• Amused
  • Angry
  • Annoyed
  • Awesome
  • Bemused
  • Cool
  • Crazy
  • Crying
  • Drunk
  • Geeky
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Hungry
  • Innocent
  • Sad
  • Secret
  • Shy
  • Tired
  • Results 1 to 10 of 10
    1. #1
      Real Retriever
      Cool
       
      Murphy030813's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Kansas City, MO
      Posts
      324
      Thanked: 190

      Decks in full sunshine - need ideas!!!

      We recently had our deck washed and re-stained...and went with a darker color. Our deck is on the back of the house and is pretty much in the sunshine from 2p-sunset. Didn't really think this thru too well, because now the deck is essentially too hot for our doggies little paws! We are thinking that we could paint the baseboards a lighter color so they don't retain the heat as much. But a neighbor also mentioned getting some outdoor carpet that we could set down where the dogs normally go.

      We spend a fair amount of time on our deck in the summer and want our dogs with us, but need to protect their paws. Suggestions? Ideas?

      Thank you in advance!!!

    2. #2
      Senior Dog
      Snowshoe's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Canada
      Posts
      5,367
      Thanked: 3005
      Me, I think I'd try to provide shade instead. Awnings? Pergola with climbing vines? Umbrella?

    3. The Following User Says Thank You to Snowshoe For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-18-2017)

    4. #3
      Senior Dog
      Happy
       
      labsnewfy's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      WV
      Posts
      1,484
      Thanked: 746
      ^ this. Our back deck gets the same afternoon evening sun and it is hot! Our family room would even get to uncomfortable to be in during the evening hours, until we installed an awning. It cooled the room down 3 degrees just with the awning, course with the flood a couple years ago we had to redo our ductwork so that helped too. You can also get those raised beds so they are up off the deck floor but can still lay in the sun, with outdoor runners leading to the beds. With the awning you have to take it down when you are away incase of a pop up storm but they have a motorized one. We have the crank awning and it is still pretty easy goes up in no time at all.
      Hidden Content

      Coleman - CGC blk lab 6/02/97-2/25/08 adopted
      Tootsie - choc lab 10/19/99-8/03/13 adopted
      Bailey - CGC newf/fc 7/12/00-07/15/14 rescued
      Ginger - BT 11/16/05 rescued
      Sarah - blk lab 6/22/06 rescued
      rescued felines - AJ - 8/00 - 1/11, Merlin - 5/20/05, Tucker - 8/3/10, Penny - 7/7/13

    5. The Following User Says Thank You to labsnewfy For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-18-2017)

    6. #4
      Senior Dog
      SunDance's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Ellicott City, MD
      Posts
      3,326
      Thanked: 1731
      We'd started out with a canvas canopy and ended up, years later, with a real roof being built over the deck from mid-point in back and around to where it ends at our garage. Best investment we ever made.

      Our deck is stained a light color and that makes no difference in the heat buildup, as far as I'm concerned.
      Hidden Content

      Sunnie: gotcha day 03/08/09; birth unknown but given 07/01/02

      Danny: The Sundance Kid....Sunnie's boy....birth 03/31/09 (in my living room)

      Barb (ID formerly "Baffle")

    7. The Following User Says Thank You to SunDance For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-18-2017)

    8. #5
      Real Retriever
      Cool
       
      annkie's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Pennsylvania
      Posts
      425
      Thanked: 185
      We have a raised bed.


      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    9. The Following User Says Thank You to annkie For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-18-2017)

    10. #6
      Senior Dog
      Happy
       
      POPTOP's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Illinois
      Posts
      9,287
      Thanked: 5251
      Until you can get what you want done, how about large mats. We have them on our deck but don't have the super hot problem you have.
      Hidden Content
      Kissing Bandit

    11. The Following User Says Thank You to POPTOP For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-18-2017)

    12. #7
      Senior Dog
      Jeff's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Grand Rapids, MI
      Posts
      1,518
      Thanked: 1841
      One thing to make note of is how much wind you get. My deck is very well protected living in the woods the trees really cut down on wind. This will really determine your cover.

      I have a full canvas canopy. Very much like this one.
      https://www.hayneedle.com/product/st...-ft-gazebo.cfm

      Very easy to put up. Mine also has full mosquito screen. I really love this because I can also be outside in the rain. In the end I would love to put up something a little more permanent. But right now the frame stays up year round, and in May, next weekend actually, I put it up and sometime in late September early October it comes down. A neighbor down the road has really high winds and not protected. One time in a storm he found his ripped from his deck, as they are bolted down and in his front lawn as it went over his roof damaging it on the way.

      If you have high wind scenario then you might want to look into something more like a Pergola, with the long wooden slats going east to west so the angle of the sun gets full shade. You can get canvas and stuff like curtains for them as well.
      New England Arbors Summerwood Vinyl Pergola - BJ's Wholesale Club

      In the end, the best thing is really shade. This will help in a lot of ways like also stopping the deck from fading.

    13. The Following User Says Thank You to Jeff For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-24-2017)

    14. #8
      Senior Dog
      Happy
       
      labsnewfy's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      WV
      Posts
      1,484
      Thanked: 746
      We have the sunsetters awning bought it the first summer here after cooking ourselves in the back deck. We bought the wind flapper things you can put on each side to keep the wind from lifting it up. We also bought a side shade to help keep the deck cool in the evening as the back faces the west. I would love to get a pergola to attach to the house so I don't have to worry about leaving and the awning up. But not a complete cover just something to help block the sun.

    15. The Following User Says Thank You to labsnewfy For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-24-2017)

    16. #9
      Senior Dog
      Amused
       
      voodoo's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      NM
      Posts
      844
      Thanked: 475
      buy em some shoes
      First time pet owner
      Hidden Content
      Chili born 7/21/2013

    17. The Following User Says Thank You to voodoo For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-24-2017)

    18. #10
      Senior Dog
      Mr Kleb's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      here
      Posts
      1,308
      Thanked: 959
      It sounds like your deck is right up against the house. If so you can buy a retractable awning that attaches to the house. I have seen them at Home Depot and Lowes.

      Our deck is shaded from about noon until late afternoon. We wanted a little late afternoon sun protection as well as wind protection and privacy from one neighbour. So I built a frame from 2" x 2"s that extends about 2 1/2' above the railing on that side, or about 6' above the deck. We bought a roll of burlap, cut pieces to fit, and stapled them to the frame. Other fabrics, like window screening, would work.
      Andrew, Faye, Achilles, and Fitzi

      Not gone, only gone on ahead - Bruno, Rex, BoJo, Kendal, Kingsley, Moonpie, Avis, Corndog, and now Stella

      I invite you to visit my blog, Hidden Content .

      Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. -Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science (b. 15 Feb 1945)

    19. The Following User Says Thank You to Mr Kleb For This Useful Post:

      Murphy030813 (05-24-2017)

    Quick Reply Quick Reply

     



    Not a Member of the Labrador Retriever Chat Forums Yet?
    Register for Free and Share Your Labrador Retriever Photos

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •