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Super Shade Options for the Summertime Outdoors

When it comes to extending the living space of a home, many families look to the outdoors to create additional inviting space.  Here are some ways for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors and stay protected from the sun and nature’s elements.

Live in a Sunroom

An easy and affordable way to extend the outdoor living season is with a three and four season sunroom attached right to the house.  Fully glassed walls let you enjoy the view outdoors. Craft-Bilt Materials Ltd. supply the latest technology in sunrooms, gazebos and aluminum waterproof decking to customers throughout Canada from its manufacturing facility and showroom in Ajax, Ontario. The three-season sunroom is Craft-Bilt’s most popular enclosure. Sunroom walls and doors are constructed of aluminum components with interlocking frames providing added structural strength. The enamel finish is completely maintenance free. Tempered glass windows and doors come with security locks.

Lots of Options

You can choose to go with insulated glass and roof panels and the structure can be wired for electricity. Opt for a transparent roofing system to let light in without the heat or go for traditional shingles. Skylights are another option to add light and accent the space.

Craft-Bilt also offers a versatile, four-season sunroom with insulated glass and thermal construction. It can be heated or cooled to allow for year round living under most weather conditions. These structures come with a 50 year warranty and the peace of mind knowing you have hired a professional who understands building code issues when it comes to heating the sunroom.

Get Close to Nature in a Gazebo

If wood is the look you desire for your backyard retreat, Limestone Trail in Beamsville, Ontario manufacturers open or screened freestanding octagonal gazebos made of western red cedar.  They deliver pre-fabricated kits anywhere in Canada and often work with landscapers to design the best structure for your needs. Most homeowners prefer complete installation, which Limestone Trail provides throughout Ontario. You need to have the foundation ready with concrete piers or pad.

Gazebos can work for a small space.  They range in size from 9 ft. in diameter up to 20 ft. — large enough for a dining table. The popular 12 ft, size works well in most city backyards.  Gazebos are traditionally wide open or fully screened but don’t provide total protection when it rains. Limestone Trail also builds glass houses that are independent backyard structures.  These can be wired with electric, which adds the benefit of heat if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. The company is also busy this time of year building sleeping cabins in cottage country and pool cabanas.

Shade Under the Pergola

Create a shady and restful atmosphere in your backyard with a pergola. Made from pressure treated wood or cedar, these come freestanding or can be attached to your home. Canopies provide support for lights or climbing vines to increase the shade cover.  Gormwood Inc. in Richmond Hill services customers in the GTA and surrounding areas with many styles and options.  Choose a fiberglass pergola with Grecian style posts available in any colour and finished with a flat or arched canopy. Louvered pergolas are a great option if your backyard requires extra protection from the sun or rain. They come sloped with fixed louvers or flat with adjustable louvers. Gormwood offers do-it-yourself, pre-drilled kits that are easy to assemble and complete with hardware. Or let Gormwood’s skilled contractors take care of everything from pouring the concrete bases to canopy assembly.

You and your guests will enjoy time spent in a special outdoor room, whether you decide a sunroom, gazebo or pergola suits your space and living style.

by Teresa Kidd

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