How Much Do Patio Enclosures Cost?

Millions of Americans have stated they either wish to have or are happy that they have a patio or screen room. The reasons for this great popularity are clear; quality patio enclosures both improve the value of the home and the health and well-being of its occupants. Since both the health and wealth place pretty high in the majority of people’s books, screen room additions continue to be a very well sought after investment.

First, we are going to spend time together discussing the best fit options for your addition, as well as the predicted costs of each one.

Cost Breakdown of Major Types of Patio Enclosures

“Patio Enclosure” is a comparatively broad category that can encompass projects as small as $500, or as large as $36,000. The average project will cost around $15,000. The final cost will be extremely dependent on the size of the area being enclosed and how it is structured. Windows, materials, etc. whatever way you decide to go with, the end result will be a room that is perfect for you.

We are not going to see every single likely type of outdoor addition; instead, we are going to look at the important categories of patio additions to better help you wrap your mind around expected costs. These types will go over covers, patio screen enclosures, as well as full screen rooms.


An awning refers simply to an angled roofing structure that stretches from the wall of a home. Since they aren’t usually enclosed, you can save a large bit of money with this compromise -but the bugs and weather are still going to get to you. Awnings are often found as a cloth-hybrid material but also are common in solid structure forms. Retractable awnings provide the best compromise when dealing with space and utility.

Cost: $ Low


  • Comparatively low-cost
  • Versatile options.


  • Not as Durable.
  • Return on resale investment will be lower.

Patio Cover

A patio cover is very similar to an awning in the way that it is an extension of a home wall, but has pillars like a solid structure. Like awnings, patio covers do not protect you from the bugs and elements (other than immediate exposure like falling rain and sunlight, of course) but also will not cost as much as a full room. Patio covers are recommended for those who want a permanent addition but do not wish to fully enclose an outdoor space.

Cost: $$ Low – Med


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  • Much firmer than an awning.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Adds more home value than an awning


  • Not as effective as an enclosed space.

Screen Rooms

In its purest form, a screen room takes a patio cover, adds some pillars, and then connects the screen between the pillars to keep out the bugs. Lightweight aluminum screens are common and popular lately. A screen enclosure setup can range dramatically in price but is generally very cost-effective that moves that indoor/outdoor compromise a little bit further in the indoor direction. For example, You can still have a barbeque in a screen room, but it is much more temperamental of a chore. With a patio screen enclosure, you will still get plenty of sun and wind and won’t have to deal with the irritants of bugs. A solid middle-ground patio enclosure that sees heavy use in more humid and hot southern climates.

Cost: $$$ Medium – High

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  • Very low costs.
  • Screen enclosures are perfect for specific climates and locals (the mosquito country for example).


  • While it is inexpensive, the impermanence of the structure is not going to do as well on resale.
  • The room is still unusable on very windy and chilly days.

Sun Room

A Sun Room is better thought of as an additional room with walls that are mostly windows, basically a glass patio enclosure. Traditionally it is called a solarium, these rooms are great for lounging and relaxing throughout the year when the weather is mild. The worst of the weather is kept out, and so are the bugs, but the glass still makes you very sensitive to temperatures. Screen rooms are excellent additions that almost always provide a significant value to a home. A well-made screen room addition will most likely earn the homeowner back 80-120% of its value. Enjoying your book in the sunlight and knowing you are in your own home on a nice sunny afternoon is one of the best moments in life.

Cost: $$$$ High


  • Fully enclosed from wind and the bugs.
  • A very attractive lounging room.
  • A glass patio enclosure gives you Great ROI value on the re-sell.


  • Much more expensive than the other options.

Now there are many variations of screen rooms like three season rooms which, if you can’t tell by the name, are built to be used in a full array of seasonal conditions than the other offered options. Despite the final style or name, the principals approximately remain the same on this same pricing and result trajectory. The more solid and well built the add-on, the better the home value and the better the elements are kept out. The cheaper the option, the more you are one with nature, but this is not always the best fit depending on what you are looking for.

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