So you already have a patio, but you’re thinking about making a few improvements. Or maybe you’re about to add a patio to your property and are trying to decide how far you want to go with the project. Either way you have a big decision to make – to enclose or not to enclose?
As with many things in life there are upsides to enclosing a patio and there are downsides. To help you weigh your options we’ve put together a list of all the things you may want to consider before you decide.
6 Things to Consider Before Deciding Whether or Not to Enclose a Patio
This is where enclosing a patio has some big benefits. An enclosed patio can be used year round and even enjoyed when it’s raining. However, the biggest concern in Texas weather-wise is the heat, so a covered patio with a fan can be just as enjoyable as one that’s completely screened in.
If they didn’t play such a big role in regulating ecosystems it would be nice to get rid of most bugs. Unfortunately, they are a fact of life outdoors. Fortunately, Texans don’t have as big a bug issue as some other states, though they can still be an annoyance in the spring and summer. An enclosed patio will ensure that insects don’t bug you while you’re out on the patio.
Depending on where the patio is and how far off the ground it sits, enclosing a patio can greatly improve safety. If you have little ones at home a lock can be placed high on the door so kids can enjoy the patio, and you can rest assured they won’t go wandering outside.
Increased Living Space
All patios increase the usability of a property, but an enclosed patio can effectively increase the living space of a home. This is especially true if the patio is fully enclosed and climate controlled. An enclosed patio can function as a dining area, playroom or second living room.
Depending on where you live enclosing a patio could involve permits. For enclosed spaces, especially if electrical outlets, etc. are present, there may be codes that have to be met. The wall framing and how the enclosed patio is connected to the house can also create the need for getting permits before building. Check the zoning laws in your area to see what all is required for an enclosed patio.
Here’s the big downside of enclosing a deck – the additional cost. With the added materials and labor that go into the walls and possibly having to add a roof, the expenses can add up. You’ll also have to factor in the cost of permits if those are required.
How Enclosed Should You Go
If you decide that enclosing your deck is the best option now you face another decision – how enclosed should you make the patio, and how should you go about enclosing it?
There are lots of ways to enclose a patio. You can opt for a:
Screened in patio – This is the most economical option. It will keep bugs out and allow you to enjoy nature, but there will be little climate control beyond adding a fan during the warmer months.
All season patio –This option is like an extension of your home because it is built to have more of the creature comforts like insulation, lighting and full climate control. Typically double pane glass is used to create the walls.
Three Season Room – It’s not quite an all season patio because it doesn’t incorporate the climate control, however it does have many of the same features like single or double pane glass.
Solarium – A solarium is sort of like a greenhouse. Glass is used on all sides, including to create the transparent roof. It is a great way to take in the outdoors while staying indoors, but it can be one of the a pricier options.
There you have it! As you read you probably got a better idea of whether or not enclosing your patio is the way you want to go. Before you start putting up walls, check to see what kind of regulations there are in your area, and discuss the project with a contractor to get a better idea of the true cost.
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