One of the simplest ways to extend a house is to build a porch or a patio. The only difference between the two is that the patio does not have a roof. Building patio or porch enclosures makes this a permanent all-year round fixture of the home.
The types of enclosures
Whether you are enclosing a patio or a porch, you have to consider what kind of enclosure you want. The model follows the function of the additional space. The design could be a screen room, three seasons room, four seasons room or a solarium.
The solarium is a room with glass from top-to-bottom, all the way up to the ceiling. Builders use different types of glass, with or without tints, in building a solarium.
The four season room is built according to specifications for year-round insulation. The only difference between the four and three season room is that the latter has less insulation. In areas where there is no snow, the three season room would do just as well.
Screen rooms are basic enclosures making use of screens to cover the open windows. The screens are there not only to keep insects away but also to keep natural wind and breezes flowing through.
Closing an open area
Both the porch and the patio are traditional parts of a house. The choice is usually a personal preference of the owner. There are those who like to have a roof, while others want a roofless deck where they can take in the sun while outdoors.
Either way, the only difference between enclosing a patio and a porch is that a porch already has a roof. This is an additional cost, factored in with the cost of enclosing the whole area.
The enclosure follows any of the different types above, and except for the screen room, and it would keep the temperature and environment indoors considerably different from the one inside the enclosure.
The type of patio or porch enclosure that an owner wants is dependent on what he or she enjoys most. The difference in the cost is worth the comfort and enjoyment it will provide.