Finding shade in the Oklahoma sun can be a challenge, especially when you like to spend a lot of time outdoors. Keeping cool while you grill or relax in your own backyard is an important factor in being able to enjoy your outdoors year-round. Fortunately, there are three stunning options to keep you safe from damaging rays while also providing cool relief from the heat.
Beautiful and cost-efficient, pergolas are traditionally the ‘go to’ shade source for homeowners. They extend your outdoor living space, provide cool shade, and allow you to bask in a dash of warm sunlight. Available materials include cedar or vinyl. However, pergolas are typically built from rich cedar planks that are treated to endure the unpredictable Oklahoma weather.
Pergolas can be designed to cover small areas or entire patios. They are easily customized to fit the needs of your outdoor environment. Because of their slatted structure they hold up well to high winds and heavy rains. A well-built pergola will be anchored into your existing concrete or stabilized with an underground concrete footing.
For homeowners who like a little sunlight with their shade, pergolas are a great option! Kick off your shoes, sip that morning coffee and enjoy your little piece of the world.
For outdoor lovers who want complete shade, pavilions are your answer. Normally constructed of sturdy cedar, pavilions have complete roofs that are carefully constructed of sturdy beams. If you want your pavilion to match your home, we can cover the roof in matching shingles.
Pavilions are the perfect option to protect outdoor kitchens and furniture. If you have an outdoor kitchen, your appliances have a much longer lifespan if they can be protected from intense heat and rain.
Flexible in their customization, a pavilion’s design can be simple or beautifully intricate with a cross-weave of exposed beams beneath its roof. They can also be designed to cover large or small areas as well as different shapes and sizes. If you want full shade and protection, then a pavilion is both functional and beautiful.
Elegant and functional, classic yet cozy – gazebos allow for multiple possibilities! A backdrop for an intimate family wedding or just a private place to enjoy a glass of wine. Let our outdoor experts custom design a gazebo just for you.
Beautifully designed and built with the finest craftsmanship, our gazebos are constructed from natural hardwoods that will endure much of what mother nature offers. Like pavilions, gazebos can be shingled for full coverage, or slatted like pergolas. They can also be designed in several styles, as well as sizes.
Mother nature can be quite intense, and protecting your outdoor fun from the elements is essential. To help you choose between a pergola, pavilion or gazebo, keep track of how the sun’s rays hit your backyard at different times of day. This will allow you to maximize your shade when you need it the most. Planning the perfect pergola or pavilion can go a long way to enjoying your time outdoors. After all, the only way to ‘beat the heat’ is with a little shade!
*If you need help with design or ideas, contact the outdoor experts at OKC Backyards for a FREE consultation!
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Recent before and after of a nice backyard in Oklahoma City, before a 14 x 16 square foot, 9 foot high; custom made pergola, cedar wood stained pergola with 2 (15 foot each) stone benches.
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