Landscaping with fast-growing bushes or trees provides a beautiful, low-maintenance sunscreen for deck patios. Some trees reach their full height and crown radius in as little as three years, while others add three to nine feet of growth each year, providing gradual shade for patios and lower deck levels.
It's easy to enjoy the outdoors throughout the day with a sunscreen for deck patio. Invite the warmth of the sun in the morning, but sit in comfortable shade in the afternoon.
Pergolas require a bit more carpentry skill than a trellis, but the effects are well worth the effort. This sunscreen for deck patio is a solid structure built into the deck or sunk into concrete alongside the patio. Securing the structure in this way supports the weight of the overhead beams or slats. After it's built, train vines to grow across the top, hang plants, or weave awning fabric in between the slats for as little or as much shade as you would like.