You have a beautiful patio, but rarely use it because it is too hot, raining or you are bothered by insects. Why waste all that space when you can buy a patio enclosure? How much it costs will depend on the enclosure you choose, but you have some surprisingly affordable options.
A patio enclosure is a type of outdoor room. If you're starting from scratch, you need to calculate the costs* of pavers, your patio cover and the enclosure. Add lighting and furnishings and the cost can be between $10,000 and $50,000. If you already have a paved patio and want to provide it with a cover and enclosure, you can probably enclose your patio for well under $10,000.
How Much Does a Patio Cover Cost?*
Modern aluminium components and powder coated aluminium or polycarbonate roofing materials are light and inexpensive. The least expensive patio cover is a DIY kit. DIY kits come in a wide range of styles and sizes. They can be delivered to your door and all parts and fixings are included in the kits. If you're handy, a kit might be the perfect solution for your patio.
On the low end of the scale, you can buy a patio awning for around $150. If you want a full patio cover, a Colorbond kit can cost only around $1000 to $1200 for a kit that covers a 12m2 area. Other expenses will include a building permit, if needed, and inexpensive supplies like concrete for your patio posts. At this price, you will probably be buying a flat roofed patio cover, but gabled and curved covers are also affordable options.
If you're not handy with tools, you can hire a patio builder to install your patio cover. Since the cover is in kit form, the builder should be able to install it for you quickly to keep your costs down. A custom built patio roof will cost more, but may be a better fit for your home and landscape. An easy way to find out how much a custom made patio roof will cost is to get quotes from patio builders online. Give them the dimensions you need, the style of roof and the materials and their online quotes should be accurate enough for you to decide if the roof you want is within your budget.
How Much Does a Patio Enclosure Cost?*
A patio roof is not a patio enclosure, but it's a start. A patio enclosure can be made of brick, glass or any other building material, but is that what you want? One way to have an open air or enclosed patio is to install retractable flyscreens. They can be retrofitted to any patio roof and have many advantages. The flyscreen can block out the sun, help keep rain out of your patio and keep insects away.
Modern retractable flyscreens are easy to operate. Some can be opened or closed manually or you can purchase motorised flyscreens with a remote control device that allows you to open and close your flyscreens at the touch of a button. High quality retractable flyscreens can cost around $500 per metre, but after you've installed them, you'll use your patio more often and enjoy it more. While they are costly, they are less expensive than other materials when you factor in materials and installation.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.