Do you live in a house with a deck? Then you are really lucky! Just like a garden, this corner is perfect for enjoying the good weather in complete peace of mind. However, when the cold period arrives, the situation changes drastically… Rain, wind and snow are natural events that prevent us from resting in this outdoor space. Fortunately, there are modern solutions to protect the deck and transform it into a cocooning corner even in winter! Need some deck enclosure ideas? Let’s explore the possible options together.
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Deck enclosure ideas: the most popular solutions
You can enclose your deck in several ways. We’ll go through them one by one, but you will have to decide, based on your own needs and budget, which is best for you! Let’s get started with our deck enclosure ideas!
Clear vinyl enclosure
One of the easiest ways to enclose your deck is to use clear vinyl. Its benefits are many, starting with the low cost and the ability to see outside. Another advantage is blocking out cold air, but of course you’ll need to heat the room during the coldest months. However, vinyl doesn’t block sunlight, which can actually warm up your space! If you choose this option, you’ll also need to build a structure with posts and a roof (if none is available) to be able to enclose the deck. The vinyl comes in large rolls that you have to unroll and stretch out. It’s best to use aluminum studs, which you can use over and over again, and to which to attach the vinyl. Be careful not to puncture the vinyl to keep out the cold air, moisture or rain! As soon as the weather warms up, you can easily put the vinyl away, and when you need to put it back, as long as you take care of it and don’t tear it!
Use glass panels and create a cozy sunroom. Depending on the type of glass you choose, you can use the room from spring to autumn or all year round. Let’s take a look at the two options:
Single or double-pane glass
Enclose your deck choosing between a single or double-pane glass and enjoy your beautiful space from spring to fall. During the cold winter months, however, you’ll need to bring in an additional heater to keep the room warm. Although a three-season room is great and keeps you cool in the summer, sometimes on windless days opening the windows and doors is an excellent idea to help air circulation!
If you want to use the room all year round, even in the harshest winters, you’d do well to opt for energy efficient glass, good insulation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. This of course requires a bigger budget, but you can see for yourself how many advantages there are – you’ll be able to use the space all year round, regardless of the weather outside, you’ll stay away from any insects during the summer months, and you’ll be able to enjoy a comfortable new area to your home in which to entertain guests, spend time with your family or indulge in your favorite hobby!
Plexiglass is another suitable option. It is adopted in the form of transparent panels. It is usually used instead of glass. This is mainly due to its easy installation and greater resistance. Moreover, another advantage of this material is that it allows more than 90% of the light to pass. Plexiglass is generally a solution to guarantee privacy while renovating the space and enjoying a pleasant aesthetic note. On this last point, however, Plexiglas comes in a variety of colors and finishes – opal, satin, black, etc.
In addition to the covering of the walls, the installation of some kind of roof will also be possible to ensure the complete insulation of the space. On this point, there are a few options that stand out as favorites. Among them, the retractable roof is the star. It represents a relatively accessible alternative with several advantages. Here are some of them:
Protection: The retractable roof is a great solution to protect your deck from rain, snow or wind. It will keep the deck and its occupants dry. In summer, it will hide the deck from sun’s rays, protecting the floor and the furniture from eventual damages.
Resistance: The exterior retractable roof is specifically designed for outdoor use. Generally, it is made of water-proof, UV resistant and mildew-proof materials.
Easy adjustment: Another advantage is that the retractable roof is very simple to adjust. You can open it when the weather is shiny and warm or close it when you want to hide from wet and humid weather conditions.