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Certain things  just ‘go’ together for summer fun.

Decks, Pergolas, St. Louis Mo, Archadeck

Deck with Pergola Design Drawing by Archadeck

  • hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill
  • a hammock under a tree
  • lemonade stands and kids
  • swimming pools and sprinklers
  • ice cream trucks and outdoor games
  • and a deck with a shade pergola because…

… there’s no better way to add a bit of shade over a deck, than with a pergola. Read the rest of this entry »

Vinyl Pergolas, St. Charles Mo by Archadeck

Vinyl Pergola, St. Charles Mo, by Archadeck

Two very common questions for us at Archadeck are:

‘How can we add shade to our deck design?”


”How can we add shade to our backyard?’

And the simple answer is often with a shade pergola.

Pergolas can be designed and built in many styles, shapes and colors with choices of materials including wood and vinyl.

Wood Pergola over a Deck by Archadeck

Wood Pergola over a Deck by Archadeck

A pergola can be designed and built:

  • as a free-standing, backyard structure
  • to shade parts of any deck
  • to shade an entire deck
  • or to cover a patio or a walkway

So the point of a pergola?

A refined focal point with a ‘finished look’ for your deck while providing shaded areas for outdoor living. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks with Shade Pergolas by Archadeck

Shade Pergola for a Deck by Archadeck

When it comes to our weather, St. Louis is often called ‘the land of the four seasons’.

And it’s not uncommon for St. Louisians to experience ‘all four seasons’ in the span of one week!

One day folks might be wearing snow boots and the next day, backyard BBQ’s are happening.

Really… it’s true.

Of course, we have some dreary and cold days; however, by and large, St. Louis is filled with sunshine during all four-seasons.

But by now you’re probably thinking, “What does all this weather-talk have to do with pergolas?”

Well, anyone who lives in our area can attest our weather can be downright crazy at times; subsequently, homeowners living ‘in this neck of the woods’ definitely take weather into account when considering outdoor home improvements including shade options. Read the rest of this entry »

White Vinyl Shade Pergola by Archadeck

White Vinyl Shade Pergola by Archadeck

Here in St. Louis, summer 2011 has been brutally hot.

So how do contractors plan and design a perfect backyard structure that associates ‘outdoor living’ with comfort?


And plenty of it!

Custom deck designers and builders, like Archadeck, can easily include shade into your deck design in several ways:  shade pergola, privacy walls and lattice, open or screened gazebo, deck with a roof cover or a screened in deck.

Significant shade can be achieved with a pergola — an open, roof-like, slatted structure.

Deck Shade, Gazebos, Archadeck

Gazebo for Deck Shade, by Archadeck

Pergolas provide a polished look for a deck while filtering sunlight too.  Add a few vines or hanging plants to your pergola and the result — more shade!  And depending on the direction your deck faces, a tall privacy rail or lattice trellis can be constructed to block additional direct sun.

An open gazebo or a screened gazebo with a deck is another fantastic way to add shade.

Gazebos are stylish, shaded outdoor rooms that add charm to any deck, home and backyard setting.

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