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Relax outside with outdoor shade

Summer is about having fun in the sun, but outdoor shade is a must-have if you’re going to really relax and enjoy your backyard.

What outdoor shade products are available?

Depending on the size of your yard, there are a few different outdoor shade products to choose from.

Shade sails

A shade sail is an outdoor shade product that will fit in most outdoor living spaces. They are square shaped and generally made from polyethylene material that’s mold, mildew, and stain resistant. To place a shade sail you’ll attach it to an existing structure using stainless steel D-Rings. Once in place, you’ll have a spot in your yard with UV blockage and shade from the sun.


A gazebo is a sturdy structure you can place in your yard. Usually 10ft x 10ft in size, a gazebo has a roof and may include side curtains for privacy. You can place a gazebo over your patio or in a spot in your backyard to provide shade, or use it as a cover for your hot tub or BBQ area. Gazebos are UV and water resistant so they won’t rust or fade when left out in the elements.


A pergola is similar to a gazebo or an arbor, but it is a flat top structure that’s larger and more permanent. A pergola is often an addition to your home and may share some of the same architectural elements. The flat top on a pergola can be open or closed, and you can choose different pergola canopies to provide outdoor shade.


A canopy is a temporary structure you can place in your outdoor space. They are lightweight and easy to move if you’d like to adjust their location, and they are generally made of metal with a UV resistant cover to block the sun.


Awnings are fabric covered extensions that are attached to your home or out buildings. They extend the roof line over your deck or balcony to provide outdoor shade, and are usually made from UV resistant fabric. Unlike a canopy, an awning is a permanent extension to your home, but you can change up the fabric depending on your style preference.

What outdoor shade products will work for you?

With so many options, how do you choose the right outdoor shade product for your home? If you’d like a permanent structure for your deck or patio, you’ll want to consider a pergola or awning. If you would rather change up the area you’d like to have shade, a canopy is a good choice. To provide shade in a non-permanent way, a shade sail is one of the best options.

You can find all types of outdoor shade products on Best Buy.