Awnings for Decks
Browse options for awnings for decks on HGTV.com and determine which style might be right for your outdoor living space.
Outdoor living spaces are often used for sunbathing or other outdoor activities, but sometimes a little shade or shelter is required—which is why awnings for decks are such a popular feature in many backyards.
Installing an Underdeck System
After the pitch of your underdeck has been determined, the wall channel installed and the gutters and downspouts attached, your exposed ceiling is ready for the underdeck paneling to be installed.
This short pile of aluminum panels will soon be installed as the new underdeck ceiling. Aluminum makes an excellent panel material because it will never rust, is easy to remove for periodic cleaning and will last for many years if you take care of it.
Before and After
Here is what an underdeck system looks like when it is being installed. You can see the original ceiling as well as the new white aluminum panels which are going to transform the look of the space from an unfinished area to a bright, attractive open air room.
Bead Board Beauty
Brick arches, a paver patio, outdoor furniture, recessed lighting, a ceiling fan with lights and a white bead board underdeck from MOSAIC Group make this open air space the ideal area for entertaining.
Expand Your Playing Field
Having a deck is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and your backyard but you could expand your outside living room with some hardscaping (add a courtyard and dining area) and the addition of an underdeck for larger social gatherings.
Image the Possibilities
Here is an example of a completed underdeck system which turned a previously unused space into one where you can have a cookout, a card party or just enjoy a quiet hideaway for reading or relaxing. Notice the white gutter on the left which effectively channels all rainwater runoff from the upper deck out into the backyard.
The Perfect Blend
Some underdeck panel colors go well with almost any design you can come up with such as this pool/fountain combo and a handsome double deck accented by purple railings and a Musket Brown underdeck.
When it comes to adding an underdeck system, think like a professional designer and imagine what color schemes and landscaping would look best. For example, here is an inspirational blend of colors and textures.
As you plan and design your deck, you'll have many choices to consider when it comes to awnings. One of the most popular choices is the retractable awning. This type of awning is able to be extended or removed depending on the weather or the whims of those in attendance, allowing for the greatest flexibility. These awnings come in many styles and materials, and they can be motorized or manually retractable.
Another option is the canopy awning. These are recommended for climates where snow or heavy rain is not prevalent, as they're good at keeping out sun but not as great when it comes to heavy precipitation.
For areas where snow or rain do occur more frequently, a metal deck awning may be a better choice. These tend to be more durable and last longer, and they can go a long way toward protecting your deck from the elements, as well.
Finally, for an awning that offers the flexibility of a canopy but with a more casual style, shade sails may be an option. These thin fabrics won't keep out the elements, but they're eminently repositionable and come in a variety of stylish colors and fabrics.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas
- How to Replace Composite Playhouse Decking
- How to Determine Your Deck Style
- Decks & Patios: Getting Started
- Shading Your Deck
- Deck From HGTV Green Home 2011
- Deck Tiles: What You Should Know