Creating useful, outdoor space is critical to deck builders and exterior design remodelers. Yet, with the mercury rising on the thermostat, one problem a lot of decks face is the heat on a summer afternoon.

As long-time deck builder Bobby Parks explains, there are several ways of duplicating the cooling effect of a big shade tree, including using an arbor, porch roof, trellis, or the space beneath a deck to escape the heat. Read more at our sister site Professional Deck Builder.

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