If you’ve decided to enclose your patio, chances are, you’re trying to fight the sun, the cold, the wind or insects. Depending on what your problem is and what you want to achieve, there are several options you can consider.

One thing that has to be taken into account is the climate where you live. Next, you need to decide whether you want to be able to use the patio all year-round, or just for specific seasons. Finally, you need to be aware of the price of each option you’re considering. Broadly speaking, there are four types you can go for, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Screen room

If your aim is to keep the insects out, but let the air in, this is your safest and cheapest bet. Choosing black aluminum for the screens will make them practically invisible. On the other hand, this is not a right option if you live in a colder climate and wish to extend the period during which you use the patio. But for warmer climates, with mild fall and winter, this might be just the perfect thing.

Three-season room

As the name suggests, this room should provide comfort during every season except winter. Depending on your wishes and financial resources, you can install single or double-pane windows. Since such patios are not climate controlled, you may wish to install a ceiling fan to cool the room down during the summer. The fact that you might find it difficult to control the climate and the fact that such patios are practically unusable in adverse weather conditions are the main disadvantages of this type.

Four-season (All-year-round) room

This is the most expensive option, which involves a complete transformation of the place. However, if done correctly, the custom window installation will reward you with a charming, weather resistant and insect-free room you can enjoy all year round. A full climate control is optional, but worth considering, since it may help you transform your patio into a living area you’ll fall in love with instantly.

Solarium

Increasingly popular and fashionable, this type of enclosure features glass all around you, top to bottom, roof to walls. If stargazing or sun-worship is your thing, or you simply want to be able to enjoy looking at the sky at all times, this is the solution for you. This option is less expensive than the four-season one, but more than the first two mentioned above.

What else should you think about?

If we start from the bottom, there’s the floor. Again, if you want to have insulated flooring for a four-season patio, you need to bring in an expert and consult about the options available. However, if simple concrete is your choice, you can probably do it yourself. Needless to say, there’s a wide range of options in between. It all depends on your needs and funds.

The furniture you choose will also depend on your needs and capacity. Since most items in an enclosed patio are movable, you’ll have little problem moving them around every now and then. The focus is usually on making you feel as comfortable as possible.

Finally, unless you choose the option with screens, one of the crucial elements are the windows you’re going to install. Depending on the climate, your requirements and funds, there are options galore, providing various degrees of protection from weather and UV light.

Whichever option you choose, regardless of your budget, you’re definitely improving the quality of your life. Think of this project as an opportunity to create your own piece of heaven and your sanctuary, if you will. Also, if you’re short of ideas, don’t despair. You’re just a few clicks away from thousands of ideas about how to convert patios and you’re bound to find a solution which will tick all the boxes.

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