Gunda Misty. Patio & Pergola. March 18th , 2017.
Most design professionals agree that it is important to make sure you match the style of the gazebo with the patio, house, and other surrounding buildings so it works well with existing structures. But as a homeowner, the final design choice is yours.
The drawbacks of concrete include lack of beauty, and long term maintenance costs. The only type of decking that requires more maintenance than concrete is wood. Pavers, bricks, and other stones are the flip side of that coin - pretty, and low maintenance, but initially more costly.
Strange as it may seem, some people do not aspire to own such homes because they feel that it is a waste of their financial resources to pay the property tax and upkeep the place. These homes are usually bigger and you would need to employ some domestic help to maintain cleanliness.
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.
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