Your home’s worth will increase as well as the amount of space you have available to live in thanks to installing a new deck. Homeowners who want more space but don’t have the financial resources to create another room will frequently investigate this expansion possibility. 

In this article, we’ll address concerns on patio enclosures, their cost, and factors affecting their cost. 

Building an enclosure that completely covers your deck or patio is one of the most effective methods to make the most of the space you have available for outdoor living. Open patios are not always suited for usage throughout the whole year.

Screening off this area will not only prevent mosquitoes and other pesky insects from entering but also protect the deck and furnishings from seasonal bad weather and debris brought by the wind. In addition to increasing the amount of living space you already have, building an enclosure for your patio will also increase the value of your house.

Because the views and winds are mostly unobstructed, you will get the sense that you are almost outside, but you won’t run the risk of being attacked by insects or getting caught in inclement weather.

What is a Patio Enclosure?

In common usage, the term “patio enclosure” refers to a room constructed over a patio using a roofing system already in place. As long as it is established that the patio is adequate for the room, there is no need to construct or reinforce any foundations.

It is important to distinguish between a porch and a patio enclosure. The two are poles apart from one another. A covered outdoor space that can be found at the front of a house, serving as an entranceway, is known as a porch. Patios can be enclosed with roofs or left open to the elements and are typically located in the backyard or along the side of a house.

Patios are standard in many houses, particularly in the exurbs, where most of my friends live. In other circumstances, construct the patio in the backyard section closest to the house. A patio that has been enclosed is a frequent improvement made by homeowners. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. There are many different options to enclose an existing patio, including the installation of screens, a supporting structure, or material drop curtains.

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4 Types of Patio Enclosures 

1. Screen room

A screen room is the most straightforward and cost-effective method of creating a covered living space. It is possible to construct them as a whole new space or to add them to pre-existing patios, porches, or decks. Screens are used to create this form of house enclosure, which separates you from the outdoors and keeps any insects or small animals from interfering with your gatherings.

2. Three-season room

Glass-walled expansions to houses that can be used all year round are known as three-season rooms. These enclosures aim to provide their occupants with a comfortable space that features floor-to-ceiling windows so that they may experience the natural environment that surrounds them while also shielding them from unfavorable weather conditions and unwanted animals.

3. Four-season room

The use of panes that are physically insulated in the construction of four-season rooms ensures that these sunrooms remain comfortable throughout the year, regardless of the season. The construction of a four-season room typically includes the installation of a climate control or HVAC system. The glass that is often used in the windows of a 4-season room is known to be particularly effective at maintaining a comfortable temperature inside.

4. Solarium

A solarium, also called a greenhouse or glass enclosure, is a form of sunroom extension that is made completely of glass. Other names for solarium are greenhouses and glass enclosures. The first goal in the design of a solarium was to absorb the maximum amount of available light. This gives the impression that you are outside while you are still in the convenience of your own home.

Regardless of what you choose to refer to, it may be a tremendous relief to gain some additional space in the house so that you are not all on top of each other. This is especially true if your children are now adolescents and have taken over your living room with their pals. You can have your own quiet room again.

Expect the construction of the enclosure to take between two and three weeks.

3 Common Enclosure Material Options

The total cost of your enclosed patio will be heavily impacted by the materials you choose to use for the enclosure. Because there are so many common choices available, it can be challenging to determine which material is the most effective way to accomplish the aesthetic you want for your enclosed deck or patio:

1. Mesh screens

Screen kits may be purchased from the majority of hardware stores for close to fifty dollars. These kits include four segments of the frame, four corners, and a length of the spline. Aluminum, fiberglass mesh, and flexible polyethylene film are all acceptable. A frame constructed with wood and put together by a skilled carpenter will last longer. These mesh panels can be removed and replaced during the winter months with glass panels. There are grooves available for the mesh panels to drop straight into, and these grooves are also accessible.

2. Panels

You may achieve a stunningly contemporary design for your patio by installing fixed panels, which come in huge portions and can be installed between beams or behind permanent seats. An illustration of this would be the decorative screens produced by OutDeco and built from Weathertex. These screens are environmentally friendly, perform well in outside situations, and come with a warranty that lasts for 10 years. Pricing for in-store pickup is approximately $114.99 per square foot for a 2′ x 4′ and $284.99 per square foot for a 70″ x 48″.

3. Roll shades

These can be hung from the overhangs of the roof or installed in the individual compartments that have been carved out for them in the framework of a wooden patio. The two methods result in very different dimensions of the finished product. Also, take into account whether you will be mounting them using a surface mount, an inside mount, a distance mount, or a recessed mount, and incorporate the necessary hardware into your calculations. 

Determining whether you want them to be opened and closed with a remote control or manually, as well as whether they will be mounted or just zipped to a connection point, is another decision that needs to be made. Will there be a seal that is impervious to the elements between the two? What kinds of fabrics and materials do you have in mind to use?

Prices at hardware stores can range anywhere from $13 to $35 for a window-sized vinyl blind, $62 or more for a custom-fit roll-up shade, all the way up to $92 to $825 for a blind that is 96 inches to 132 inches wide and comes in a variety of different textures.

A patio enclosure is not the same as adding another room to your house, as stated in the definition of the term. It will not have access to your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, nor will it have the foundation of your house. If it is what you want, you should think about constructing an addition instead, which will cost you at least $75,000.

When it comes to selecting the best kind of enclosure for your area, having a general notion of your available funds in advance will be of great use to you.

On average, you can enclose your patio in its entirety or in part at the cost of about $70 per square foot. A full enclosure can prevent insects from entering and maintain a patio temperature that is comfortable for use, while a partial enclosure can provide you with some degree of seclusion and protect you from the wind and rain. There may appear to be infinite options for enclosing a patio, with prices ranging anywhere from $180 to $45,000 for high-end covered patios.

Factors that Affect an Enclosed Patio’s Cost

The Size of the Patio

One of the most important factors determining the total cost is the size of the area you wish to enclose. The amount of material you require will be determined based on the dimensions and the area. 

The total size, which impacts the cost, will also determine the number of windows and supports included in the structure. The construction of a larger facility will take longer, which will result in an increase in the cost of labor. When choosing the dimensions of the patio enclosure you desire, search for ways to stay within your financial means while still preserving the greatest amount of room possible. If the enclosure is too tiny for your needs, you will be less likely to make use of it.

The Materials Used

Another significant aspect of the overall cost of constructing your patio enclosure is the selection of materials to be used. Concrete, brick, stone, or flagstone are some examples of commonly used building materials. Because this material will be used to construct the majority of your enclosure, you should choose the sort of material based on what you want to gaze at for most of the day. You will need to pick the materials to utilize for each component of the project, such as the rooflines, decking, screen, and color, as well as how well those components will complement the design of your home.


Although, in many instances, it is less expensive than the supplies, labor accounts for a sizeable amount of the overall cost associated with enclosing a porch. Although the design of the porch and its dimensions have a significant bearing on the amount of labor that will be necessary, in general, you can anticipate labor to account for 20 to 40 percent of the overall cost. The amount that homeowners should anticipate spending on labor can range anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000, depending on the project.

Extra Additions

When you build an enclosure for your patio, you want the structure to be one of a kind, as well as beautiful, and within your budget. You could want to think about including additional modifications that span a variety of styles into your project designs so that they are more interesting. Designers can be pretty inventive when it comes to the organization of your area. Ask them to give your original concept a fresh look by using elements such as ceiling fans, privacy shades, and beautiful landscaping in their redesign. Patio enclosures are an investment in your property; therefore, you should make that investment in something that will differentiate you from the competition.

Why Have a Patio Enclosure?

It’s not hard to understand why patio enclosures are becoming an increasingly popular home improvement choice in the United States year after year. Enclosing your patio serves two purposes: first, it increases the living space in your home; second, it significantly boosts the pleasure you get from spending time in your backyard.

Having a patio enclosure will enable you to sell your house more quickly and at a better price, thus more than recouping the cost, as sunrooms and patio enclosures are one of the features that are most in demand by house buyers. Because they are becoming so popular, sunrooms and patio enclosures are one of the features that are most in demand by house buyers. In point of fact, the expense of adding a patio enclosure or sunroom is a great deal lower than the expense of adding an ordinary room or an addition to your home, and it also causes a great deal less stress and interruption to your regular life.

What’s more, once you have the extra space, it can function as any kind of room you want it to be. It can be a dining room, a family room, a playroom for the kids, or all of these at once and more. One big advantage of outdoor patio enclosures, which is being identified by increasing numbers of people, is the ability to enjoy far more natural light and to allow more light and sunshine into your home.

This is well known to be a stress reducer and good for your physical health. At the same time, it greatly reduces your energy costs by enabling you to use less artificial light and air conditioning. Modern sunrooms and patio enclosures usually have special ventilation and insulation systems, which make them both comfortable and highly energy efficient. 

Patio Building Permits Costs

If you are constructing an enclosure instead of affixing something that is not permanent, then it is quite possible that the local government will have certain requirements for constructing the enclosure. Enclosures must be a set distance away from other structures, have certain square footage and height, and have appropriate clearance from dividing walls to comply with the regulations. 

It’s possible that your HOA also governs the restrictions surrounding it; therefore, you should submit your development plans to both of them and wait for clearance before beginning work. If you don’t, the city may force you to pull it down since it does not comply with the building code. You should budget anywhere from $100 to $300 to pay for the appropriate building permits.

Get in Touch with Paragon Remodeling to learn more about enclosed patio costs

If you are in the market for an enclosed patio, it is important to do your research before making a final selection. The cost estimate of the cost to screen (or cost range) is influenced by factors such as the type of enclosure, square foot, and some additional costs. 

We recommend reaching out to three to five contractors who match your checklist of desired features and get custom quotes from them. It is also important to remember that contractors will need to come out and measure the patio in order to give you an accurate quote. For more information about enclosed patios and their cost, be sure to contact Paragon Remodeling today.