Creative Ways to Create Shade on Your Deck or Patio

At SEAL-A-DECK, we are all about creative ways to make your deck or patio work for all of your needs. Some people love having an open deck, but others prefer taking shade from the New England sun. We have implemented many shading options over the years and some of those are favorites options that come around that we see time and time again. Here is a list of top creative ways to create shade on your deck or patio. There is sure to be something for every aesthetic and budget.


Don’t underestimate this simple shading fix. Umbrellas can be as elaborate as you can imagine, but also simple for those looking to spend less or with a smaller space. We can help you install permanent umbrellas for your deck or patio that can stand the wide variety of the climate we see here in the northeast.

Moving Shades

If you have a pergola, moving shades are a beautiful addition. These shades can be wooden or fabric. You simply slide them in when you want shade and move them out when you don’t. A curtain is also a cost-effective option. You don’t have to break the bank adding curtains to your pergola. This is something that you can even DIY with some tarps. We have also installed beautiful fabrics at every price point.

Sail Shades

Bob Vila’s website describes sail shades as “a triangular-cut piece of fabric with eyelets punched in the corners”, which gives it the “sail” name. You can attach these to stay up permanently with poles and ropes. This is also another option that is budget-friendly because any piece of weather-resistant fabric of the right size will work. This option is highly customizable to add an amazing centerpiece to your outdoor living space.


If you want something that is a permanent addition to your home, the SEAL-A-DECK team can build an awning that will surely provide the best shading. Awnings are a more costly option since there will need to be a new structure attached to your home. We will want to build your awning on the side of the house that gets the most sun exposure. Keep in mind that this won’t completely block out the sun as it moves across the sky during the day, but they offer partial covering as well as a permanent shading option that is durable and beautiful.


If you have a deck or patio, a canopy is a reasonable option for shade. Although people may not think of a traditional canopy as something to add to their outdoor area, they are easy to install and change as your needs change. You can also purchase a canopy that can be screened-in to avoid pests while relaxing outdoors.

Let’s Create Together

If you’re looking for creative and beautiful options for shade on your deck or patio, SEAL-A-DECK is the company you want to call. We have many years of shading experience and understand the needs of our customers from a personal perspective. Give us a call today, at 1-877-SEALADECK to get your estimate.


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