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Top 5 Reasons to Enclose a Deck & Create a Sunroom

  
  
  
  

Living in Northern Ohio there are several reasons to have your deck enclosed to transform your existing deck to a full screen room or sunroom. Many decks get upgraded every year.  An enclosed deck will keep you dry and insect-free. When a screen room is built on a deck, one can enjoy the outdoors and the refreshing breezes all summer long and into the fall without concern for rain or extreme temperatures. 

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Enclose a Deck:

 

Add Value to Your Home 

One of the best reasons to enclose your deck is that it is an industry fact that an enclosed space adds value to your home. It is an enclosed area that can add valuable amenity square footage to your home that you can use for most, if not all, of the year. You can often save on foundation costs if your deck meets your local building code requirements.  Consult a professional to determine the additional weight and load that your deck will have to be able to withstand to meet code. 

 Enclose Deck Patio Room

Reduce your Annual Maintenance

No more worrying about cleaning leaves or sticks off your deck before you entertain. And you can finally stop the annual power washing, painting, staining and sealing. You do not have constantly take your patio furniture or cushions inside and outside to keep them dry and protected. There is no better place to enjoy the company of friends and family than in your new enclosed room. 

 

Enjoy the Outdoors, Indoors

In your new deck enclosure you can add electrical outlets, track lighting, ceiling fans, and many other features.  With an enclosed deck, you will be able to enjoy this space for an extended season if not all year round.  You also don't have to worry about always having to clean up everything immediately after being outside.  Feel free to bring your belongings into the house later without concern for rain or wind. With a new outdoor room, it’s like every day is a vacation in your own back yard.

New deck enclosure walls

 

Feel Like You Are Outside 

Fiberglass mesh screens are commonly used in most screen rooms and sunrooms (also known as enclosures).  Full screens outside of operating windows allow you to open all the windows in the sunroom to get full ventilation and the feeling that you are truly outside.  Recently, screening technology vastly improved.  Screens are now able to be manufactured with a tighter and finer mesh pattern.  The resulting screen is almost invisible to the naked eye!  The visibility and light transmittance from the inside is excellent.  More, the airflow is also improved giving you a better breeze throughout your room making you feel like you are truly outside while comfortly enjoying the protection from the elements inside the room.  Many deck enclosure owners often love those soft, summer rainy days.  The relaxation and smell of fresh rain, while being completely dry in an enclosure, is a the best way to unwind on those leisurely afternoons.

 

One More Reason 

One more reason to have your deck enclosed is that should you later want to upgrade it into a Four Season Sunroom (or year round sunroom, it can be arranged if the contractor knows in advance. Remember that a year round vinyl enclosure is the best for insulating against the elements and the most energy efficient.

 

If you are planning to enclose your deck, first ask yourself what benefits would I gain by enclosing my deck.  Then, consult a professional and determine what your options are and what will work best for your family and home.

Four season deck enclosure

 

 

Want to get great tips and ideas for your sunroom?  Download our free design guide below.

Free Sunroom Design Guide

 

  

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Comments

Great article and very helpful. Nice info about the upgrade to a Four Season Sunroom.
Posted @ Thursday, September 01, 2011 5:26 AM by Sunrooms NJ
Was hoping that someone could give me some advice. I have a deck that I am going to have converted in to a 3 season room. Would like to put indoor/outdoor carpet on the floor but wonder what I need to put down first to cover the cracks between the decking and keep insects from coming up through the floor? Would I need to put plywood down first or could I just use some sort of foam or rubber tile?
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:09 PM by Lyn
Lyn, there are a few things to consider in your conversion. One of the best solutions is to put a vapor barrier over the existing deck boards (visqueen, plastic sheeting, etc.) and then cover with plywood. You will need to make sure that the plywood lays flat and is a good substrate for your carpet. Many times deck boards will twist and move making this part of the project more involved than anticipated. Then on top of the plywood you could use a carpet pad and carpet. That is the recommended long-term solution. There are shortcuts you could do, but the pad should not be subjected to sudden moisture changes, the vapor barrier and plywood subfloor will provide a long lasting floor for your room. One other side note, if your deckboards are pressure treated with ACQ or similar chemicals (most likely they are) you will definitely want to have a plywood subfloor. Make sure you also use exterior grade screws to fasten the plywood to the decking, regular fasteners can corrode from the pressure treated chemical found in decking boards. Good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:22 PM by Joyce Factory Direct
I love sun-room and I also done same thing by enclose the Deck and I created sun-room..!!! 
Let me sharing this article with my family member to know them also what are the important of Sun-room 
Posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:13 AM by Patio Calgary
Nice job, it’s a great post. The info is good to know!
Posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:17 AM by Deck Builder NJ
Hello, So I have a screened in deck, it has 2 walls that are over half high to the roof, then it has window cutouts, which have aluminum framed screens and they are about 34x20 or something like that, then 2 walls are more open where the screen units are about 6' high by 22" wide, and I'm looking at replacing the carpet. It's about 6' off the ground, it has PT decking and then plywood on top of that. Does the plywood have to be PT or is regular plywood OK? I ask as I'm not sure if it's PT or not. And I'm thinking of either putting Trex or some other composite decking on as the new floor, or perhaps something like this:  
http://www.gerflorusa.com/commercial-flooring/all-sectors/creation-trends.html 
Posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:58 PM by Jay
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