if you have a 12ft wide 3 panel deck door that faces west like me, and your house needs other improvments more then a $500+? awning right now, heres a cheap way to block some sun, because the a/c unit has a real fight on its hands any sunny spring/summer/fall day.

cost?  ~$50 give or take

Step 1: what you need...

my deck is crappy, and its 10x12ft, and it has a big glass door as wide as the whole deck.  i already tinted the doors myself with a mirrored tint, which helped, but not enough, i was reminded this when my upstairs started to climb near 77 degrees this recent warm spring day (48 degrees and sunny here) my thermostat is set at 69.

so i had an idea, i went to harbor freight and found a 10x12 mesh tarp for about $25. they sell these other places too just check by the normal tarps. it claims to block around %70 of the suns rays...
Thanks for the ideas! We recently moved into a house with a small deck out back. The sun isn't too terribly hot, but I'm considering putting up an awning canopy using a solid tarp that could provide shade and shelter from rain. <br> <br>Your finished product looks great!
Like you I have looked for affordable ways to put some shade on my deck. Because of the wind, I haven't gone the route you chose (and because it is hard to keep the fly taut). But you've come up with some good ideas for the poles, that might help me out. Thanks for posting!
i dont THINK i will have problems with wind, my deck will probably fall apart if anything. unlike me if you get a tarp that is slightly smaller then your deck and not the exact size, should be easier to rig it tight

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