Top 5 Common Types of Patio Enclosures and Their Differences in Usability and Durability

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Here are the most common types of patio enclosures available in the market: screen room, sunroom, solid lattice patio cover, open lattice patio cover, and sun porch.

Patio enclosures are mainly designed for the purpose of  providing a beautiful view and feel of the outdoors, at the same time providing protection and shade from the sun, rain and even snow.  A patio enclosure is multipurpose aiming to suit every need of the household. Below are the various types of enclosures with their versatile usage.

Screen room

This is a good choice for houses located in areas with many warm months. It is also known as gazebo. Its function is to provide protection from insects, yet, allows enough ventilation to come in through the screens of the room.

Sun room

It gives you access to landscape views of the outdoors. It can be built using these three common materials: wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Wood is a good insulator and is a good choice for a sunroom. A vinyl material is also suitable for a sun room since it can resist corrosion and rust. A sunroom made of aluminum is also a good preference because, its material is very durable and won’t easily deteriorate. The glass used in sun rooms can either be a straight type of glass or curved glass. This type of patio enclosure is normally having an octagonal shape or a round shape design.

Solid lattice patio cover

This is recommended for areas with cooler climates, but, do not experience snow frequently. It uses aluminum material to partially cover the place. Solid lattice patio covers project a wooden look since the aluminum is embossed with cedar or made with a wooden finish. Solid patios require less maintenance which makes it a good choice too.

Open lattice patio cover

This is an open type patio cover made of aluminum too. It is intended for locations which is all-year round sunny. Foliage and other plants are most suitable for this patio cover. Letting them grow along the lattice frames would give you the perfect shade you need.

Sun porch

This is most useful for protecting your vehicles at your porch. Aside from that, it can also function as an alternative to a greenhouse. This can be done with the use of lumber like redwood, cedar, mahogany, and the like, along with glass panes and screens to cover the sides.  It follows the design of a conservatory too.

With the various choices of patio enclosures available, the ultimate goal for you is to choose the best in terms of quality. Pick the one that will not only suit your style, but, go for the one that can withstand different weather conditions.



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