When looking to add some shade coverage to your backyard, many questions come to mind. Umbrella or awning? What are the best retractable awnings? What are the different types of awnings available? Are retractable awnings worth the money? At Revive Outdoor Living, we’re here to help you make a decision on what shade coverage will best suit your needs! Take a look below to learn more.

Choosing the Right Solution for Your Space (and budget) 

When deciding between an awning or an umbrella, there are a few things to consider.  

  • Do you want permanent coverage solutions or temporary?  
  • Will it cover your entire outdoor area or just a part of it?  
  • Are you covering a deck or a patio?  
  • Do you rent or own your living space?  

All these questions (and more) need to be considered before deciding between an awning or an umbrella. Before making your decision, take a look at your space and budget – knowing what you can afford, as well as what you can fit in your outdoor space will help you make the best decision for your space. 


Umbrellas VS Awnings – The Facts 

Umbrellas are an affordable and easy way to create a small shaded area in any outdoor space. Umbrellas can be moved and stored easily throughout the year, and they also come in various colours, shapes, and sizes. Not only do umbrellas help beat the heat, but they also help to block out harmful UV rays while you’re enjoying your time outside. While umbrellas provide immediate benefits, they also have their disadvantages. Umbrellas can be easily damaged by wind and heavy rain, and have the potential to topple over during inclement weather. Umbrellas also require additional ground space for their large stands meaning more of your patio or deck would be taken up by your umbrella. To learn more about outdoor umbrellas, check out this handy guide. 

Like umbrellas, awnings come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, applications, and designs, but they are a more permanent solution to shade. Awnings are installed in places that can support their size and weight, and usually add property value to a location once they’re installed. Not only do awnings provide shade protection, but they also cover a much larger area than umbrellas and can even improve the temperature inside your home by blocking out UV rays that heat up spaces. Sometimes, awnings are considered to be an expensive feature, however, the benefits often outweigh the initial cost because awnings can keep your home cooler during the warmer months and help cut down on energy costs. Check out our blog on the benefits of awnings to learn more. 

To umbrella, or to awning? 

At Revive Outdoor Living, we’re BIG fans of awnings because we know that they provide superior coverage for any outdoor space. We create custom residential awnings to enhance your home, turning it into your personal private retreat. With friendly, personalized consultations to professional one-day installation, we will make sure getting your awning is as easy for you as it is enjoying it. Give us a call today to see how we can help you turn your outdoor space into an outdoor oasis!