Mosquito bites, no-see-ums, harsh UV rays, rain, snow, and wind… these are just some of nature’s factors that keep people from enjoying their porch and the outdoors. And frankly, they can be dangerous if not protected against.
Enclosing a porch can protect you against all these things and add value to your home.
Keep reading to learn about 9 unique ways to enclose your porch.
Curtains are a lovely way to enclose a porch and extend your home to the outdoors. They add elegance while also providing shade and privacy.
The best part about drapes and curtains is their versatility.
You can pull them back when you want an open outdoorsy feel and the weather is right. Let them down to protect against insects, rain, sun, and to create more intimate settings.
Plus, drapes and curtains come in almost any style you can imagine. You’ll easily be able to find the perfect color and material to fit your home and your vision.
Installing glass windows or doors around your porch is the perfect way to turn your porch into a sunroom or solarium. It truly makes your porch a transitional space into your home.
Enclosing a porch with glass provides the ultimate protection. Glass windows and doors stand up to all weather and provides insulation so your porch can stay cool or warm and dry.
But don’t worry. Glass porch enclosures still allow plenty of opportunities to feel like you’re outdoors.
Sliding doors can be installed that slide open completely. Windows can be opened horizontally for optimal airflow. Plus the panoramic view will let you enjoy the outdoors all year long.
Glass porch enclosures are timeless and will look great with any home design.
3. Shades and Blinds
Shades and blinds add privacy and protection from harsh sun and weather. They also add texture and ambiance to your porch, making it more of an extension of your home.
Blinds and shades can actually keep your porch cooler, too. Depending on the design, they can block most UV rays while still letting air flow. No more having to go inside during those hot summer days or nights.
You can simply roll the blinds or shades up to protect them from harsh weather or when you need less protection.
Bamboo and wooden blinds fit nicely into the trending bohemian and bungalow styles.
4. Sliding Shutters
Sliding shutters is a new and innovative method for enclosing a porch. They sound just like they are.
This creative technique installs floor to ceiling shutters on a track system at the edge of your porch or patio. The shutters slide based on where you need to block the sun.
No more having to move your chairs based on the moving sun. Just slide the shutters and enjoy.
These also look great for all home styles. They can be modern, traditional, farmhouse, etc. You’ll have the trendiest home in the neighborhood with sliding porch shutters.
Live the coastal life by enclosing your porch with a screen.
Screened-in porches are perfect for protecting against insects, even no-see-ums! They also provide constant UV protection and shade.
The nicest thing about screens is that they don’t limit the “being outdoors” feel. You still get to feel the breeze and warmth. Plus, they are basically maintenance-free.
Screens are also one of the most affordable options for enclosing a porch. You can even do it yourself with a kit. However, for large areas or for floor-to-ceiling screens, we recommend having a professional do the job.
6. Open Wall System
An open wall system is unique and a new style of porch enclosures. It is basically a glass wall that you can fully open–transforming a room of your home into a porch.
The design collapses the wall just as you would fold a privacy screen. It provides wonderful unobstructed views of the outdoors while protecting your space from weather and wildlife.
Screened awnings are an easy, temporary, and affordable way to enclose your porch.
They are a good option if you only want protection or privacy for certain occasions, such as a barbeque or during the summer.
If you have a summer home with a porch, an awning may be a great alternative to spending money on permanent enclosures. You can put the awning up when there and take it down when you leave.
Screened awnings protect against insects and the sun, and are also nice for keeping things away from your food.
They are one of the most inexpensive options for enclosing a porch, too.
8. Privacy Screens
If your porch is small or you only need privacy for one section of your porch, then a privacy screen is a great option. They are also perfect if you’re needing a temporary enclosure.
Privacy screens are trendy and an affordable way to supply an eclectic ambiance (and privacy, of course) to your porch. Initially used for balconies, they have made their way into all realms of exterior home design.
They provide shade, protection from insects, and turn your outdoor space into a room.
9. Verticle Planter Wall
Verticle planting has become popular for many reasons. But one of the best things about a verticle plant wall is that it provides exactly that–a wall!
Verticle plant walls can be custom made, purchased, or built yourself based on the size you need. They are a great bohemian option to not only enclose your porch and add privacy, but also add character, fresh air, and, well, life.
Check out these great outdoor planter walls. Go with wood for a farmhouse, traditional, or boho look. Metal is modern or rustic.
You’ll love the fresh new botanical vibe and the intimacy.
Everything You Need for Enclosing a Porch
Whether you want glass or screen, a sunroom, lanai, or solarium, Stouffville Glass Inc. has you covered (literally).
We create the materials and implement the services to make your porch dreams a reality. We also provide a one-year installation warranty.