Canopies and Pop-Ups

  1. Backyard Shade Solutions: Fresh Ideas for a Cool Backyard

    Backyard Shade Solutions: Fresh Ideas for a Cool Backyard

    Having a beautiful, shady place in the backyard you can use come summer can be invaluable. Backyard shade allows you to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends in a comfortable way that full sun simply can’t match. With a comfortable shaded area, you don’t have to worry about the sun shining down too much and you can add value to your home with tasteful visual features that make your property stand out.

    What are the best backyard shade solutions? Gazebos, solariums, pergolas, shade sails, canopy tents, and pop-canopies all have specific benefits as structures in your landscape. Depending on your budget and the look you’re going for, one of these selections might stand out over another.

    Here’s a bit about each to help you choose the best shade solution for your home this summer.

    Gazebos vs Pergolas

    You’ve seen them in ads and in brochures but you might not be sure what they’re called: gazebos and pergolas. These two shade solutions present two popular ways you can add physical features to your backyard that help define your space. Both gazebos and pergolas have their different benefits, however, and what you choose can depend on the amount

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  2. If You Can’t Go to the Game, Have a Backyard Tailgate Party

    If You Can’t Go to the Game, Have a Backyard Tailgate Party
    Can't go to the game, race, or concert? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same tailgate party experience at home. here's what you need to make it happen
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  3. Smoked Turkey vs. Fried Turkey: Which Is Best for Thanksgiving Dinner?

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    Every year, when Thanksgiving comes around, most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen getting ready all the dishes that will leave us needing individual wheelbarrows to get us back to our beds at the end of the day. The main draw of the Thanksgiving meal is undoubtedly the turkey. That alone takes plenty of time, starting with picking it out, cooking it, and then stuffing and carving it.

    Almost everyone knows what an excellent roasted turkey should taste like. However, there's no reason that you have to repeat the same method of preparation each year. 

    Do you want to try something different this Thanksgiving? Don't worry—we aren't talking about Tofurkey. Instead, how about a fried or smoked turkey versus the classic roasted turkey? In this article, we dig into the turkey and the various ways you can safely prepare it for your family.

    Ways to Cook a Turkey and How They Differ

    Roasting a turkey is the typical way to prepare them for the Thanksgiving season. Roasting is a pretty drawn-out process, particularly if you want to stuff the turkey. You will need to have a stuffed turkey in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes per pound of turkey. For example, when preparing a 12-pound turkey, you need to keep it in the oven for about three hours.

    Fried Turkey

    However, there are other options when it comes to turkey preparation. For instance, you can fry the turkey. A deep-fried turkey will likely appeal to the younger generation of Thanksgiving attendees. However, the succulent skin you get when you have a fried turkey will appeal to almost anyone.

    Pros of a Fried Turkey:

    • Frying a turkey is likely one of the fastest ways you can get this bird cooked. That means if you wake up late on the fateful morning, you can still have the turkey deliciously cooked through in no time. Compared to the 15 minutes per pound for a roasted turkey, the cooking time of fried turkey is about three
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  4. Why You Need a Meat Smoker, and Which Type is Best for You

    Why you Need a Meat Smoker

    When you need to take your backyard BBQing to the next level, it’s time to invest in a meat smoker. There’s hardly a better way to get delicious, juicy, fall-off-the-bone meat than a slow-cooking smoker that infuses an iconic smoked flavor into your meat. Even a cheap cut of chuck beef can end up becoming a delicious, tender roast that will impress your guests — and you can keep the price of your meal your best-kept secret! 

    This guide will discuss the six types of smokers, how to use them, where to use them, how long it takes to smoke meat, and the health benefits of smoked meats. Also, you’ll discover how hardtop shelters are a must for protecting your meat smoker from the elements. 

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    What Is a Meat Smoker?

    A meat smoker is a device that cooks meat slowly through a tried-and-true method of cooking meat under low heat and smoke. This art has been passed down from generation to generation and was once one of the only ways to preserve meat without a refrigerator. Not only was smoked meat vital for survival, but its delicious flavor has also kept it in BBQ cookbooks long after refrigerators became mainstream. There’s no denying the quality and texture of smoked meat that can only be produced by a meat smoker. 

    Depending on your abilities and needs, there are several types of smokers to enhance your BBQ game.

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  5. Top 5 Fun Fall Backyard Activities

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    The fall is a fun time to get outdoors and have a great time with the people you love hanging out with. But your fall fun doesn't have to be limited to festivals, fairs, and fishing holes: there are plenty of ways to entertain right in your own backyard.

    Whether you want to have an intimate gathering with the family or a blowout party with your neighbors and friends, we have some ideas in mind. Here are our top 5 fun fall backyard activities, which can also be adapted for gatherings of any size.

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    Backyard Movie Night

    Grab the popcorn, drinks, candy, some outdoor portable chairs, and some blankets, and turn your backyard into a movie theater! If you have a laptop and a projector, you can stream one of the latest movies onto a portable screen, a sheet, or the side of a shed. Better yet, if you have a Sojag gazebo in your backyard, you can enjoy the open air, have a roof over your head, and attach a screen to the posts or the eave of the structure. 

    While a

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  6. How to Build a Backyard Office and WFH

    How to Build a Backyard Office and WFH

    If you’ve been part of the WFH workforce for a while, you might find yourself longing for a change of scenery. While skipping the morning commute is certainly convenient, it’s sometimes hard to stay productive with all the distractions happening inside the home.

    However, if you’re lucky enough to have some backyard space, you can solve the problem with style! Backyard offices and studio sheds are a fun new trend that's catching on like wildfire. From an elaborate freestanding building to a simple shady spot on the deck, there are many ways to turn your outdoor space into a WFH space. Here are some of our top tips for creating an outdoor WFH space you’ll love.

    Backyard Office Preparation: Evaluate Your Space

    Before you get started, take a moment to evaluate your space. This will help you determine the ideal location for your new backyard office. One of the advantages of working outside is the ability to immerse yourself in nature. See if you can position your office so it offers you a view of your garden, a water feature, your pool, or an outdoor fireplace. You’ll also want to make sure it's located far enough away from your home and the street so you aren't distracted by noise. 

    Don't forget to pay attention to where the sun is positioned at various points of the day. A little bit of sun is great, but you don’t want to swelter under harsh rays day after day.

    In most cases, you won’t need a ton of space. An eight-by-ten-foot structure should work fine. Remember, many cubicles are only six feet by six feet. If you can come up with at least that much space, you can enjoy working outdoors!

    Here are a few other things you'll need to consider as you plan out your space. 

    Temperature and Shade

    When designing a backyard office, choosing a cool, shady space is critical. Glare on your laptop will make working difficult and the eye strain can cause headaches. If you’re always hot and uncomfortable, you also won’t

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  7. Treat Your Home to a Backyard Makeover

    Treat Your Home to a Backyard Makeover

    Outdoor upgrades are one of this year’s most popular home improvements. In fact, according to a recent survey, 90% of Americans agree that their outdoor living space is “more valuable than ever before.” Sadly, the survey also found that 88% of people are currently dissatisfied with their outdoor spaces.  

    If you’re part of this majority, don’t fret. A backyard makeover is easier and less time-consuming than you might think. Whether you want to increase your curb appeal or create a completely new outdoor living space, there are many simple projects that will help you reach your goal. Best of all, you can complete most backyard projects in just a few days. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

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    Refresh Your Deck or Patio

    If your home’s deck or patio has seen better days, a simple refresh will go a long way. You can easily restore your deck by making repairs, cleaning the surface, and adding a fresh coat of stain. Not only will this improve the look of your deck, but it will also seal the wood, incre

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  8. Canopies and Gazebos to Upgrade Your Backyard Space

    Covered Dining Area Under A SOJAG Gazebo

    More people are spending time at home now than at any time in recent history. With the recent trend toward working and schooling at home, it’s easy for your space to start feeling a bit crowded. If you’re looking for ways to expand your home’s usable space, adding an outdoor structure, like a backyard gazebo, is an excellent idea! This functional, practical upgrade will add style to your space while also improving your property value.

     

    There are many ways to use canopies and gazebos in your yard. Once you start using your imagination, the possibilities are virtually endless! The following guide will explore the most popular outdoor structures and offer some suggestions for how you can use them to upgrade your backyard space.


    Freestanding Gazebos


    When you’re looking for the ultimate in flexibility, freestanding gazebos are a great choice. They come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, making them appropriate for many different uses.


    While there are many options to choose from, high-quality aluminum gazebos are one of the most popular. Not only are they cost-effective, but if you choose one that’s made from top-of-the-line materials, you can have the confidence of knowing it will stand up to the elements and look beautiful for years to come.


    Creative Uses for Freestanding Gazebos

     

    Patio gazebos are a popular option for homeowners who want to create a covered dining area or a DIY kitchen. It’s the ideal place to relax and entertain family and friends while enjoying protection from wind, rain, and the sun’s harsh UV rays.

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  9. Plan a Vacation: Even If It's Local or In Your Backyard

    Plan a Vacation: Even If It's Local or In Your Backyard

    We all need to plan time off from work to spend quality time alone or with family and friends and recharge our minds. However, taking paid vacation time is something not every American worker is doing. According to the U.S. Travel Association, American workers left an average of 33% of their paid time on the table last year.

    National Plan a Vacation Day, which is the last Tuesday in January (this year, it’s January 26), reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The earlier you plan a vacation, the more ready and relaxed you’ll be when your vacation time gets here.

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  10. This Spring Get a Patio Shade That's Stylish

    This Spring Get a Patio Shade That's Stylish
    Not all patio shades are created equal, and at ShelterLogic we take pride in manufacturing only the very best. Stylish, functional, and practical, we have a wide selection of patio shades, canopies and pop-ups that will turn any dull outdoor space into a relaxing backyard.

    Create a Beautiful Backyard Space with an Attractive Patio Shade

    If your backyard space already has great furniture and a barbecue, a stylish patio shade may be the final touch you need to create a relaxing and comfortable environment for you and your family. But how do you choose the right patio shade for you? At ShelterLogic we have a variety of patio shades to choose from, from canopies to shades, and pergola shade cloths; check out some of our selection below.

    The Monarc Canopy

    monarc canopy patio shade backyard shade Available in two sizes: 10 x 18 ft. and 9 x 16 ft. the Monarc Canopy is an excellent patio shade solution. With its unique arched shape and sturdy steel legs, it offers protection from the elements and gives sun protection that will come in handy on those warm summer days. And we're not the only ones that love this outdoor patio shade; customers love it too and have consistently given the Monarc Canopy a five star rating!
    Works great! Does what I need Bought this last summer to put on my deck for shade from sun and rain. Works awesome. - Matt, Connecticut I LOVE IT!! We bo
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