Pool Shade Solutions: Find Out Your Options

by Pool Builders on 06-16-2011 in Articles

Besides quenching your thirst, one of the things you surely love to do when you are bitten by the heat bug is to lounge by the pool or take a dip. This becomes even more enjoyable when you have family members or friends in tow.

However, your pool, usually being an open space, is susceptible to a variety of environmental elements, especially heat. It is not unusual to feel like you are swimming in boiling water. What you need therefore is a good shade-and you've got plenty of choices:


An awning is perhaps one of the simplest shading solutions available. It requires very little investment. In fact, if you have steel arms, you can attach them to the window or the yard door, then spread out a canvas over them. Voila! You already have an awning. And if you're willing to spend more, you can have an automated awning and a rolling awning.

The problem with awnings, however, is that you cannot use them to cover your entire pool. They're only good if you want to take a shade after a swim.


Canopies can be freestanding or attached to your home. The roof is usually made from fabrics. They can be extremely huge they can cover your entire yard, swimming pool included. They are the the perfect option if you're having a pool party, and it starts to rain or the weather gets extremely hot.

Shade Sails

If you find canopies to be pricey for your taste, then the shade sail is your next best bet. Shade Sails are made from tough fabrics such as PVCs. They can also be coated to filter out UV rays. The fabric is then stretched by attaching the end corners to posts. Commonly you have to use steel posts, but as long as you have a column you can depend on, you can already set up a shade sail.


If you have a patio near the pool, it's best if you can set up pergolas. Like canopies, they can be freestanding or not. Their most distinct characteristic is their latticed roof, allowing plants such as vines to grow and adorn the structure. They are not suitable for pools as the leaves from the vines may only dirty the water. However, if you prefer to read a book or relax before hitting the waters, you can take a shade underneath it. You can then just seat back, relax, and enjoy the weather without thinking about getting your skin damaged.

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