By Ronda Bradford. Patio. Published at Thursday, October 05th, 2017 - 15:16:53 PM.
An alternative to a complete awning is a shade sail. Shade sails can be custom made to any size you require, or you can combine a number of smaller ones to cover a larger area (the solution you choose will depend partly on your site, and partly on your budget). Shade sails work by a tension system - the sails, often triangular in shape, are anchored to tension points which may be attached to the walls of the dwelling or to the tops of poles sunk into the ground. They have the advantage of being portable: if you sell your home, you can move the sail to your new home and reinstall it for the price of new tension points.
There are a number of ways you can remodel or transform a concrete pad. Some factors you need to consider include your budget, the condition of the existing concrete, and how much disruption you're willing to tolerate. If the concrete is in excellent condition, for example, then you may want to simply stain the surface, or perhaps give it a textured coating. These options are quickly and easily performed by a specialized contractor.
Finally, after laying out a 1 inch conduit pipe on both edges, fill the area with paver base and by means of the pipes as a guide begin the screeding (or leveling) process using a long board. The conduits will later be removed and the trenches left behind filled in with sand.
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