations you can use to narrow down your best shade options.
Umbrellas & Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture provides a simple means of adding shade to your backyard. Umbrellas are a particularly convenient option due to their mobility. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, take it down. When it’s time to take a break from the rays, open it up or move it where you need. The versatility you get with umbrellas, as well as the large range of options available, makes them a great option.
Other more stationary outdoor furniture options include shaded couches and lounge chairs. With an extensive variety of styles, materials, and colors to choose from, adding shaded furniture is a great way to customize your backyard look in a cool, sun-safe way. Play around with different looks and have fun picking out unique styles.
You’ve already sifted through PTI®’s beautiful inventory of pool liners and found the perfect way to make your backyard feel like a 5-star resort. Why not take it a step further with a cabana? Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love to lounge around by the pool in style on a sunny summer day?
Shades Sails & Canopies
Shade sails are a simple and cost-effective way to quickly add shade to any outdoor space. The ease and conceive of professional installation will cost you a bit more than DIY. However, there are many resources available online to help you research, purchase, and install your shade sails on your own should you decide to. Make sure to plan out how many anchor points you have and how far apart they are to ensure you find the right fit for your space.
Pop-up canopies, like umbrellas, are a great mobile alternative to shade sails. If you want something with the aesthetic of a pergola but a little less permanence, this might be the option you’re looking for.
Shade structures can provide a more permanent addition to your backyard. Whether you’re buying a gazebo you fell in love or having a custom pergola installed, these structures can feel like an addition to your home. Design a beautiful shaded outdoor dining area or throw in some couches to create the perfect place for a pool day nap.
For additional coverage, you can add curtains or rolling shades to the sides of your gazebo or pergola. This will allow you to easily customize the amount of sun you want to let in while preserving airflow and avoiding a stuffy atmosphere.
Plants & Trees
Plants and trees are a great way to compliment your beautiful new pool finish and provide some much-needed shade. However, it’s important that you research your options before planting anything near your pool. Some trees have invasive roots that can damage the structure of your pool and cause problems in the future. Other plants drop their leaves and can make pool maintenance a headache during certain seasons. The best trees and plants for your backyard will vary based on factors like climate, level of shade needed, and desired aesthetic.
Adding vines to a pergola or gazebo is also a great way to get some additional shade and spice up the look of your backyard space.
Different shading options provide a great way to make your pool finish really pop! Round out your unique backyard design with some outdoor elements that will make every day by the pool feel like a resort getaway.