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From the shade to the garden.

As we arrive in the heat of summer, shaded areas are becoming increasingly rare. However, there are many alternatives to take full advantage of your terrace or garden during the sunniest hours of the day. To help you choose among the multitude of offers, this week, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover different solutions to create shade.

The arbours.


Originally, arbours were barrel-shaped wooden trellises covered with climbing plants. We now find wrought iron, wood or metal frames protected from the rain and the sun by a robust shade cloth or a layer of polyethylene. From twenty to more than one thousand euros, there are a lot of models of arbours, playing on the aesthetics, the shape, or even the size. Whichever model you choose, they usually perform their primary function and provide you with pleasant shading. Only downside, the lack of quality and reliability that characterizes many arbours sold in supermarkets, whatever their prices. It is therefore preferable to check their stability and resistance in the shop by subjecting the exposure model to a severe test. Otherwise, your new acquisition may fly away or bend at the slightest gust of wind.

Shade sails.


The sail or shade cloth is an Australian concept invented some twenty years ago. Arrived recently on the French market, these paintings are treated against the ultra violet rays of the sun and are totally impermeable. On feet or directly hung on the walls or even in the trees, they settle in the garden to create a shadow. One hundred percent flexible, they are arranged in the blink of an eye, which is ideal for rentals. With a modern and contemporary design they come in all colors and display round and square shapes of different sizes. As aesthetic as practical, they are available from fifty euros in DIY stores and can reach seven hundred euros for larger. Regret a lack of perspective to estimate the behavior of this product over time.

The parasols.

Multicolored parasol

Big stars of the summer, the timeless parasols are modernized and renewed to offer us even more freshness. With their movable arm, the deported models allow you to follow the sun without moving the whole of their structure. There are also giant umbrellas, able to cover up to fifty square meters. Add to the list the luxury models, which are at the forefront of technology with integrated lighting, heating or speakers.

Once well protected from the sun, you have to adjust your shadow as you see fit. To do this, HandymanDuanche invites you to consult his file devoted to the development of the gardenA corner relaxation in his garden

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