how to keep deck cool in summer

How To Cool Down Your Deck or Patio on Hot Days

During the summer, many of us enjoy spending more time outside. But if you’re finding yourself running indoors due to the hot summer sun or avoid inviting people over because you can’t offer them shade, you may be wondering how to cool your deck down on hot days.

Ready to add shade to your outdoor space? We’re here to help. Take a look at some of the top ways you can cool down your deck or patio this summer so you’re free to enjoy your space without melting.

Patio Covers

What are patio covers? Patio covers are essentially patio roofs that are great for protecting you and your family and friends from the sun’s rays. You can choose patio covers that reflect your style and complement the arrangement of your patio area. They are permanent structures that offer full shade and protection from the elements.

Patio covers are an ideal solution for anyone needing shade from the sun or a perfect place to entertain when throwing a BBQ. You can even add an outdoor fan to cool your space even more!

Patio covers also give you a covered outdoor space to enjoy in the winter as well!

Retractable Awning

Retractable awnings are practical and versatile. They provide temporary shade to your space. Choose when you want to use the awning for shade and when you would prefer to get some sun. These types of awnings come in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns to suit the style of your home.

In addition to providing shade from the sun, they also give the opportunity to still get that natural cool breeze coming through the space. They are easy to adjust for creating the perfect outdoor summer space for you and your guests.


Pergolas are outdoor structures that are built-in columns. Overhead is an open roof that consists of rafters and beams that offer shade partial to 100% shade depending on the model. Pergolas can be either attached to your home to cover your deck or patio or free-standing in your yard, garden, or over a pool deck.

They are an elegant way of transforming your outdoor space and are ideal for entertaining family and friends.

Pair your pergola with some retractable sun shades to cool your space even more and to add some privacy.

Get Good Advice

If you’re struggling to decide what type of shade solution would work best for your outdoor space, we can help. At W.A. Zimmer, we offer a range of products and styles to suit your needs, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for to cool down your summers. Why not take our showroom tour for some inspiration?

Patio Covers For All Needs

Patio covers are the perfect solution for worn-out patio umbrellas that just don’t cut it anymore. Don’t spend this summer wishing you’d invested in a patio cover that takes all the hassle out of the outdoors. Why not make an appointment with one of our designers and see what we can do for you?