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How to Enclose a Patio, Porch or Deck

White Aluminum Frame Sunroom with Gable Roof

In this article you will learn …

  • The type of patio or deck enclosure that’s best for your house
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each type of patio
  • Options for flooring, windows and furniture

Have you been thinking that the downtime you spend on your patio, porch or deck could be even better if you enclosed your existing patio, porch or deck? With several options available, now is the perfect time to explore them.

First, let’s explore your motives for wanting to enclose your deck or patio. Are the bugs, the wind and weather, or the hot sun bothering you? All are legitimate, logical reasons for putting up a transparent barrier between you and the elements. However, they all differ in their function, cost, and effects:

Types of Patio and Deck Enclosures

Screen Room

Screen Rooms

The room you create by attaching screens all around your deck or patio will give you the most intimacy with the beauty surrounding you. Insects will stay out, but the breeze and natural ambiance will remain unhindered. If you choose black aluminum for the screens, and they’ll be practically invisible.

Three Season Room

Three Season Rooms

Depending on where you live, this type of sunroom should be comfortable during every season but winter. You can choose between single or double-pane glass, according to your needs and budget. This type of patio or deck enclosure is not meant to be climate controlled; a simple ceiling fan should do just fine.

Four Season Rooms

Four Season Rooms

Framed-in glass transforms your deck or patio area into an enticing, weather resistant and bug-free sunroom to enjoy all year long. Give it some double-pane glass walls with insulation and a full climate control system, and you’ve just built yourself a brand new living area which might become your all-time favorite.



Popular with the sun-worshipping crowd, and just as fashionable with stargazers, the solarium is a room that’s covered, top to bottom, roof to walls, with wonderful glass. You and your family will be able to take in not only the warm sun and blue sky above, but also the inspiring wheel of ever-changing constellations at night.

Sunroom Comparisons

Sunroom Comparison ChartScreen Room

Usually less expensive, no insects, zero glare from black-screened panels, provides the most fresh air and immediate contact with exterior ambience.

Very little protection from the weather.

Three Season Room

Second-most economical of the four, no insects, no wind, usually very comfy.

Not engineered for ongoing heating and cooling.

Four Season Room

Accommodates a complete climate-control system and is suitable for all climates, this room is useful all year long.

More expensive than #1 and #2.


With a roof made of glass, just as the walls are, the solarium user can feel completely surrounded by nature without having to deal with any of its annoyances.

More expensive than #1 and #2

Engaging the Imagination

There are sophisticated software programs available that will allow you to fiddle with different design ideas to your heart’s content. But one of the easiest ways to approach the design phase is to get a notebook and pencil and simply let your imagination soar. Try drawing any design you can come up with. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Draw the room with windows interrupted by walls and columns
  • Draw the room with windows held in place only by slim metal frames
  • Draw the room with a see-through roof made of glass
  • Draw the room with a cathedral ceiling, a straight roof, or a mildly angled one

The more you let yourself dream during this initial stage, the more you’ll find yourself honing in on the patio/deck enclosure that will be ideal for you. Once you have an idea of the design you want, schedule your free in-home estimate with Patio Enclosures.

A Few Things to Consider

Sunroom FlooringFlooring

You’ll have several choices when deciding on flooring. If you choose insulated flooring for a four season room, you’re opting for a difficult, tedious job. On the other hand, choosing a simple concrete pour could be one of the easiest tasks involved. And then there’s everything in between. See Patio Enclosures’ detailed page on flooring for a great list of options.

Sunroom FurnitureFurniture

When it comes time to choose your furniture, you’ll need to decide who will want to use your new sunroom and for what activities. Next, give each of those activities a number in order of importance, and then set aside areas of the room for them. Get out that pad and pencil again and start sketching. See Patio Enclosures’ detailed page on furniture to plan your sunroom’s furniture design, as well as tips on other subjects, including your color palette, budget, and floor plan.

Sunroom FurnitureWindow Treatments

Windows are the star of the show in any sunroom. Today’s window treatments can enhance a room more than any other element. Again, you’ll be faced with lots of options. See a handy, brief outline of them on Patio Enclosures’ sunroom window treatments webpage.


Free In-Home Design ConsultationEverything that determines the final cost of your beautiful new sunroom enclosure depends on just one thing: You. What do you need to have, what do you dream of having, and what kind of funds are you working with? These questions are all completely personal. You can find estimates online, but they differ wildly, due to the cornucopia of options available today. See Patio Enclosure’s summary on the cost of a sunroom addition.

Once you’ve enclosed your patio or deck with the method of your choice, you’ll have created a brand new room addition for your living space, one that may just become your go-to retreat for carefree rest, play, and rejuvenation.

Schedule your FREE no-obligation estimate with a Patio Enclosure professional today!

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