When spring and summer comes, it makes homeowners think about the best way to cool down their property and protect it from the elements. An awning or a patio umbrella both benefit any homeowner when it comes to protecting their patio. Family events such as cookouts and pool parties become better when there is a shade structure involved. But how do you choose between an awning or a patio umbrella? Keep reading for some tips that will help you decide what's best for your property.