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Old 04-21-21, 12:20 PM
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Seeking patio covering suggestions

We had a deck. It was in terrible shape when we bought the house. Rotted. I ripped it out and replaced with flagstone on ground level with some simple steps down to it. It is about 11 feet from ground level to the underside of the eaves. There are a few pine trees just past the garden fence surrounding the patio. There's a little screened in porch with a roof over it in the middle of the back of the house. The "gas log" chimney that appears to have been a real one long ago (about 5' x 3' protrusion") sticks out into the patio area.

So......I was initially thinking waterproof shade sails in rectangles that overlap. Use the studs that are interspersed in the eaves to mount the shade sails. One rectangle on the one side where the old chimney doesn't stick out, then one at the depth where the chimney is. Terminating at the pine trees.

How bad is wind for these? I mean, "sail" is in the name of them. If there is a windy day do I have to undo these things all the time?

Primarily it isn't shade I'm after, but I'm sick of having to blow off the patio of tree debris.

Any experience with these? Suggestions? I just feel a "structure" to cover it would obscure the window and windowed door that is right there. I feel even mounting the "sails" right under the overhang and giving it just a foot slope drop to the tree mounting will still obscure the windows some. Not really interested in the motorized shades. Really expensive and our neighbor had issues forever with hers back in the old neighborhood.

In my paint drawing you can see what I'm talking about. The spray paint on the flagstone is the "tree junk" I have to blow off daily.

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Old 04-21-21, 12:27 PM
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How bout a pergola?
That's my plan to replace my current deck...which I don't really use. A pergola serves as shade, and doubles as a trellis of sorts. Won't do much for rain. But there are plans for louvered pergolas. Depends on your budget like anything. A friend has a pergola and has fabric draped over somewhat. She's much more arsty fartsy than I. It looks great and does well to help with blistering sun.
Some pergola people use that latticework stuff for some dappled shade effect. It blows out relatively easily with a leaf blower from above.
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Old 04-21-21, 12:36 PM
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I was considering it. Just a little permanent I suppose, since I was concerned a touch about obscuring the window there. Hmm. I'll pontificate on it, haha.

They sell a metal roof pergola deal at Costco down the road from us that looks sweet. But it may have a weird, "roof next to the house next to the screened porch" look to it if I did that. Those would certainly obscure the window there. But they look sweet.
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What sort of winds do you get there? What are the trees? If you are not blowing the stuff off the patio area, would you have to blow it off a roof?
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This is what I did:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Palram-Martinique-4300-10-ft-x-14-ft-Hard-Top-Gazebo/1002752636
I researched quite a bit before deciding to buy a premade gazebo. After pricing the lumber and supplies to build my own, the price didn't seem so outrageous. I really like the maintenance free frame and the poly roof panels. I also like it has gutters. I had the kit delivered to my door and was able to put it together by myself in one day.
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