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Outdoor Shade: The Scoop on Pergolas, Gazebos, Awnings and More

By February 28, 2017October 18th, 2023No Comments

Imagine sitting outside on a warm, sunny day after work, relaxing with a refreshing beverage and some delicious snacks. Although it might be hard to envision such a scene in the frigid climate of February, a day will come, not too far from now, when this will once again be possible! That’s why now is the perfect time to think about investing in home upgrades that can enhance your outdoor living space.


In today’s post, Gutter Helmet®, the most effective and popular brand of gutter covers on the market, shares three great home improvement options that can transform your backyard into a shady oasis.


A pergola is a wooden structure often placed in gardens that provides shade from the hot sun. Pergolas first became popular during the Italian Renaissance, but their distinctive, enchanting architecture has stood the test of time. Pergolas can be used to highlight a pathway in your yard or to cover an outdoor seating area. For added effect, consider working with a landscaper to plant vines that can twist up and around your pergola.


Seemingly lifted right out of a storybook, gazebos evoke timeless romance and charm. Available in a wide range of styles to suit your home’s architectural style, they also offer the added benefit of being fully covered. This means you and your family can enjoy your outdoor space even when it’s raining. Whether you’re seeking to build a soothing outdoor shelter where you can relax by yourself with a book during your downtime, or a fun and comfortable space where you can entertain guests, a gazebo fits the bill.


An awning is a type of cover typically attached to your home that provides shade for your outdoor living space, while also improving the energy efficiency of your house. If you’re looking for a convenient way to provide a bit of shade and shelter for your patio or deck, an awning is a perfect option. We recommend working with Sunesta Awnings, a leading and highly reputable provider of retractable awnings. Sunesta offers a broad range of awnings in various styles and fabrics to complement your home’s architecture and your own personal taste.

With spring on the horizon, now is also a great time to invest in durable leaf gutter guards to protect your home from torrential downpours. Gutter Helmet uses an innovative technology that relies on the principle of surface tension. This design directs precipitation smoothly into your gutters, while channeling leaves, twigs and other debris safely away from your home to prevent gutter clogs and costly water damage.

Once you invest in Gutter Helmet, you’ll never have to worry about clearing debris from your gutters again. This innovative gutter protection system does all the work for you, and, even better, it requires no maintenance or upkeep.

For more information on how Gutter Helmet can protect your home from the elements, call us today at (800) 824-3772. We can also provide a free estimate.