Summer Is Here; It’s Time for some Shade!

Summer Is Here; It’s Time for some Shade!

As you may already know, Texas can be brutal in the summer months. With plenty of sunshine and scorching temperatures, you need to find ways to cool down and escape the sun’s rays. At Scott Design & Landscaping, you’ll find lots of unique and creative options for making a shady nook part of your yard. Ideas for shade include thoughtful design plans that utilize heat-hearty trees for filtered light, as well as cabanas for the ultimate in solid coverage. There is, however, another option that falls into a category all its own, and that is the overhead structure.

What is an overhead structure?

You may have heard an overhead structure referred to as a pergola. Some might say an arbor or trellis. While they are interchangeable terms, an overhead structure is most like a pergola which is a covering held up by pillars.

At Scott Design & Landscaping, you will find an array of selections as you plan and create an attractive, shade-producing canopy. As seen here, the shade structure can be placed almost anywhere in your yard. You can place it against your house, or the structure can be free-standing. You can choose from materials that match your taste: wood, wrought iron, or a combination of materials. A specialist from our team will work with you to design the perfect architectural element for your yard, adding beauty and shade.

Why choose an overhead structure for shade?

Deciding on an overhead shade structure over other means of producing shade is really a matter of personal preference. However, as mentioned before, you have the flexibility to position a structure in your yard where you want it to be. In this regard, trees have limitations. They cannot be planted too close to a house or patio because their root systems might cause cracking and damage. Another factor to consider is that an overhead structure will provide immediate shade. On the other hand, it takes time for a tree to grow to a decent size where it can truly offer a shady covering. An open, overhead structure allows for more circulation than a cabana with an enclosed ceiling. Although, both the cabana and the overhead structure can accommodate a ceiling fan with proper planning.

Final thoughts on summer shade

Regardless of whether you choose a tree, a cabana or an overhead structure, be smart when you are outside. Dehydration, sunburn, and even heat stroke can occur all too quickly. Enjoy the summer sun in shorter increments of time and avoid the hottest time of the day. Drink plenty of fluids, wear sunscreen, and retreat often to your cool sanctuary in the shade.


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