The pandemic restrictions have forced many Americans to spend more time at home. Now, families are attending school, working, and vacationing at their residence. Moreover, industry experts expect trends in improving and utilizing outdoor spaces to continue. This development has led many homeowners to research how to enclose a patio to extend their living space.
With homeowners now considering outdoor spaces an indispensable extension of their interior, many are searching for reliable, skillful contractors. Structurally Speaking has established itself as a leader in the construction of outdoor living spaces. Since 2008, we have been helping homeowners create unique and functional outdoor living spaces.
How To Enclose A Patio Isn’t A Simple Procedure
Undoubtedly, enclosing a patio is a complex process. Unless you have experience in design and construction, it’s best to leave enclosing a patio to the professionals. A poorly constructed structure can actually devalue your home and become an eyesore. Furthermore, any enclosure failing to meet your building codes will cause legal issues when you try to sell your home.
Moreover, hiring an experienced contractor brings workmanship guarantees and warranties to protect your investment. Plus, a skilled contractor can get the job done quickly, allowing you to enjoy your new space faster. You’ll also avoid costly mistakes in design and construction.
For example, when developing your design, you need to consider aesthetics and functionality. Your enclosed structure should match the rest of your home seamlessly. Additionally, you need to consider the flow of the room when adding an exterior door. Finally, you may have to account for any physical obstructions when adding screens.
Often, your inexperience may lead you to make some mistakes. For instance, most patios cannot handle the additional weight of a roof. A patio with a shallow foundation will cause cracking in both the foundation and the enclosure’s roof. Moreover, building a roof and framework for the screens can be complicated. Mistakes in framing can lead to moisture issues and structural damage.
Which Is A Better Option, Screens Or Glass Windows?
Your patio or deck offers a great outdoor space until the mosquitoes start biting or the clouds start rolling in. Then it’s time to head for the indoors.
However, enclosing your outdoor space with screens or windows can increase your enjoyment. With a roof over your head, you’ll have protection from the sun and rain. Likewise, screens and windows will keep out those pesky little critters.
Certainly, screens are the most cost-effective means of enclosing a patio. With the air passing through, you’ll feel like you’re outdoors without the bugs. However, a screened-in enclosure is less than ideal in the colder months.
Undoubtedly, an enclosure with glass windows offers much more protection against the elements. Glass window structures can be either a 3 or 4 season room. Both can extend the usage of your enclosure beyond a screened porch.
FAQs About Patio Enclosures
Often, homeowners have many questions about how to enclose a patio. Below, we’ve answered some of those more commonly asked ones. For additional information, call us at 919-786-4825. Our staff would be happy to answer any other questions.
Do I Need A Permit?
Many home improvement projects require a permit in NC. You may even have to consider local zoning ordinances. Setback restrictions, size limitations, and building codes need careful consideration.
Thankfully, Structurally Speaking is a local contractor. We know how to design and build your structure to meet all rules and regulations. Plus, we can handle all your building permit paperwork to get construction started as soon as possible.
How Much Does It Cost To Enclose My Patio?
Certainly, creating additional living space in your home can be priceless. Your enclosed patio provides room to spread out so that everyone isn’t on top of one another. While you can’t put a financial value on your peace and happiness, you still must consider your expenses.
Undoubtedly, the best way to determine the cost of your project is to make an appointment for our free estimate. During our meeting, we’ll discuss your plans and budget. We’ll explain how each factor will affect your cost:
Jim Brennan, our owner, personally meets with each new client. Moreover, Jim presents 2 customized design recommendations using a 3-dimensional computer program to envision your new space. Our priority is to design an enclosure that you love within your budget.
Should I Choose Single Or Double Pane Glass?
Ultimately, the answer to this question lies in your planned usage of the enclosed patio. Both can be a good choice depending upon the purpose of your structure.
Comparatively, single-pane windows are much cheaper. However, these are basic windows with little insulating properties to protect you from extreme temperatures or noises.
On the other hand, double pane windows have a layer of trapped gas between panes for insulation. Thus, you can heat and cool your room for year-round use.
What Types Of Amenities Are Available?
Including amenities in your screened patio allows you to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. We can draw from your style and planned usage to include those “must-have” elements:
- Storage cabinets
- Ceiling fan
- Electrical wiring
At Structurally Speaking, we can design any type of enclosed structure from simple to grandeur. If you want a deck, screened porch, hot tub deck, sunroom, or pergola, we can create a unique, functional structure.
Your beautiful patio enclosure is just a phone call away! Request your free no-obligation consultation by dialing 919-786-4826.