Why Insulated Roof Panels are the Smart Choice for your Patio Enclosure

Why Insulated Roof Panels are the Smart Choice for your Patio Enclosure

Backyard screen patios allow you to delight in the beauty of your backyard while enjoying the convenience of a sheltered, shady space that keeps bothersome debris and stinging insects at bay.  Enclosing that patio is a fantastic way to add value and usable space to your home. If your patio is not already under the roof, you’ll need to choose a patio covering for your new screened patio enclosure.  A popular choice for a screened patio enclosure is insulated roof panels. These cleverly designed foam core panels can deliver an ideal blend of practicality and attractiveness for your new patio enclosure.

Insulated roof panels can easily be installed for the following

  • Sunroom roof panels
  • Patio roof panels
  • Screen roof panels
  • Aluminum roof panels

The Science – Going Inside a SIP
Structural insulated panels, also known as SIPs or SIP panels, sandwich an insulating foam core between two structural facings. Manufactured under factory-controlled conditions, SIP panels are ordered in the appropriate size, transported to the job site and smoothly pieced together.  When installed, insulated aluminum roof panels form a robust, cost-effective and energy-efficient roofing system that’s perfect for screen patio enclosures and other applications.

The How – When Practicality Matters
At Dulando Screen & Awning, we’re committed to excellence. That’s why we exclusively use high-quality aluminum and Structall products when designing and constructing custom patio enclosures for our clients. When practicality is a priority, Structall Snap-N-Lock Insulated Panels are a wise choice. With a foam core nestled inside a rolled aluminum skin, these panels:

  • Are both affordable and durable.
  • Come in multiple sizes, making a wide range of floor plans and roof pitches possible.
  • Snap together quickly thanks to a unique, patented locking system that makes installation a breeze and reduces labor costs.
  • Use sealant within the insulated roof panel’s interior to produce a waterproof bond that resists ultraviolet destruction.
  • Resist common concerns in Florida like condensation or high winds.
  • Create a continuous insulated foam interface for an energy-efficient roof that keeps your screened patio enclosure more comfortable and your cooling expenses lower.

screen enclosure with skylightsRThe Why – An Attractive Option
While the practicalities matter, aesthetics are important as well. Fortunately, choosing between the Structall insulated roof panels is unnecessary. These versatile roof panels can easily accommodate an impressive array of design options. Did you want a skylight, built-in lighting or a ceiling fan? Adding one when these roof panels top your patio enclosure is no problem. If you consider adding a ceiling fan to your patio enclosure, inform your patio contractor. A fan beam is required to support the fan and conceal the wiring within the insulated roof.

As for the visual appeal, insulated roof panels come in several weather-resistant, low-maintenance finishes. You are sure to find one that suits your tastes. They can even be covered with shingles or vinyl siding if you prefer that look or want your new screened patio enclosure to match your home’s existing roof.

Questions About Insulated Roof Panels?

Do you have questions about patio screen enclosures or insulated panel roofing systems? You can count on Dulando Screen & Awning for expert advice. Our family-owned company has been building top-notch screen enclosures for patios and pools for our fellow Floridians for almost 50 years.  We’re delighted to serve residents of the Orlando, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach areas. Every custom enclosure that we build is specifically engineered for the site.  We are licensed and bonded by Florida and only use quality materials for your job.  Put our skilled craftsmanship to the test.

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If you’re ready to enhance your home with the addition of a patio screen enclosure, contact us today at 407-862-6060 to request a free quote from one of our design consultants.

Having Trouble Deciding Between a Patio Enclosure and Sunroom?

Having Trouble Deciding Between a Patio Enclosure and Sunroom?

If you enjoy nature, you may want to add a screened enclosure or sunroom to your home to experience the outdoors from a protected spot. Both screened enclosures and sunrooms expand your living area into the backyard, yet provide protection from mosquitoes, other critters and rain. Which one appeals most to you depends on your lifestyle, budget and how you plan to use the space.  Hopefully, by outlining the benefits of each, you’ll be able to make a decision between a backyard patio enclosure and sunroom.

Benefits of a Screen Patio Enclosure

In climates like Florida’s with pleasant weather most of the year, screened patios can serve as a multi-purpose activity area. Building a patio will help you relax, entertain and enjoy nature. Children can use it as a playroom when it’s raining or too hot to play in the sun. Whatever the use, a screened-in porch serves as a transition zone between the inside and outside.

A screened-in patio typically has a roof, a door from the main house to the porch and a door from the porch to the outside. If you already have a patio, you can use that as a foundation. The screen is installed around the three sides of the porch to create a patio enclosure.

Screened patios are relatively inexpensive to build. Primary building materials may include an aluminum frame with a screen, concrete or brick pavers for the floor, and aluminum panels or shingles for the roof.  Floors of a patio screen enclosure can be any of a variety of materials, such as concrete, brick, tile or stone. Screened-in porches are not air-conditioned or heated. They may include a ceiling fan and lights requiring some electrical work. Depending on how you plan to use the space, you may also want to install additional electrical outlets to run other equipment. If you’re thinking about installing a ceiling fan in your patio enclosure, make sure to notify your patio contractor. A fan beam is essential to provide support for the fan and to hide the wiring within the insulated roof.

Screened enclosures cannot be used year-round. Seasonal cold weather or blowing rain make them uncomfortable. Furniture needs to be protected from the humidity of the summer months and the sun if it is near the screen. However, using Phifer Solar Screens cuts radiation and protects furniture and belongings. Adding roll-up curtains also protects from rain and sun.

Benefits of a Patio Sunroom

Sunrooms are also called four-season rooms because they are protected from the elements and can be used year-round. Rather than screens forming the walls, the sides have windows made of acrylic, vinyl or glass. Patio Sunrooms provide additional protection from heat and cold all year long. The large windows optimize the amount of light entering the room. Windows can be opened to enjoy the breezes when the weather isn’t too hot or cold. Sunrooms are usually heated and air-conditioned.

Although a patio sunroom can be used throughout the year, they take you further away from the natural environment. The sunroom feels more like being indoors. In addition, the intense light adds heat to space. This can make it uncomfortable to use during the hottest times of day and expensive to cool.

Building a sunroom can be double the cost of a screened enclosure. However, creating a sunroom from an existing screened-in porch lowers costs because the sunroom is already underneath the home’s roof structure. Double-pane windows are usually installed to reduce air conditioning and heating costs, which also increases the price.

Ultimately, the decision about whether to build a screen patio enclosure or sunroom is yours. If you want to be more intimately connected with nature and keep costs down, enclosing a patio will do just fine. Building a sunroom makes sense if you want an all-season room that expands your living space. Whichever option you choose, make sure to also choose a patio contractor.

Dulando Screen & Awning can help you develop design ideas for your patio enclosure or sunroom that complement your property’s architecture and landscaping. Call us today at 407-862-6060 or fill out our online form for a free estimate. One of our design consultants will be happy to meet with you and discuss the many options available to you. Our goal is to create an additional living space for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

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