Cost to Build a Patio Enclosure
Although open patios can be wonderful outdoor living spaces, they may not be suitable for all seasons. An easy way to make the most of your patio is to build an enclosure and cover up the patio entirely. Patio enclosures protect you and your patio from inclement weather, bugs, debris and much more. Screens, while not as strong, can do much of the same. Nonetheless, understanding the enclosed patio cost and what factors can increase or decrease that price is the first step in what could be an important remodeling project.
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Table of Contents
- Enclosed Patio Cost
- Patio Enclosure Price Factors
- Patio Roofs Vs. Awnings for Patio Enclosures
- Windows Vs. Screens for Patio Enclosures
- Patio Enclosure Timeline
- Patio Enclosures Significance
- Patio Enclosure Alternatives
- Find A Pro
Enclosed Patio Cost
Homeowners are often surprised to learn just how expensive it is to enclose a patio. As you can see above, patio enclosure prices can go as low as $500, but as high as $34,500. Still, the average comes in around $14,000. While that price tag is anything but small, it’s important to realize that this enclosure actually increases the total square footage of the room, and it is essentially creating additional year-round living space to enjoy.
Therefore, many homeowners think of it like an addition. If you don’t live in a warm climate, open patios are essentially off limits for at least five months of the year. Adding an enclosure not only provides a comfortable lounging space, but you are essentially doubling the amount of usable time you have on your patio.
Finally, if you’re worried about heat in the winter, a patio enclosure, along with maybe a heater or two, can ensure a comfortable setting no matter how cold it gets.
Patio Enclosure Price Factors
Just like any home remodeling project, there are plenty of factors affecting the total patio enclosure cost; after all, prices range by $34,000. Some of those factors include:
- Enclosure Choice
As many homeowners expect, the biggest factor influencing the cost of this project is the size of the patio. Enclosing a 300sf patio will be much more affordable than enclosing a 1,000sf patio. Not only are more materials needed, but designs become more complex and the overall project takes longer. As such, the overall patio enclosure price is higher.
Believe it or not, there are a few different kinds of enclosures when it comes to patios. The first and most popular choice is a traditional roof. The average enclosed patio cost above largely correlates to traditional roof enclosures. They surround and cover the entire patio.
Awnings, on the other hand, are cheaper. To cover the sides of the patio, homeowners install screens. As you might imagine, screens are not as sturdy as actual walls or a roof. Therefore, awnings are much cheaper than traditional roof enclosures.
If you do go with a typical enclosure, windows will take up a large portion of the overall bill. If you live in a colder climate or area that sees heavy wind, you will need strong and durable windows for your patio cover. Furthermore, some areas may require double-glazed windows for better insulation. These high-quality windows are usually more expensive. Screens are far less expensive, but they will only protect against bugs and debris. Screens are really only popular in generally mild or warm climates.
While not all cities require permits for your patio enclosure (or your patio for that matter), most do. Therefore, if you’re trying to determine an approximate cost for a new patio enclosure, you need to check with your local building department.
Be careful with these permits. If you installed a patio in a city that requires them, your city could issue a citation or worse, make you take down your patio when all you wanted to do was add a cover.
With any addition, you have to juggle design and functionality. The better the design, the more expensive the project will be. The same is true when adding a patio cover.
All décor upgrades will increase your total price. Whether you add a skylight, window treatments, special paint colors or other various design upgrades, just know your total patio cost will go up.
Patio Roofs Vs. Awnings for Patio Enclosures
As you just read, the overall price will largely depend on the type of enclosure you choose. While patio roofs are more common, many homeowners are reluctant to spend that much money on a full enclosure and thus, opt for an awning and screen. In fact, some homeowners who live in very nice climates skip the screen all together.
Nevertheless, it’s important to look at the pros and cons of both options before making the ultimate decision.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Patio Roofs
Patio roofs are the safest and most durable option out there. Not only will traditional patio enclosures provide a more comfortable experience in cold weather, but they also protect you from rain, snow, debris and bugs. Furthermore, when compared to an awning, the value added to your home is greater with a patio roof.
Of course, there are some drawbacks. First and foremost, full patio enclosures are much more expensive than awnings and screens. Additionally, unless you buy a retractable enclosure (which is very expensive), you can never take it down, even on the nicest of days.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Awnings
Awnings are much cheaper than roofs. In fact, the national average cost to install an awning is roughly $2,000. Throw in the cost of screens and your patio enclosure cost should not exceed $3,000.
Awnings are great for those who live in very nice climates. Awnings also give their owners a bit of shade as well. You may not get that with a glass enclosure.
Nevertheless, awnings and screens are not as durable as full roof enclosures. They can’t protect you from rain or heavy wind. Finally, they do not add as much value to your home.
Windows Vs. Screens for Patio Enclosures
A significant expense of a patio enclosure is the windows. Windows let necessary light in to illuminate the room, but also give you a chance to let in some fresh air. Nonetheless, as we touched on before, some homeowners will need strong windows to stand up against high winds, rain and snow. If you live in such an area, we highly recommend double-glazed or storm windows.
Just remember, while screens do not provide as much security or safety, they are much cheaper.
Patio Enclosure Timeline
The full patio enclosure timeline will largely depend on your patio pro of choice and whether or not you decided to DIY. Of course, pros can get the job done much faster than the average DIYer. While many DIYers are experienced, most can’t match the speed or quality as those who work on patios all day long.
If you hire a pro, most can complete the project within two or three weeks. If you’re in a hurry and need the enclosure up ASAP, you can pay more for a quicker turnaround.
Patio Enclosures Significance
Whether you live in a very warm climate or not, patio covers could be necessary if you own patio furniture such as chairs, tables and so forth.
Outdoor furniture is often made of all-weather materials. Nevertheless, snow, sleet, high wind gusts and rain can deteriorate the quality of your patio furniture over time. In fact, with wood, you run the risk of creating mildew problems.
Even if you live in warmer climates where rain or snow is rare, don’t overlook a patio cover. Salt water from lakes and oceans can evaporate into the air and find a home on your patio. Salt water eats away metal and can corrode frames.
Overall, patio covers, while expensive, help prolong the life of your outdoor furniture and patio.
Patio Enclosure Alternatives
If rain or snow is prevalent in your city, there are few, if any, alternatives to patio enclosures (awnings or large sheet covers). However, if you just want to warm up your patio, perhaps enjoy it into the fall or spring, you could just add heat sources.
As we outlined in 3 Ways To Warm Up Your Outdoor Events, there are plenty of heat sources that can easily combat cooler temperatures. Those options include:
- Patio Heaters
- Fire Pits
- Outdoor Fireplaces
Prices range from as low as $100 for a patio heater to as high as $6,000 for an outdoor fireplace.
Find A Pro
Hopefully, the prices above did not scare you off. While $14,000 may sound like a lot, just remember that you’re not only adding usable square footage, but usable patio time throughout the year. This in turn increases the value of your home.
If you think your patio is ready for an enclosure, click here and connect with a patio pro in your area. Did we mention it’s free to connect?
Last updated on May 12, 2016
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