Patio enclosures are an ideal way to extend your living and entertaining space without going to the expense of adding on a room. A patio enclosure can be as simple as a roof supported by a couple of columns or it can include screens or walls, making it an all-season enclosure. Here are some options in patio enclosures for you to consider:
Patio Roof Options
By definition, a patio is just a hard outdoor surface. A patio enclosure is a covered patio that provides shelter from the elements. The first question you want to ask yourself is: "How much protection from the elements do I want?" These are some of your options:
- If you have a small patio that is attached to your house, a patio awning may be all you need to provide the protection you need. Some of the new styles of retractable awnings can extend several metres from the side of the house without requiring a vertical support system, while extended fixed patio awnings require only minimal support. Patio awnings are great for alfresco patios, but not for enclosed patios.
- Shade sails and giant umbrellas are other great options for alfresco patios. Shade sails can be cut to almost any size and shape, giving you almost unlimited design possibities. Giant umbrellas are best suited for detached patios.
- If you want a fully enclosed or semi-enclosed patio with a support structure, look into Zincalume, Colorbond or polycarbonate (PVC) roofing. Zincalume and Colorbond will block out all of the sun's rays. A PVC roof allows filtered light to pour into the room, while at the same time cutting out harmful UV radiation.
Patio Enclosure Options
For all weather living, dining and relaxing, you need a semi-enclosed or fully enclosed patio. Of course, it wouldn't be a patio if it didn't feel like you were stepping outdoors when you entered your patio, so how do you enclose a patio without feeling "enclosed"?
Depending on the climate in your area and the positioning of your patio, a semi-enclosed patio may be all you need.Patio screens allow the fresh air in while keeping mossies, flies and other unwanted insects out.
New glass technology makes it possible for you to fully enclose your patio without having to build a heavy support structure. Glass patio enclosures often come in kit form, making them a surprisingly affordable option. In fact, many home owners who want both an extra room and a patio enclosure but can't afford both have found glass patio enclosures to be the perfect solution.
When you look at all the options available, you'll find that you can create a unique patio enclosure from the ground up that will be perfect for your needs and greatly enhance the appearance and value of your home. Find a patio builder or supplier
in your area and they can show you the full spectrum of possibilities.