When you need to protect yourself from the climate, you should do your research before choosing a sun shade for your yard. Today, you have a wide selection to choose from, whether it is an awning, over sized patio or beach umbrella, or shade sail. When selecting a sun shade, it is imperative to have a general understanding of how large your backyard space is, and how much you want to have covered. It is also a good idea to know what your own preferences are when it comes to aesthetics. Many shade varieties come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Decorative shades for your backyard may include gazebos or pergolas, arbors and trellises, canopies and cupolas, all of which are heavily structured and mostly wooden crafts. They are often the most expensive, though you can find the cheapest varieties at wholesale stores like Costco or other discount furniture stores. Umbrellas, for many, are the standard choice when it comes to choosing a shade and are available from 75 inches to a flexible 12 feet. They may be placed on tables that have slots for the umbrellas to be placed upon.
More unique decorative sun shades are shade sails, which are manufactured in triangular, rectangular, or square shapes. The triangular shapes add an exotic finesse to your backyard and soars over your backyard like a flying kite. The prices range from $200 to $500, and are reliably sold by various companies through the Internet. Backyard awnings averaging at $300 and they provide a steady protection against the heavy rays of the sun. Some awnings may have a motor and all should provide protection against the sun's ultraviolet rays by over 90 percent. Most of the prices for all of these shade varieties differ with each retailer and manufacturer, so if that is an issue, you may find that the umbrella is the cheapest option. Otherwise, heavy protection comes from structures from patios and gazebos.