What Patio Enclosure is

For those who aren’t familiar yet with what Patio Enclosure meant, here’s a good article sharing information about it and some ideas for a patio enclosure for your home.

(Published in HomeAdvisor.com)

patio1We all love spending time in our backyards: barbecuing on the porch, sitting around the fire pit, or maybe just watching the sunset. Although we treasure it in the summer, during the winter our backyards are often neglected and forgotten about. You spent all that money on decks, porches, pools, and spas but can’t even enjoy them half the time. Or can you? How do you make the back of your house more accessible year round? The solution may rest in a simple investment: a new patio enclosure.

An Open and Shut Casing
Patio enclosures can come in many different shapes and styles, but the best part about them is their versatility. Instead of leaving your porch or deck exposed to the elements, by building a frame around it you now have a little shelter from the storm and sun. But this doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing the feeling of the outdoors either. During the summer it can act as a screened-in porch, allowing you to enjoy the fresh air without getting eaten alive by bugs. During thunderstorms you can watch the rain while still staying dry. And on hot nights, you can move the family “outside” to get some sleep in a naturally ventilated room. But patio enclosures come with the option to close. In the winter all you have to do is shut the windows and you now have a climate controlled sanctuary that can act as any other room in the house, with a great year-round view of the outdoors.

Total Climate Control
To make it more energy efficient, there are a few simple things you should consider as you erect your patio enclosure. Since you’re encased in glass a lot of the time, you don’t want your porch to have a greenhouse effect. Make sure you invest in some kind of window glazing or shade screens to stop the sun from heating up the house and raising your energy bills. Also, think about installing a doorway into this room so it can be shut off from the rest of the house if necessary. Also, you may want to put in a fireplace or stove so that during the winter you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere while watching the snow fall. This addition is supposed to allow you to use your deck during all seasons but if it’s not inviting and welcoming, you’ll never end up using it, so make sure you design it in such a way as to make it comfortable and alluring all year round.

Convertible Pool Enclosures
If you live in a cold region and have a pool, there’s nothing worse than the 6-8 months of the year when all you can do is look at it. You spent all that money and now you can’t even use it—unless you invest in a pool enclosure. In most hotels and gyms, indoor pools aren’t really indoors. They’re simply surrounded by glass, which controls the interior climate and allows you to use it any time of year, in any type of weather. But what about the summer? Nobody wants to be stuck inside when they swim. We want sun and fresh air. This is why retractable models have become so popular. Like a convertible, the frame arching over the water simply telescopes. It can open and close from the house’s exterior. It can open up in the middle like the sunroof in a car. Even if it’s large (a two story addition), it can open and shut with the simple push of a button. Plus, these glass encasements are typically installed with low-e treatments to reduce UV rays and glare, or they’re tinted to block prowling eyes and the hot sun. Also, they help corral the kids and prevent debris from entering the water.

Pool Enclosures: Pros and Cons
When it comes to an addition installed over a body of water, there a few things you want to be aware of. Though the glass panes can withstand large forces, such as winds and debris, they can also break on occasion and will need to be fixed immediately. Also, it can get muggy and create lots of condensation, so make sure you have a climate control system or some natural ventilation built into the design. Plus, with all the chemicals in the air, window coatings can wear off or headaches can occurs, so once again, make sure the space is ventilated. Plus, they’re not cheap, costing up to tens of thousands of dollars, but it all depends on the size, shape, and options you want in the final result.