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Photo: Delpixel (Shutterstock) If you’re interested in spending more time in the yard this summer, but need to increase your shaded areas to make it more cool and comfortable, a shade sail might be for you. Unlike a roof, a shade sail is intended to let air circulate through it while providing a cooler spot. Shade sails are also removable, making them good for areas with high winds or storms. They won’t pose a danger to nearby structures—like your house. Choose a shade sail and plan your configuration A shade sai l can come with either three or four corners and will have eyelets in each, allowing the sail to be stretched across an open area. They come in a variety of colors, but the best ones will be a light color, to avoid absorbing too much heat from the sun. Planning your placement should take local building codes into account. Also consider the direction of the sun when you’re most likely to be using it, and of course, aesthetics. You don’t have to install them level to the ground, so you can adjust the post height based on your preferences. What you’ll need to install your shade sail This project involves digging deep post holes and using posts to attach your shade sail. You should always make sure that you’re clear of buried utility lines before you dig, so if you live in the United States, dial 811. They will help you to locate and avoid any possible […]