Everyone likes a shaded patio. It provides a cooler space to sit, protects the walls of the house from direct sun which reduces interior cooling costs, and extends the outdoor living space. Fabric patio covers, aluminum patio covers, shade sails and fixed patio roofing structures accomplish this beautifully. But one of the most appealing solutions is a trellis patio cover.
Anyone who calls the Southwest home for any period of time will tell you that managing the heat in desert living is the most important aspect in creating a comfortable space. Heat rises as we all know and therefore structures tend to be low. Single storey homes are the most common profile, but even they require ingenuity to prevent heat from entering the interiors.
As shade sails can be constructed in virtually any geometric shape and designed to cover nearly any area, you might as well have some fun with it. From a massive cover which will require some center supports to multiple sails to shield a large area, the first consideration is knowing the space below and how the sun moves over it during the day. Begin by defining the hot spots (those areas which receive the greatest sun) and the cooler spots (those which require some shade but not full coverage).