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    Deck Awning/Sun Shade Ideas

    Hoping to do a little brainstorming here - I find everyone here has so many good ideas about so many things!

    The deck behind my house. This is our sanctuary - it faces the creek and the view is just awesome:

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    Now the issue - in the warmer months the sun hits the deck (faces west) at around noon and shines directly on it until sunset. It gets extremely hot along with the fact that I just can't be out in direct sun much anymore. And to add to that the sun super heats the room behind the glass door which is where we spend most of our time. I have heavy curtains that I close to slow this but that defeats the effect of having that big glass door and our view. I have an patio umbrella that I use which shades my chair OK but doesn't help the rest of the deck or glass door.

    The deck measures 7'9" x 15' inside the railings.

    Because I would have hardly any drop for a type of roof structure I've been thinking of a retractable awning. I priced one out at Sunsetter and came up with $2k plus installation (which I don't think we could do ourselves) - way out of the budget for this year.

    So thinking of trying to use what I have, we have an EZ-UP canopy from when Mrs Ct. used to do farmer's market. This would be fine for now but it measures 10'x10' which is too big for the smaller dimension of the deck. And this has to be fully deployed to be stable.

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    Thinking in those lines a canopy like pictured below would be perfect but can't find any that are less than 10' - something like this that is 7'x15' would be ideal.

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    Another option would be to continue that cross beam that is across the top of the stairs to the corners of the deck and string some rafters from the house to that beam. I guess then I could get a good custom made canvas tarp to cover it.

    I mainly want this for sun shade - while it would be nice to be rain proof that really doesn't matter as we have a covered front porch. And trying to come up with an idea that would stay around the $300 range - tough I know......
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    Well writing things out helped me once again. Before we go an further Something came to me - sun screen fabric. I think I am going to get a roll of something like this and rig it up. Might not be perfect but for the price it's worth a try...

    CASTLECREEK 15' x 6' Sun Screen Fabric - 232385, Awnings & Shades at Sportsman's Guide
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    what i did - i bought a high quality large umbrella that work real good on my deck
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    Quote Originally Posted by danmorea View Post
    what i did - i bought a high quality large umbrella that work real good on my deck
    I bought a small cheap one 2 years ago - maybe I should just look into a bigger one.......
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    the way is your deck from pics a Sunsetter would look perfect
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    Quote Originally Posted by danmorea View Post
    the way is your deck from pics a Sunsetter would look perfect
    I was thinking the same thing. No personal experience with them but it is basically a RV/Camper Awning bolted to the side of a house. The benefit is that they are quick to fold up and put away when not in use and there are even powered ones. This way you can keep it stored and not have to worry about storms. The problem with umbrellas is there is likely a big, heavy base to them that needs to go in storage in the winter when not in use.
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    coaltrain; my wife's sister has one of them Sunsetter's on their deck, it works good. but as u said big money for one. I'm with u on the idea of stringing a few rafters and using the other fabric u showed us. u could let the rafters up over wintertime-shouldn't anything, and just install the fabric in spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilmo View Post
    Looked at one of these ?

    Actually one like that caught my eye but was leery coming from ebay - but for $53 shippid - who knows....it could be the same thing that Lowe's shows....

    New Patio Umbrella Offset 10' Hanging Umbrella Outdoor Market Umbrella D10 | eBay


    Quote Originally Posted by sennister View Post
    I was thinking the same thing. No personal experience with them but it is basically a RV/Camper Awning bolted to the side of a house. The benefit is that they are quick to fold up and put away when not in use and there are even powered ones. This way you can keep it stored and not have to worry about storms. The problem with umbrellas is there is likely a big, heavy base to them that needs to go in storage in the winter when not in use.
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim 55 View Post
    coaltrain; my wife's sister has one of them Sunsetter's on their deck, it works good. but as u said big money for one. I'm with u on the idea of stringing a few rafters and using the other fabric u showed us. u could let the rafters up over wintertime-shouldn't anything, and just install the fabric in spring.
    The Sunsetter would be the cat's a$$ - I've know a couple people who had them over the years and they were very happy with them. Perhaps in another year or two......

    The fabric over a couple rafters might be the way to go as a temporary solution though.
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