How to Add Shade to Your Pool Area
Add comforting shade to your swimming pool with these stylish ideas.
A backyard pool is a great way to enjoy fun in the sun, but it is also nice to have a shady spot to recline while watching the kids frolic in the water. Pool decking, usually made of concrete or stone, tends to create more heat in the pool area, and without proper shelter, the pool deck can become a pretty uncomfortable spot in the heat of the day. Shade is also a welcome addition if you want to use your pool area for entertaining or dining al fresco without a hot sun beating down on your guests. Consider these ideas for adding shade to your pool area with style.
Landscaping is often the first step in adding shade to your swimming pool area. However, before you begin planting trees and shrubs, consider the best placement for your plants by asking the following questions:
- Which direction does your yard face?
- What time of day do you use the space most?
- What areas already have shade and at what times of day is it provided?
- What areas need shade the most? And at what times of day do they require shade?
By determining these factors, you will be better able to assess the specific placement of trees that will offer the most good. You also want to make sure that the shade will not affect the surface of the water too much, since that will change the temperature of the water for swimming.
Awnings and Covered Patios
If your swimming pool is fairly close to your back patio, you may want to consider covering the patio area. This can be done with a colorful awning that is unrolled during the sunniest parts of the day. It may also include extending the roof of the house over the patio area. Some homeowners prefer to filter the sunlight rather than closing it out completely. This can be done with a lattice cover consisting of wood beams that allow some sunlight in but greatly reduce the amount of light received.
Pergolas or Gazebos
If you would prefer to enjoy your shade in a different area of the yard, a pergola or gazebo may be just the ticket. These self-standing units come in an array of sizes and styles to match just about any outdoor décor. You can use one to create an outdoor dining space or for relaxing comfortably poolside. Dress them up with some potted plants and hanging lights for a lovely spot to entertain outdoors.
Umbrellas are generally a temporary solution, although you can find designs that set into the concrete of your pool decking for additional stability. The portability of umbrellas is a plus if you want to shift your shade to accommodate the movement of the sun. Make sure your umbrellas are big enough to provide shade to at least a couple of chairs, but sturdy enough that they won't tip over with every breeze that blows through.
Shady spots make your backyard pool a comfortable place for everyone to enjoy. Whether you plant a few trees or erect a fashionable gazebo, the right shade will greatly enhance the functionality of your outdoor space.