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February 25, 2022Taking Care

Everyone loves to have a little fun in the sun, but nobody wants to get a sunburn! That’s why shade coverings for pools are gaining popularity amongst pool owners. A pool tent cover can do more than just protect you from the sun’s harmful rays; it also can add beauty and ambiance to your backyard.

Why You Should Install Pool Shades?

Keeps The Pool Cooler

Swimming pools should help you beat the heat! That’s one reason why a pool shade cover is so practical to help keep your pool at an ideal temperature.

Offers Privacy

Nobody wants to feel like they are on display in their own backyard, especially when you are wearing your swimsuit! Pool shade structures are perfect for ensuring your privacy. 

Protects from UV rays

Let’s face it, most kids don’t want to bother with sunscreen. And while freckles are cute, they are also a sign of skin damage. A pool canopy shade will ensure that swimmers are protected from harmful UV rays.

Keeps The Pool Clean

Pools are fun, but anyone who has ever had to clean one knows that they also can be a lot of work. A pool shade tent will help cut down on cleaning time by keeping your pool free of debris.

Great Update 

Whether you want to cover a small spa or an Olympic-sized swimming pool, American Tent has beautiful options that will turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis. 


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1. Shade Sails 

Sailcloth tents are classy and beautiful. We don’t make them here at American Tent, at least not yet anyway, but we understand why people like them so much. However, all of that beauty comes at a cost. Prices for shade sails can be prohibitive for those on a budget. And like many beauties, sailcloth tents also can be divas because they require specific ground conditions due to their wooden pole supports.

2. Pergolas

Pergolas also can be a good choice of residential pool shade structures. They may not be for everyone, though. Here are some pros and cons of pergolas to help you decide if a pergola is the right solution for you.


  • Filter sunlight
  • Solid structure can withstand strong winds
  • Can be a semi-permanent or permanent year-round structure


  • Do not offer complete protection from UV rays
  • Cost of building materials can be prohibitive
  • May require someone with handyman skills to build
  • Require regular maintenance

3. Shade Canopies

Clearly, you have many swimming pool shade ideas to choose from. Shade canopies are another option with both good and bad points. They definitely provide plenty of shade, but unless they are retractable, your options for coverage are limited. A retractable structure also incurs additional construction costs and maintenance. A more cost-effective solution is a pop-up tent. They are durable, lightweight, easy to set up, and simple to store.

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4. Umbrellas

For folks with a tight budget, the old stand-by traditional patio umbrella is a fine option. Advantages include:

  • Affordable,
  • Portable
  • Adjustable
  • Disadvantages include:
  • Limited amount of shade
  • Can’t withstand windy conditions
  • Unattractive when closed
  • Fade over time

When considering purchasing a shade umbrella, take into account the lifespan of the umbrella. A more permanent swimming pool shade tent may cost more up-front but could pay off in the long term.

5. Cantilevers

If you’re looking for a shade solution that is somewhere between an umbrella and a semi-permanent or permanent shade tent for pools, a cantilever may be a good compromise. It provides a much broader area of shade for both swimmers and those who prefer to hang out alongside the pool. They are also more structurally sound since the base is driven right into the cement surrounding the pool.

6. Retractable Enclosures

If budget is not a consideration, then you could choose to splurge on a retractable enclosure. If you’ve ever lived in Florida or browsed photos of Florida homes online, the ubiquitous retractable pool enclosures are practically a must-have for the tropical climate. Floridians, and others who live in humid, warm climates, know that protection from insects is essential for any kind of outdoor living, making outdoor enclosures practically a necessity.


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If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool, our award-winning service team at American Tent would love to help you find the best shade option for backyard fun. Contact us to start planning for summer fun!

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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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