I love my backyard barbecues. what i don't love is sun in my eyes. Of course as the evening goes on, and the sun sets, it is always in my eyes. We tried using regular curtains. We tried tarps. The success was limited. The tarps worked, but were very ugly. This shade works better than the tarps did, and looks really nice too. I like that it blocks out the sun of course, and I like that the material is very sturdy, and will stand up against the elements well. It came with the tie down cords, so I was able to quickly install it once I got it too. So far it works wonderfully, and looks great. The wife is much happier with the look of the backyard, and I am happy I can see, and not have the sun in my face.