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Options For Enclosed Patios

Contributed By: BAG Editors

Enclosed patios are great additions to any home. They are versatile improvements that offer multi-functionality that can be enjoyed all year round. Enclosing a patio provides comfortable shelter from different elements through the year, from the blistering heat of the summer sun to the blistering cold of a winter day. Enclosed patios also help prevent dust and other dirt from settling inside, while at the same time protecting your family from the risks brought by insects and small rodents. Enclosing a patio is also a great way to add more privacy to your home, as well as more usable living space.

An enclosed patio serves many purposes. It can be the venue for gatherings or parties. It is a great place to enjoy a meal al fresco. It is a good place to set up a small play area for young children. You can even set it up as a family recreational area by adding a pool table or other types of games or recreational activities.  Or it can simply be a place to relax with a good book or a glass of wine at the end of the day.  All in all, enclosed patios are ideal places for any activity, and will allow you to enjoy the outdoors in relative safety and comfort.  What you choose to do with the space will be determined by the type of outdoor patio furniture or other accessories you choose to fill the space with.

There are many enclosed patio designs available that you can choose from. They range from sunrooms to screened patios or porches, and even portable enclosed patios.  Enclosing a patio can be a permanent structure or a more temporary solution, such as adding a roll up awning overhead.

A sunroom, also called solarium, allows the sunlight into the room while keeping the area enclosed from the outdoor elements. A screened patio is more ideal for preventing unwanted elements like dust or insects from entering your room while allowing the cooling breeze inside and more connection to your backyard and garden area. Portable enclosed patios, on the other hand, are usually made of canvas or vinyl. They are like big open tents that can be easily moved to different locations in your backyard. Despite being portable, you can still opt to have them fixed into place.  Temporary patio enclosures, such as overhead awnings or pop up gazebos, with or without sides, are quick and easy solutions to providing shelter while not dealing with a major construction project.

One of the easiest ways to build enclosed patios is by assembling and installing a frame around your existing patio and then adding screens to the sides and a roof overhead. To add more privacy and protection, a more opaque covering can be used along the sides, but this will block air flow.

Another simple enclosed patio design that you can do on your own is to make mosquito netting screens for your patio. They are easy to make and install. Aside from the protection they give, they can also add style to your patio because of the many colors and textures you can choose from. One great advantage of mosquito netting is that it is easy to maintain. You just need to wash them occasionally, which is easy to do since it is not a permanent patio enclosure solution. You can just spread them open when you need to and tie it closed when you don’t. To make a mosquito screen for your enclosed patios, simply follow instructions on how to make regular curtains and replace the fabric with mosquito netting. Then you can hang the mosquito netting screens from existing patio or porch awnings to fully enclose the patio.

If you are looking for additional enclosed patio ideas, there are many more variations to consider. One option is to have an open lattice patio cover overhead, which only partially encloses the patio.  If you are into gardening in and around your patio, this can help protect plants from direct sunlight. Another option is a patio with a solid lattice cover. This provides more protection from rain or snow, as well as sunlight, but makes it darker on the patio below. A gazebo like structure is also another option for enclosed patios that look good while providing some protection and privacy.

When it comes to the actual building of these various enclosed patio designs, there are numerous materials to choose from, including traditional choices such as wood, metal and aluminum. Newer innovations for patio covers and patio enclosures include alumawood, PVC and vinyl.  Some structures will include glass windows while others will have mesh to allow the flow of air through the enclosed patio space.

Alumawood replicates the look of real wood, but with less maintenance required. Its finish is made of silicon polyester that has great durability and its embossed texture offers decorative flair. Vinyl patio covers, on the other hand, are made out of polyvinyl chloride or PVC. They also simulate the look of real wood or metal, but with far less maintenance requirements. They come in pre-cut sizes for easy installation. These options can be more costly relative to the other options, but they will require far less maintenance than material choices like wood.

There are many options to consider if you are interested in building an enclosed patio, ranging from permanent to temporary enclosed patio solutions, so make sure to weigh each option to select which will best meet your needs, as well as your budget.

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