How to Design a Splendid Enclosed Patio

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Enclosed patios offer a secluded feeling of peace and quiet in your backyard. It is no wonder that an increasing number of people are considering enclosing their outdoor area. You are protected from inclement weather and insects, while at the same time you are given a possibility to enjoy nature in all its glory… What more can you wish for in this busy world?



Patio enclosures  


Which type of the patio enclosure you choose depends on the climate in your area as well as the function you have envisioned your patio should have. A semi-enclosed patio with outdoor curtains allows you to have an intimate getaway when you draw the curtains and a relaxing open space when you tie them up. A drawback of this kind of patio enclosure is that it does not provide insect protection, nor is it weatherproof. 

Screened patios allow you to create a natural ambiance, while keeping insects outdoors. Aluminium screen rolling panels are the best option in this case. They are durable and strong. For a higher level of intimacy in the patio, choose an aluminium screen mesh. Screened patios are a good choice for warm places with mild autumn and winter weather. 

A three-season patio, as its name suggests, is a sunroom in which you can be comfortable during every season, except for winter. This sunroom is not climate controlled. There are also four-season patios, which, in contrast to three-season rooms, are completely weather resistant. 

Solariums are covered in glass from top to bottom, including the roof. They provide an immediate contact with outdoors both in summer and winter. The main disadvantage of this kind of patios is that they are more expensive compared to semi-enclosed patios with curtains and screened patios. 



Windows 


A three-season patio, a four-season patio and a solarium require a more detailed guide on windows. A three-season patio is usually covered with single-pane glass, while you need double-pane insulated windows for a four-season room and a solarium. Tinted glass options provide privacy, glare reduction and ultraviolet light rejection. Quality residential windows are an important aspect to be considered when building an enclosed patio since they can reduce noise by up to 70%.

Window treatments


As far as window treatments are concerned, the following factors should be taken into consideration – the direction the windows face, the size and shape of the windows and the level of desired privacy. If most windows face direct sunlight, choose cellular shades, or UV-coated verticals. Cellular shades block 100% of sunrays, meaning thermal insulation is guaranteed. UV-coated verticals protect the skin and the furniture most efficiently. 

Opt for roller shades and mini blinds if you have small windows. Vertical blinds work well with large windows. Verticals accentuate rectangular windows, while cellular shades are the best choice for curved windows. For those who would like to have an unobstructed view of the exterior and a dose of privacy, cellular shades are the way to go. 


Roofing


Fully-enclosed, or semi-enclosed patios can have a shingle, or steel roof. Roof shingles are the easiest roofing materials to install. They are lighter as well as more cost-efficient than other materials. Roof shingles come in a variety of colours and textures, allowing you to experiment with different styles. 
The most common steel roofs are Colorbond steel and Zincalume steel roofs. Both types are light and durable with high thermal efficiency. The main difference between them is that Colorbond steel is pre-painted, while Zincalume steel is not. In addition, Zincalume steel is recyclable.



Flooring


Firstly, you should decide whether you need insulation, or not. Four-season sunrooms definitely need floor insulation, while it is optional when it comes to other types of enclosures. Prefabricated wood panels as well as laminate are available in a large number of colours. If you choose wood, make sure the windows have UV protection. Tiles should be installed if your patio is a high-traffic area. Linoleum was not a popular choice in the past, but now it is making a comeback. Concrete is great for those who love an industrial chic look. 

Contacting professionals before building a patio is recommended. When they take into account all the factors, they can help you choose a type of patio suitable to your needs. Finally, do not forget to obtain a building permit before the construction work. 

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