Our deck gets a huge amount of sun during the day and as it is our primary outdoor living space, we spend a fair bit of time out there.
Unfortunately, it is one story off the ground as we live on the side of a gully, it can catch a fair bit of wind.
We've looked at louvred roofs but they're very very expensive. We've also looked at shade sails and got quite a hefty price to have a rectangular one fitted for our space (approx 6m x 2.5m) due to the need for engineering a galvanised post for one corner.
The third option we've considered is a retractable awning. We've only had one quote but it was only marginally more than the shade sail option. The main advantage I can see is that when we don't want shade out there, the retractable awning will be pretty much invisible.
My main concern is longevity (as it still isn't a cheap exercise) and how much of a breeze they can cope with, as it can be very hot out on the deck in the sun yet still a bit breezy, probably due to the deck being so high off the ground and on the side of said gully.
What are peoples experiences with them and are there any recommendations of companies to talk to about them?