Creating Your Outdoor Oasis

Is there anything better than spending a hot summer’s day relaxing outside? You enjoy a few cold beverages, eat a bunch of great food and share some laughs with friends and family.
Of course there’s nothing better, that’s why the patios at bars and restaurants are always so crowded during the summer months.
But there’s really no reason to leave home in search of an outdoor paradise. You can create your very own outdoor oasis right in your backyard by getting a shade awning.
Here are three reasons why shade awnings are must-have items for anyone creating their own personal outdoor oasis:
They’re dependable
We’ve already established that there’s nothing better than spending a hot summer’s day outside, especially if you don’t have to leave home to do it. But besides rain, nothing can spoil a good time like too much sun. It’ll burn you, make you sweat and make your cold beverages warm.

Some might advise you to go with an umbrella or fabric canopy. But the fact is, those options are not as dependable as shade awnings. Anything made of fabric is likely to suffer from the effects of the hot sun as much as you–they’re color can become distorted and they’re seams can fray. And let’s face it; they can be a handful to take care of–something as simple as a gust of wind can send them sailing into the neighbor’s yard.
Shade awnings, on the other hand, are made of sturdy materials including steel and wood. They’re built to withstand the effects of the sun, rain and wind and rarely end up in your neighbor’s yard (unless they like it so much they borrow it while you’re on vacation).
They look great
One of the best things about shade awnings is that they come in a variety of styles. There’s the flat roof version, which is perfect for covering a patio. There’s the gable roof, which adds character to any home. And there’s the combination roof, which combines flat and gable structures to add a touch of sophistication to your outdoor oasis.
All of these styles look great, whether they are attached to your house or freestanding in the back yard. In addition, they come in a variety of colors. The bottom line is this: No matter what your style or taste, you can get an awning that’s right for you.

They’re valuable
In addition to being dependable and great-looking, they add value to your home, so if you ever sell, you’re going to get your money back and then some. Remember all those people sitting on bar and restaurant patios? Yeah, they’d love to own a home with its very own backyard oasis too.

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Nick Walz is an active blogger and writer who likes to share his advice and tips to the online community. You can contact him on Twitter @Nick_Walz.