The Do’s and Dont’s of Patio Enclosures

do's and don'ts of patio enclosuresA patio enclosure is a great way of bringing the outside into your home. By enclosing a patio space it becomes a usable area, free from annoying insects, where you can entertain and relax while making the most of the Australian climate. If you’re looking into adding a patio enclosure for your home, here are some do’s and don’ts that you might want to follow.

Don’t DIY unless you know what you’re doing

Although self assembly DIY patio enclosure kits can be bought cheaper than hiring a professional, they can be tricky things to erect. This is true, even with the added bonus of instructions. So unless you’re pretty handy with a screwdriver and a tape measure it might be far less hassle and probably less costly to leave it for the professionals.

Do plan your design

Once a patio enclosure is erected it’s not really meant to be taken down and re-erected. For this reason you should always plan your design first. Think about how you are going to use the space and how big it needs to be to fulfil those requirements. Also consider the direction of the sun and erect your enclosure to harness the most of it. A north facing garden is ideal in Oz so ideally you want your patio enclosure to face within 15° of compass north to get the most benefit. Alternatively if this is all too technical most patio enclosure companies will offer an in-house design service usually free of charge.

Do make sure you opt for the right material

All patio enclosure material is designed to keep out the majority of insects. However do bear in mind that you will have to pay more for security screen material which has been strengthened, or those that are designed to be cat and dog proof. You can also buy varying degrees of anti-glare material to protect you from the sun so make sure you address these needs before you fit your enclosure as they will impact on the overall cost.

Do shop around

Finally if you’re looking to hire a company to fit your patio enclosure for you, don’t just take the first option because it’s cheap. Instead you might want to consider other factors such as experience, feedback, testimonials, and location, before you say ‘you’re hired!’  By doing your homework you’ll feel much happier that you’ve hired a company who you know will deliver a great job with the least disruption possible.

So there you have it! The do’s and don’t of patio enclosures explained. If you’re considering a patio enclosure for your outside space then come and talk to Down Under Screens and Security. As a family run business we’ve been fitting insect screens, security doors, and patio enclosures for the people and businesses of Beenleigh and the surrounding areas for many years. Contact us today on 07 3807 3355 for a free, no-obligation competitive quote and let us design a patio enclosure that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

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