How to Enclose a Patio

We cover different approaches people take for this project, discuss the costs involved, and some other important things to keep in mind.

How much does your home’s outdoor space add to the total living area? And how often do you spend time in it? If you are like many people, not enough.

In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of converting an open-air patio into a usable indoor room with enclosed walls and ceiling.

We’ll also share our favourite designs for enclosing patios as well as some inspiring real-life examples that show what can be possible when homeowners take on this project!

How to Enclose a Patio

First things first, let’s look at some common ways to enclose a patio:

  1. Fully enclose and insulate
  2. PVC weather screens
  3. Thatched roof
  4. Sail shade
  5. Awnings
  6. Outdoor blinds
  7. Glass walls and roof

How much does it cost to enclose a patio?

The cost will be entirely dependent on your project. A fully enclosed patio with insulation will cost a lot more than a gazebo style set-up. The only true way to know what it’ll cost is by getting bids from contractors or pricing up the materials involved if you intend to DIY.

Wooden thatched roofs are a cheaper option but they require more maintenance over time to keep them intact and waterproofed. If it’s not too much of an eyesore, then consider adding sail shades which be more affordable.

What are the benefits of enclosing a patio?

  • It will be warmer in the winter
  • You’ll reduce noise levels, which means less disturbance for or from neighbours.
  • Increase the living space of your home by adding a usable outdoor area. 
  • Appeal to more buyers by showing what they have available with an enclosed patio.
  • An enclosed patio will make it feel like you are outside even when it’s raining or cold out.

What are the disadvantages of enclosing a patio?

The cost can be prohibitively expensive if you don’t plan ahead and budget for it.

It also takes up more space than an uncovered one does.

There’s no way to retract your screens when they’re not needed so there needs to be good use made of them or else otherwise wasted perimeter space is created.

How do you enclose a patio cheaply?

The cheapest way to enclose a patio is by making use of existing structures like walls, fences or sheds.

You can also make do with temporary options depending on the season such as tents and tarps.

What materials are needed for an enclosure?

To fully enclose your patio, here are the core materials you’ll need:

  • Insulation
  • A wooden frame structure
  • Glass or wood panels
  • Roofing material

But there are always smaller-scale methods too which require less materials: tarpaulins, sail shades etc. It really depends on what look you’re going for.

How do you winterize an outdoor patio?

When the colder months are approaching the best thing to do is cover your patio with a tarpaulin or sail shade and install some kind of heating system.

If you don’t have any structure, tarpaulins are the cheapest option and also provide shelter from sun and rain at the same time.

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Do I need planning permission for a patio enclosure?

The answer will differ depending on what type of construction project you’re undertaking but it’s always advisable for homeowners to check with their local council first before starting work.

It may be that some form of permit is needed so make sure to find out this information in advance.

As far as building regulation goes there are various rules which vary by state so check with your local council before starting any work.

What type of cover can I use for my patio?

There are many types that may be used to enclose patios including a retractable roof or shade cloth which has an automatic roller system at the front so it’s easy to roll back when you want to let the sun in.

It might also be good to think about installing some kind of heating because this will help keep the temperature comfortable even during cold spells in winter.

If you have already installed something like window treatments such as vertical blinds then these could provide shelter from sun and rain too while still letting light through into your home.