Shade Structures That Will Help You Beat the Heat

As a homeowner, you want to get the most use out of all your living spaces, including the ones outdoors. When the summer sun makes it hard to beat the heat, shade structures can make all the difference. They provide a cool, shady place for you and your guests to relax and entertain outdoors, and they can also add a serious splash of style to your property. 

The Versatility of Shade Structures

Coming in a staggering variety of sizes, shapes, designs, and materials, shade structures are as ideally suited to commercial spaces and municipal parks as well as residential backyards, patios, and poolsides. 

There are so many different types of shade structures available today; there’s definitely one suited to your needs and budget. Here are two of the most popular options:

  • Pergolas: Classic shade structures made up of posts and beams, pergolas are versatile enough to accommodate a thick layer of vining plants to block the sun’s rays or a fabric awning. These freestanding options are ideal for poolside areas and outdoor dining spaces. 
  • Gazebos: More enclosed and often more ornate than pergolas, gazebos are semi-enclosed structures often featuring a roof or lattice top. Open areas of a gazebo can also be screened in to minimize insect intrusion. Gazebos are flexible structures that can work with just about any outdoor living space but are typically found in flower garden areas.


When choosing a shade structure for your home, it’s vital to consider several factors. Not only must you consider the size and shape of the space you’re planning to cover, but you must also factor in the overall aesthetic style of your home and the size of your budget. When all the decisions are made, ensuring your structure is designed and installed correctly is vital. 

The Benefits of Shade Structures

Shade structures offer much more than relief from the heat. By protecting you from harmful UV rays, a well-built shade structure can reduce your risk of sunburn, skin damage, and all that it entails. Because a great design extends your outdoor living space and actively invites people to spend more time outside, you get better use of your property. Because it can protect from everything from blazing sun to pop-up rain showers, your investment can also increase the number of days per year your family can enjoy the great outdoors. 

As a functional oasis where you can relax, entertain guests or soak up some rest and relaxation in the shade, a shade structure is a wise investment into your property, your lifestyle, and your well-being. 

Sierra Log & Timber: Your Shade Structure Experts

When it comes to shade structures, Sierra Log & Timber is the go-to choice for an exceptional eye for detail, design, and craftsmanship. With a wide range of options from which to choose, you really are limited only by the boundaries of your imagination and budget.

With a team of experts on staff who will work closely with you to create the perfect shade structure to complement your home while reflecting your personal style, any vision can be brought to life. If you’re ready to invest in a shade structure that helps your family enjoy the outdoors more in both quantity and quality while protecting from the sun’s rays, contact Sierra Log & Timber today.

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