Patios are a common outdoor living space in many Australian homes. These covered areas provide a place to relax, dine and entertain while still enjoying the fresh air and open space. Unfortunately, in many regions of Australia, patios aren't all that pleasant to use during very hot or very cold weather. For this reason, many homeowners are making the decision to enclose their patios. Here are two effective ways that you can enclose your patio and create an all-weather living space that you can enjoy all year round.

1. Add a glass enclosure

Glass enclosures are a great way to protect your patio area without losing the scenic outlook or the feeling of being outdoors. This type of enclosure is made up of a combination of floor-to-ceiling glass panels that can be fixed or able to be opened with a sliding mechanism. This allows you to open up the patio area or have it completely enclosed as desired.

Glass enclosures create a sunroom or conservatory feel to a patio. They're ideal for use in regions that have cold winters, acting like a suntrap that allows you to enjoy the area on even the coldest day. They can also be installed in areas that experience hot summers, although it's a wise idea to opt for insulated glass or add a UV reflecting film to prevent excessive heat build up.

2. Add plantation shutters

Another excellent way to enclose your patio is to add plantation shutters to the external edges of your patio. These shutters are highly practical and also add charm and character to your patio area. They're most commonly made from timber but you can also get attractive aluminium versions which don't require as much upkeep as the timber variety.

Plantation shutters are a great option if you want total flexibility on how much light and airflow your patio receives. They can be opened fully, allowing for full sun exposure when required or fully closed up when you want to block out the sun or create protection from poor weather. The adjustable louvres also mean that you can let small, specific amounts of light and breeze in at different times of the day.

Enclosing your patio is a great investment in your home and is an excellent way of extending your home's living space without the expense of an extension. For more information, contact local patio enclosure contractors, such as those at Apollo Patio Roofing, to discuss your options.