What are my shade options for my Charlotte patio?

In Charlotte, our backyards are consistently under siege by the constant heat and bright shine from the sun.

What are the options for shade? This time we are going to discuss ideas ranging from the least expensive to most expensive.

There are options of umbrellas like above that range from hundreds of dollars to a couple of thousand dollars. The upside is the low cost and they can be attractive. The negatives are they are not permanent, require movement, and maintenance.

Awnings can be attached to the back of the house and depending on the quality and size, can range from $1,000 up to $6,000. They are relatively effective at blocking the sun. They are not the most attractive option and do not hold up in wind and need to be maintained.

Pergolas or arbors as they are sometimes called are another option for shade. They can range from $2,000 – $8,000 depending on materials and size. They are quite attractive and a cost effective way to shade your deck or patio. The negative is they do not block out rain and the shade is only partial.

Finally, a solid roof structure like the one constructed in the photo above by the pool. These can run from $10,000 and up depending on size and materials. The positives are the total block from sun and rain, they are beautiful when designed properly, and increase property value. The only negatives are the higher cost and potentially blocking light from coming into your home.

To see a complete photo gallery of shade structures, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com



How much sun comes through a pergola versus a porch roof?

Trex deck with pergola and composite rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

Trex deck with pergola and composite rail by Archadeck of Charlotte

The famous question….how much sun protection will a pergola provide? What are the advantages of a pergola versus a porch roof?

At Archadeck of Charlotte we get asked this question almost daily! The answer lies in how the pergola is constructed. For example, the closer you space your rafters and perlins, the more sun protection you will receive. This is not to say it will stop all of the sun, but then again, neither will a roof. If you think about it, the sun moves all day long and your roof and or pergola of course are stationery. At any given time, the sun may peak under the roof as well. What both the pergola and the roof provide are some protection. The primary difference comes when you have rain, then the roof is the better protection by a long shot.

One solution to provide rain protection on a pergola is to cover it with either a canvas or metal pan system. There are some very nice products on the market now to cover a pergola with and you can get many design ideas at http://www.charlotte.archadeck. com

In the end, pergola’s can provide quite a bit of protection depending on how they are designed and the additional features you may choose to add to them. Talk to a professional who can guide you through the various options and prices!

Can you cover a pergola?

Can you really cover a pergola? At Archadeck of Charlotte we often get asked about the true utility of a pergola or arbor.

Archadeck of Charlotte built this pergola and paver patio

White pergola and paver patio in Charlotte, NC by Archadeck of Charlotte

Here are a few solutions:

1. Purchase and install a corrugated plastic cover (inexpensive but effective)

2. Purchase and install a Sunbrella like material fixed tarp or covering (better aesthetics but will need cleaning)

3. Purchase and install retractable fabric (expensive but long lasting and low maintenance)

For great ideas, go to the photo gallery at charlotte.archadeck.com

Thanks Margie Bell. We love to hear dependable, on time, attention to detail…

Every once in a while we receive a testimonial that’s just too good not to share. If you’re in the Charlotte market and are involved in the real estate industry, you’ve probably heard of Margie Bell. We can’t say it better than her website.

“Marjorie Bell has worked in the real estate industry for 36 years. She has been an active member of several Realtor® associations, served on various committees/boards and was “Realtor® of the Year” in 1989. She is an accomplished educator, speaker, author and coach.”

We tremendously enjoyed working with Margie on her arbor. Here’s what she said.

Working with the folks at Archadeck has been a joy.  From the moment we met with Eric Kent we knew we were in “good hands”.  The construction crew was dependable and on time!  Their attention to detail was impressive.  The end product, a gorgeous arbor, is beautiful.  I heartily recommend Archadeck and know that the consumer will never be disappointed with this company.

Marjorie Bell, BSN, ABR, GRI, SRES, SFR
Bell Consulting Services/Lead 2 Real Estate Group Realtor/Broker/Educator/Speaker/Coach

Vinyl vs. Wood Pergola? Best value in Charlotte?

The big question people ask us at Archadeck of Charlotte is what do we recommend when it comes to pergolas, vinyl or wood? There are several considerations to take account of when considering the answer.  Much like a deck, you should consider how long you are planning on staying in the home? Are you prepared to stain or paint the pergola every 2 – 4 years? What color do you want? Vinyl pergola’s are generally white only. They have very little maintenance other than washing them down. They should last your entire time in the home and then some. The cost is basically double that of a wood pergola depending on how it is built and the manufacturer. If you are looking for a white pergola, it is hard to beat vinyl! However, if you are looking for the natural beauty of wood and you do not mind occassional staining, you would spend 1/2 the money up front and have the rich look of real wood! To see examples, check out our photo galleries at    http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com   or http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com

Covered Pergolas over deck and patios in Charlotte

What is the use of a pergola? We get asked that all of the time when we are consulting homeowners on different design options for the backyards! One of the more aesthetically pleasing ways to cover a deck or patio is with a pergola. Pergolas can provide great shade with or without a fabric cover. By spacing the wood closer, pergolas actually block out quite a bit of sun and keep you cooler. If our customers wants total sun blockage, we can install a weather proof attractive fabric that goes on rollers below the ceiling rafters of the pergola. There are many desing options for pergolas that one should consider. The width and height of the columns, the cuts on the ends of the rafters, the decorative detail on the top and bottom of the posts all play a part in making your pergola more fitting for your home. There are also material choices that come into play that really drive the cost up or down depending on low maintenance materials or the type of wood selected for the project. For more information, please visit either of the two web sites below:


or   http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com