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.

Benefits of Adding a Pool Screen Enclosure

Benefits of Adding a Pool Screen Enclosure

A cool dip in the pool makes living in Florida an enjoyable experience and keeps you from going crazy in the heat of the day. However, you can enhance your time in the pool even more with a pool screen enclosure. Yes, you heard us right. A screened pool enclosure really does add value to your daily swim. If you don’t quite understand yet, just check out some of these benefits and learn how a swimming pool enclosure can make you fall in love with your pool all over again.

A screen enclosure cleans your pool for you.

Okay, maybe it doesn’t actually vacuum your pool or adds chemicals, but a screened pool enclosure does keep all the leaves, loose papers and other debris from blowing into your pool. A pool enclosure keeps out errant baseballs from neighborhood kids, and it keeps dirt and dust at bay from coastal high winds.

pool-enclosurePool enclosures shield you from pest invaders.

An enclosure acts as an impenetrable barrier between you and all the nasty mosquitoes swarming throughout your yard. Since our beach communities are so much closer to the river and the ocean, mosquito season can last almost as long as the 8 months of summer. With a screen enclosure, you don’t have to set up foul-smelling repellent candles or spray any chemicals on your skin or in the air. A swimming pool enclosure also keeps out other bugs that get stuck in your pool which only adds to your cleaning chores.

A pool screen enclosure beautifies your swimming pool.

Perhaps you’ve thought about enhancing your pool but didn’t know where to start. A swimming pool enclosure surrounds the space, creating an intimate outdoor area for you and your guests to socialize and enjoy the outdoors. Aluminum screen enclosures come in many different shapes and sizes to choose from, so you can add a unique enhancement to your pool and make it stand out from other pools in your neighborhood.

Screen enclosures make your pool a safer place.

Living in Florida, we hear about accidental pool deaths every year. It breaks our heart knowing a child has lost his or her life because of this tragedy. It’s almost impossible to supervise children 100% of the time. A screen pool enclosure prevents wandering children from using your pool without your permission, and it also keeps out pets and any neighborhood animals. A screen enclosure adds security and eliminates unnecessary worry.

From keeping your pool clean to preventing unfortunate accidents, pool screen enclosures make your pool a safer, more inviting place. A screen enclosure encompasses the pool area and extends your interior space to the outdoors, and it provides a place for socializing in the Florida sun without the worry of unwanted bug bites.

Added Bonus: Did you know many of the screen products we use offer built-in sun protection as well as privacy features? Our privacy screens allow you to see out while providing privacy inside the screened pool enclosure.

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There are so many reasons to add a swimming pool enclosure. The benefits and value-added to your home and enjoyment of your new outdoor space will definitely outweigh the cost.

Get started today by calling 407-862-6060 or fill out our Request for Quote. One of our in-home design consultants will visit your home and develop a detailed estimate of your new backyard oasis.

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