Like a switch, the winds of winter subside, the snowdrifts melt and Coloradans get what they wish for mere months ago: bright, cloud-free skies and sun without end. But all too soon, that Colorado sun goes from soothing to scorching, and your back patio is no longer an oasis. Never fear. We have shade and cooling options for your patio at every price point and skill level. Take a look at these locally sourced options to keep you cool.
Cost: Plan $20-30/sq. ft. for DIY and more when you engage a contractor.
Requirements: Skill with a saw or a qualified contractor.
How: DIY or hire a contractor
Cost: Starting at $99 and up, depending on features.
Requirements: A solid base to keep your investment from blowing away.
How: Buy at local retailers, such as Christy Sports or Outpost Sunsport
Cost: Sails are generally inexpensive, costing upwards of $40, depending on size. Anchor points, however, may pose the greater cost if you have to construct your own.
Requirements: Math skills, and some tall anchor points to keep your sails in place.
How: Buy on Amazon
Cost: Starting at $99
Requirements: Electrical hookup
How: Buy at local hardware stores, such as Ace Hardware
Cost: A 6-foot locust tree costs around $159.
Requirements: Motivation to dig
How: Buy at local nursery
Cost: Starting at $4,500, based on size and features.
Requirements: Professional installation
How: Inquire at Peterson Canvas & Awning and similar retailers