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Like most, we stayed at
home more than normal last
summer due primarily to
Covid. With so much time at
home, we quickly realized
how unusable our patio area
was much of the time because of excessive heat. How
can we make this space more
usable this coming summer?

digital thermometer and it was 87 degrees, Next, I aimed the thermometer
at a sunny area and it measured 139
degrees. Yes, that was 52 degrees
warmer than the air temperature!
Solar gain at its best...or worst if
you are sitting in this sunny area or
walking on this sunny area. That is 52
degrees warmer than the air temperature. Small wonder that any shade
from an umbrella or awning feels so
much more comfortable.

Good question. Patio and deck areas
often receive the full effect of solar
gain especially in the summer sun.
Most often this is so extreme that a
person can't comfortably walk on the
stones or deck surfaces with bare
feet. The surface seems to multiply
the sun's energy.

Last summer many people discovered
the importance of additional shade
which allowed them to use their deck
or patio areas safely while socially
distancing. This additional space
provides outside protected space at
a more reasonable cost than adding
a roof or addition. A roof or addition remains in place all year long,
whereas an awning or canopy has the
cover easily removed which allows
the sun to work its magic on interior
rooms. In other words, you can have
your cake and still eat it. Solar shade
in the summer and winter solar gain
thru windowed areas adding free

Often dark surfaces are warmer than
light surfaces. One interesting fact
that I discovered several years ago
on a medium dark surfaced deck was
the extreme heat gain. It was around
noon on a 87 degree day. I checked
a shaded area's temperature with a

did you know?

Windows can be one of

your home's most attractive
features. They provide views,
daylighting, ventilation, and
heat from the sun in the winter.

Unfortunately, they can also
account for 10% to 25% of your
heating bill by letting heat out.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy

heat and light to your home's interior.
If properly done, a tight-fitting awning
or canopy will withstand all of summer's storms.
In summary, a canopy or awning will
provide you with a cost effective and
reasonable solution for your patio
area. Last summer we turned many
useless areas into enjoyable and safe
areas. Outdoors was the way to stay
safe while still being more comfortable. Even the CDC recognizes this.
This gives you another option for a
better way to socialize and enjoy family and friends during the summer.
For more information, please don't
hesitate to give us a call or visit us
online. As I like to remind folks-
" summer is too short to have a patio
that you can't use comfortably! "

Les Kreider

President-Owner
Kreider's Canvas
Service, Inc.

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