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Things To Keep In Mind When Putting Together A Screened In Gazebo

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Screened In GazeboAt first, putting together a screened in gazebo may seem intimidating, but if the directions are carefully followed, in no time you will have the gazebo of your dreams standing in front of you. However, there are also some things to keep in mind that will help the process. This is particularly important because of safety precautions, but also to maintain the integrity of the gazebo for as long as possible.

Do Not Use When Raining Or Storming

While this might seem like common sense, many people may think it’s ok to set up a gazebo when raining or storming outside. However, what will happen is that the gazebo will be damaged in the wind and the rain – the gazebo is not suitable cover from the weather.

Don’t Use Excessive Force When Putting Together the Gazebo

If when putting together parts of the gazebo pieces aren’t fitting together right, don’t force it! I know it will seem frustrating, but what will be even more frustrating is having a broken gazebo that you can’t use at all. Instead, practice pitching the gazebo a few times before you actually need to use it, so setting up the gazebo becomes just as easy as tying your shoes

Stake Out Your Gazebo

Remember, always drive stakes into your gazebo, and pitch it in on a clear area where there are no twigs or rocks. By driving stakes into the ground you will be keeping your gazebo anchored and stabilized, which is particularly important when it’s time for it to be used.

Don’t Leave Your Gazebo Out In The Sun

Just like anything that sits in the sun too long, the color will start to be bleached and faded. Not only will the color fade, but more importantly, the fabric might be damaged. This can all be avoided by just putting your gazebo away after using it. So, remember, no matter how tempting it might be to leave the gazebo out, put it away after use to increase the shelf life of the product. 

Don’t Set Up The Canopy On Steep Inclines

The last thing you want is to set up your gazebo and then have it tumble down a hill. And even if it doesn’t tumble down the hill, a gazebo shouldn’t look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You want your Gazebo to be symmetrical and on level ground after setting it up.

Do Not Barbecue Underneath the Canopy

This idea is actually pretty tempting, but it’s an extremely bad idea. Having the canopy that near the fire can easily lead to unwanted damage. Similarly, make sure the gazebo is set up a good distance away from bonfires or anything else that requires flames.

Don’t Spray the Gazebo With Insecticides

Some of the special qualities of the canopy include being water repellant and flame retardant. As much as you may want to keep away those annoying mosquitos, using the insecticides on the Gazebo will degrade its qualities.

Hand Wash The Canopy

When washing the canopy only use mild soap. Don’t machine wash it, and anything harsh like bleach should be avoided. Also, when done washing, make sure to dry it thoroughly so that it won’t have any water damage the next time you want to use it. You also want to make sure mildew doesn’t form, which can happen when leaving the gazebo moist.

While this might seem like a lot to keep in mind, most of it is common sense and putting in a little extra effort to maintain the gazebo. If these directions are followed you will have many happy and shady days with your canopy!

Which Canopy Will Work Best For You?

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Choosing A CanopyAll canopies are not created equal. This should be kept in mind when figuring out which canopy to purchase. A canopy is designed to provide shade and cover, but each specific canopy is tailored for different needs. When buying a canopy make sure to keep in mind what your needs are and then purchase accordingly.

Quikshade has a wide variety of quality canopies that should be able to fit any event or need. The materials are of high quality and they are portable and easy to put together. Part of the reason they are so durable is the high-quality materials that they are made of, such as fabrics backed with Aluminex and frames that are built to last.  

These canopies can serve a wide variety of functions, from an outing on the beach, to an outdoor family get-together. To get started, let’s go over what a heavy duty canopy is appropriate to use for, in case that’s what you may be interested in.

Heavy Duty Canopy

These are most likely useful for the campers or hikers, for the people who want to take an adventure where they have to brave the elements. If you’re going on an epic camping or hiking trip, where you won’t have any shelter, then the heavy duty canopy is the best option. When hiking or camping, the weather is always a big question mark.

And when it rains or heavy winds start to blow, then the heavy duty canopy can provide important protection. This is especially important to keep in mind, because of safety precautions that should be taken when hiking. Having a means to get some protection from the elements is essential. This way when a hiker gets hit by unexpected bad weather, instead of huddling underneath a tree he can just set up his heavy duty canopy.

Party Canopy

The name sort of gives away the use, but party canopies are best utilized for outdoor parties that require a large group of people. For even larger parties, a commercial canvas might be needed for an event that needs a larger, heavier canopy. During the summer months, everyone wants to make sure they have their share of activities outside.

No one wants to be holed up inside, when they can be outside in the sun enjoying the weather and the summer activities. The party canopy makes this even more possible, by providing shade and a place to congregate for any outdoor party. The ease of use and usability of the party canopy makes it indispensable for anyone who likes to throw summer parties.

Pop Up Canopies

For smaller events, like birthday parties or family get-togethers, the pop up canopy is a perfect solution. They are lightweight and easy to assemble. These canopies take away a lot of the stress of planning smaller get-togethers, and then you can spend more time planning what to serve and what games to play. By having a pop up canopy around during a summer day, your guests will have a convenient and comfortable place to get some shade. Your family and friends will thank you for it!

Additionally, all of these canopies have a convenient variety of accessories that can be added. For many years to come, these canopies are versatile and useful to have when planning outdoor activities. The possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to how they can be used. And now that you’ve read about the different types of canopies to choose from, you can make a better decision on which one suits your needs best, whether it’s protecting yourself from bad weather or throwing a party for family and friends.

How To Have Movie Night In Your Backyard

Posted on: July 21st, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


Many people who grew up when drive-in theaters were everywhere still miss the experience. A movie drive-in was when people would drive their cars to an outdoor movie theater and watch movies on a gigantic screen from the comfort of their own cars.

But since that has died out, the next best thing is to have movie night in the backyard. It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s not that bad with a little planning ahead of time. The results of the work will definitely be worth the extra effort put in the planning.

Outdoor movie nights are great to have in the summer, when the evenings are balmy and most people want to stay outside as long as possible anyways.

Using a pop-up canopy is a great and easy way to provide some protection from the wind, the insects, and anything that may fall from the trees, while enjoying the movie outside.  This is particularly important if anyone is planning on spending the night. So here are some things to do to transform your backyard.

Creating The Movie Screen

First, ask around to see if anyone you know would be willing to lend you a screen for a night. If not, creating your own may be easier than you think. All you need is a large white area to project the movie. You can create a large screen with white sheets, poles, and a rope! You can then play the movie off of your laptop, and voila! your theater is ready to go! Once this makeshift movie screen is built, it’s something that you can use in the future anytime you feel like having outdoor movie night again.

Choosing The Right Movie

Since this will be shown outside, and this means the neighbors or anybody passing by might get a glimpse, this might not be the time to show a horror movie or one with adult themes. It’s probably best to keep the movie fun and light. Eighties movies are always popular, because of their lighthearted nostalgic value.

If there will be kids attending, maybe even throw in an animated movie for them to watch while the adults are socializing. Skip documentaries or movies that deal with very serious subject matter, best to keep it lighthearted and humorous. And going with the theme of the drive in, they always showed two movies, so it’s best to have at least two movies in mind that you want to show.

Encourage People To Bring Their Own Creature Comforts

Since this will be a long night of watching movies, encourage people to bring their favorite pillow or blanket, or their favorite chair. These can all be set up under the portable canopy, so that everyone will be as comfortable as possible while watching the movies. And don’t worry if any parts of the canopy get lost outside, canopy frame parts can be easily replaced at very affordable prices.

Create A Mini Concession Stand

Popcorn is synonymous with movies. And it’s a great way to build on the theme of movie night, by making sure there is plenty of popcorn available. You can also have an array of treats like brownies or candied apples, for people to munch on during the night. If your party starts earlier in the evening, before the movies start showing, you can serve hot dogs and refreshments under a portable canopy, while people socialize. This way the canopy can protect the food from anything falling into it throughout the evening.

The end result should be a successful movie night that people of all ages can enjoy. These movie nights should be especially delightful if the party is thrown for kids, who will definitely enjoy the novelty of the experience. It’s amazing how a simple change of location can make the act of watching a movie such a different experience.

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How To Throw A Great Outdoor Party

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Great Out Door PartyDuring the summer months, many festivities move outside. This is the time when everyone wants to throw the perfect outdoor party. While having great company is essential for a party to be a blast, the proper planning can make the party even better.

Canopies are perfect to use for an outdoor party, such as the 8 x 10 replacement canopy. Easy to assemble and to transport, they can be set up to provide shade and comfort to your guests, so they don’t have to get burned in the hot sun. Want to know more? Here’s a step-by-step guide to planning that perfect outdoor party.

Find A Suitable Location

The first and most obvious place is to use your backyard. But if you don’t have one large enough or suitable enough, look into the local beaches and parks in the area. People often host all sorts of get-togethers on a beach or park, and it could be perfect for your needs. You could also ask around to see if your friends wouldn’t mind loaning their backyard for a day. No matter what you choose, just make sure that it’s big enough to accommodate the amount of people you want to come.

Be On The Look Out For A Sunny Day

No one wants glum or rainy weather to lower the mood of the festivities. Check the forecast for the best day to hold the party. This way you can lower the chances of your outdoor party being rained out or hampered by excessive winds or fogs.

Plan The Menu

Since the food is going to be eaten outside, maybe in less than ideal circumstances, ease of eating should always be taken into consideration in addition to taste. So keep the food choices delicious but easy to make. Since this is outside, take advantage of seasonal fruits, by making a freshly chopped fruit salad. You can also make several easy to create dishes such as a charcuterie plate or a cheese and fruit plate.

These only require some cutting, no heat, and will be a hit with the guests. Make sure to bring a small cutting board and knife as you never know when this will come in handy. For an extra touch bring water with sprigs of mint and freshly cut lemons for guests to enjoy a healthy, fresh beverage. Also, don’t forget to ask around, see if any of the guests will be willing to bring their own dish. Guaranteed, a couple people will be happy to bring something. Most people enjoy showing off their recipes to their friends.

Set Up The Area For Maximum Comfort And Convenience

Once you have the menu figured out, the day picked, and the location, now it’s time to figure out how the area should be set up. A shade canopy will be essential to creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Once tables are set up, along with chairs and a food station, the canopies can be set up. They can be set up over the tables, so that people will have some shade while they eat. They can also be set up over the food and beverage area, so you can have some shade, while making sure everyone else is fed and happy.

Extra Touches

Once the essentials are figured out, some special touches can always be added to give the party a special finish. This is the time to have some fun, like mixing-and-matching colorful plates. Butcher paper makes a useful and cheap tablecloth. You could also use colorful and funky chairs that may be too over-the-top for everyday use.

Once these steps are followed, your party is sure to be a delicious and memorable experience for all the party-goers. With the abundance of friends and fresh food, everyone can kick back and enjoy the party.

Shade Can Have a Big Effect on Outdoor Temperature

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Outdoor Shade OptionsIn the summer our bodies can be greatly affected by heat and the UV rays of the sun and many people die of heat related accidents, especially the elderly.  Shade is an inexpensive cooling option that is proven to be effective.  The temperature in the shade can be lower than the actual outdoor temperature by 15 to 20 degrees.  Trees work well as a source of shade but if that isn’t an option then a portable shade canopy that allows air to flow through it works just as well to reduce the temperature.  Tents that have side coverings can actually work to increase the temperature so it is important to get a simple canopy top and not a canvas cabana. 

It is surprising to think how much of an effect that shade can have on the actual temperature when you are outside.  It can mean the difference between suffering in the sun at 100 degrees or relaxing at 80 degrees under a pop-up shade.  Probably the easiest thing in the worst heat of the summer is to stay indoors but that is not always possible.  The best option is using shade to your advantage so that you stay safe and comfortable when the temperatures start getting too high.  

New Solar Home for High Temperature Desert Areas

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


For those that live in the American southwest, a new solar home model has been created to help come with the extreme temperatures that exist in the desert.  The home was designed to combat urban sprawl which is affecting the available resources in areas like Phoenix and Albuquerque. 

These solar homes are able to remain cool while using minimal resources to adapt to the desert environment.  The home has external vertical screens and a solar shade canopy to maintain a stable temperature. 

Along with its external canopy shade fixture it also has an indoor cooling system and plants native to the area that do not require too much water to survive. By using minimal resources this home is efficient and suitable for the conditions of Arizona and New Mexico. 

This type of design is perfect for an environment that can be hazardous to live in and leads to overpopulation of the bigger cities.  With a more comfortable home that has a cooling system and effective shade covering, residents of these areas will be able to live anywhere in the southwest and cope with the high temperature changes in these regions.  The use of solar power also makes it a good option to be environmentally friendly.  

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Cattle Farms Must be Extra Vigilant in the Summer Heat

Posted on: July 4th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


As heat waves and record temperatures begin to affect the U.S. this summer, particularly in the Midwest, it is important for farms to keep their animals safe from heat stress.  For the benefit of the cattle’s comfort as well as preventing too much loss from heat-related incidents, farmers need to keep their animals cool and well-hydrated. 

The animals need shade canopies, especially black-hided cattle which are affected the most by the sun.  Either pasture farms with trees for shade or portable shade should be available at all times for the animals.  They may need extra drinking water space and to be sprayed periodically if they are showing signs of heat stress. 

Cattle and other animals have should have the right to experience comfort while they are living on a farm and they are often forced into very poor conditions. 

Providing them some canopy shade and extra water during the summer is a way to ease their stress and it can also benefit farmers by preventing unnecessary sickness among the animals.  Cattle and all farm animals should be treated fairly and given relief from heat or anything else that causes them too much discomfort or pain.  

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Local New England Festival to Benefit Alzheimer’s Awareness

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

The New England Pull Truck Championships will be held in August as a family event and festival with the money going towards Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Awareness.  The event will have activities for kids including pull truck competitions using a Power Wheels truck.  There will be a cooling off station and shade canopy where a martial arts demonstration will take place.

There will be several pop-up tents where vendors will be offering samples of their products for which the profits go toward fighting Alzheimer’s.  A local DJ will provide music for the event. 

This type of event is a great way to raise funds for an important cause like treating Alzheimer’s.  The families attending this event can have fun by watching the competition under the shade tent or by participating in fun activities all while supporting a cause that needs more attention. 

The more people do to bring awareness and benefit people with Alzheimer’s, the closer we will get to finding a cure for this illness.  Events like this are a great way to raise money while giving the local community an event that will be memorable and a learning experience for young children.