Does the summer heat make it difficult to enjoy your deck or patio? Design your landscape for cooling – get to know the microclimate in your yard, and use it to your advantage. A well-planned outdoor living space with outdoor roller shades suited to the area climate ensures year-round comfort and enjoyment. Keep your cool in the summer with these tips and tricks.
Go North, Locating Your Outdoor Living Area in the Region of Your Yard That Has Short Sun Exposure
Like relocating to a cooler northern climate, locating your outdoor living space in a north-facing area of your property will limit exposure to the sun, ensuring summer comfort. No northern locale? Aim for eastern exposure, which allows for easy shading from the afternoon sun with motorized pergola screens or a well-placed shade tree.
Maximize Shade with a Home Pergola
Shade is essential to fighting summer heat, especially in the bright Rocky Mountain region. An adjustable slat pergola is a perfect way to protect yourself from the sun, keeping your porch or patio cooler in the summer heat so you can maximize outdoor enjoyment. Versatile, multifunctional motorized louvered pergolas also provide leak-free shelter during summer thunderstorms and the flexibility to open up and enjoy the sunlight on cooler days.
Increase Airflow, Taking Advantage of the “Wind Chill” Effect When Your Screens Are Lowered
Boosting airflow is essential to remaining comfortable through the hottest parts of the day, especially in humid weather. StruXure residential pergolas give you three ways to increase airflow and maximize comfort:
- Louver adjustment
StruXure aluminum louvered pergolas allow you to dial in the perfect amount of shade while maximizing airflow, offering 170-degrees of adjustment to keep you out of the sun while facilitating air circulation.
- Built-in ceiling fans
Incorporate additional cooling comfort with pergola accessories like built-in ceiling fans.
- Motorized pergola screens
Afternoon sun angle brutal? Get the shade you need without stifling airflow, incorporating motorized pergola screens into your custom pergola design. Slide screens into place when you need them and out of sight when you’re done.
Use Light Colored, Reflective Materials
Dark-colored surfaces and pavement can retain and radiate heat. Choosing surfaces that reflect heat, like your AkzoNobel powder coated aluminum pergola, will keep your deck or patio area cooler. Pair it with white or light wall and surface colors like Portland cement, concrete, granite, travertine, or marble paving.
Chill out beneath the comfort of a custom louvered roof pergola. Maximize your outdoor living enjoyment with a StruXure residential pergola from Denver Pergola Systems. Contact us at 303-529-7819 and start designing your dream outdoor living space today.
Feel like you need a roadmap to find the right location for your custom home pergola design? We’ve got you covered. The right outdoor living location and pergola accessories make all the difference in year-round comfort and use. The design pros at Denver Pergola Systems can set you up for success, ensuring lasting enjoyment and maximum return on your residential pergola investment. Contact us at 303-529-7819 to schedule a complimentary pergola design consultation today.