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Updated August 23, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Home Building & Remodeling Expert.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Cost to Build a Patio Enclosure

The average cost to build a patio enclosure is around $16,636 total with most homeowners spending between $8,232 and $25,039. Depending on what you envision, you may spend anywhere between $22 and $75 per square foot with respect to its features, labor and material.

the average cost to build a patio enclosure is $22 to $75 per square foot.

Within the prices ranges above, labor makes up an average of $20 and $40 per square foot. In addition, the cost of materials, depending on the type you choose, accounts for anywhere between $2 and $35 per square foot. Keep in mind, costs vary due to the square footage of the chosen space, the type of enclosure, and other features such as roofing, flooring, and amenities.

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Covered Patio Enclosure Costs: Full, Partial or Sunroom

Your total cost for a covered patio enclosure averages $70 per square foot. The final cost comes down to the kind of enclosure you choose - a full enclosure, partial enclosure or a sunroom.

  • Full enclosure: $20,000+. This is a completely built structure, either onto your home or separate from it. Everything (foundation, walls, windows, doors, roof) are built custom and from scratch. If you add it onto your home, the contractor will match it to the rest of the home. There may also be electrical, heating/cooling and plumbing elements to include.
  • Partial enclosure: $5,000-$10,000. This is usually when you leave some of patio space open to the outside. You can add simple screens to enclose the space or doors, windows or a different roof.
  • Sunroom: $15,000-$22,000. Oftentimes, these are pre-made additions. There are climate controls to keep it from getting musty or moldy. A contractor builds it off-site and then brings it to install onto your home. You may customize it however you like.

Some factors you need to keep in mind when choosing between these three options are:

  • Roofing materials
  • Whether you’ll need a permit and/or homeowners association pre-approval
  • Walls to add/replace
  • Windows to add on

While you won’t have to worry about most of these with a partial type, they are major considerations with a full enclosure or sunroom. This is especially true if you will have to knock down walls for the addition to your home. The average cost to demo a home's interior is between $1,150 and $4,900, although demo prices go as low as $400 for single walls or small rooms.

Screened-In Patio Cost

For patios or porches that already have a roof, screening that consists of mesh materials costs roughly $4.50 per square foot, excluding labor. For a 12-hour day consistent with a 240-square-foot porch, labor costs range from $370 to $470 total. This includes:

  • inspection of the space
  • gathering equipment
  • transporting materials
  • preparation and installation
  • cleanup

As a freestanding alternative to create a screened-in effect, roll shades or privacy screens cost between $13-$35 apiece for a window-size of 36 inches by 48 inches or $62 and above for a custom-fit roll shade. Wide shades average 96 inches by 132 inches and cost between $92 and $825 each.

Mesh screens are perhaps the most popular option since pre-made kits sell for $50 a piece at most hardware stores. Plus, each kit comes with adequate supplies and materials to install them yourself. Mesh screens are versatile because they come in a variety of types such as copper or brass that work well with any structure.

Mesh Screen Costs by Type
TypePrice Per Square Foot
Stainless Steel$1
Vinyl-coated polyester$0.60

Stainless steel, polyester, and aluminum mesh screens offer the best protection with strong durability and non-corrosion. Copper and brass options are great for looks, but damage easily. Bronze tends to discolor quickly, and fiberglass is easily torn.

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Windows vs. Screens

The cost to install windows in your patio enclosure (a set of four) falls between $1,200 and $3,200, including labor and materials. If you want to add screens around your enclosure, expect to pay about between $800 and $1,000 total or roughly $4.50 per square foot.

If you want to have a very elaborate and complex addition, you need windows. Sunrooms usually have 40% of the walls covered in windows. Consider how many windows you want, what size and any insulation or decorative add-ons. Mesh curtains or other types of see-through material are less expensive to add than windows. However, that does come with the downside of not enjoying your enclosure in inclement weather.

Patio Roof Cost or Patio Kits

Patio roofs come standard with certain steel or pre-built patio kits that cost $200 to $900+. The cheaper options come with detachable, cloth awnings that allow you to hang drapes, curtains, or install roll shades.For custom-built structures with a custom roof, the price falls between $8,000 and $40,000 total.

Roofs are essential to protecting your enclosure from weather conditions. When considering which one to invest in, here are some pros & cons to consider:

  • Custom Patio Roofs: These are the safest option. They protect against weather like snow and hail. They are more expensive because they’re like traditional home roofs, though for a smaller square footage. You can’t take them on and off since they’re permanent.
  • Awnings: The cost to install awnings is highly affordable. They are fabric and thus not as durable as a traditional roof. They're susceptible to damage by weather conditions, so maintenance is essential.

Sunroom Patio Enclosures

Installing a sunroom costs between $15,000 and $22,000, which includes labor and materials. With that in mind, sunroom enclosures also include specific types of designs for you to consider:

  • Four Season or Life Room: These are high-class, climate-controlled enclosures. You can use them in the heat of summer or the chill of a cold winter. Transforming your patio into an all-year-round space requires additional features like HVAC systems and insulation.
  • Three Season: Depending on where you live, this type can handle most seasons. They’re not made for areas with heavy winters or extreme summers. They have no heating and cooling systems.
  • Traditional: These are the “true” add-ons to your home, made to match and act like a room addition. You can use the same materials as your home, just with more windows and another door.
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Additional Patio Enclosure Types and Costs

Although it may be a large investment, enclosing the patio adds more livable space to your home. Some people turn their patios into sunrooms, while others merely add screens to protect from bugs. There's also the option to completely enclose the room and use it as another regular space in your home. The goal is to have an outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Here are some additional patio enclosure types and costs to consider:

Glass Patio Enclosures Prices or Solariums

Installing a solarium costs anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000, including labor and materials. The price becomes a bit higher than a typical patio enclosure since it has walls and a roof made entirely of glass. Similar to the cost of installing a conservatory, solariums allow sunlight to flow in during warm days. They often made to accommodate indoor gardens or plants.

Note that in most areas, solariums that are used to grow plants need good ventilation (fans, heaters, etc.) to keep the temperature consistent.

Wood Patio Cover Pricing

Wood patio covers come in a variety of styles and cost around $13,000 for labor and materials.

  • Usually custom built
  • Designing one requires blueprints to be drawn up by an engineer for between $1,500 to $2,000
  • Looks great and is easily repairable
  • Prone to deterioration at a much faster rate than other materials
  • May need repainting or re-staining every few years for about $2,000 each time

Vinyl Patio Enclosures

Vinyl patio enclosures range between $4,000 and $6,500 for labor and materials.

  • Cheaper option than wood
  • Warp-resistant
  • Rot-resistant
  • Bug-resistant.

Vinyl lattice patio covers cost between $2,000 and $4,500 total, and some DIY kits for these type range from $1,000 to $3,200.

Covered Patio Cost Per Square Foot

To install a patio cover where the existing roof of your home extends over an outdoor space, a general price to expect is $35 per square foot for labor. The total cost depends on the style of roof you choose (vaulted, sloping, flat, etc.) and the materials you select.

Average Cost to Build a Patio Cover Attached to a House

Covered patios attached to a house or "lean-to" patio covers cost an average of $1,400 to $1,900 total. They use the home's existing structure to support half the roof, and posts or beams to hold up the other side. This is also a good option for a carport if your home doesn't have a garage space but has a parking pad.


Some types of enclosures need permits, so add between $100 and $300 to your budget to cover the buliding permit costs when getting ready to build your patio enclosure. Full enclosures or custom sunrooms require this, especially if they change your home’s existing structure in any way. Partial types usually do not require one, unless it's a complex, custom install. Check with your local municipalities before you embark on this project. You don’t want to redo the project later because it isn’t up to code.

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Add-ons & Extras

Once your enclosure is up and running, it’s time to consider the extras. What kind of space do you want the enclosure to be? What will be its overall purpose for you? Here are some add-ons you might consider for your enclosure:

  • Environmental Controls: You can install a small HVAC system (ductless mini split) between $650-$4,500 depending on its size and capabilities.
  • Greenery: Think about purchasing planter boxes at $120 apiece.
  • Portable Heaters are energy-efficient and cost-effective. They range from $100-$500 per unit.
  • Motorized Screens: One press of a button, and you could avoid hundreds in repair bills. The average cost to install a retractable screen is $3,000 total.
  • Outdoor Entertainment Systems: Add a TV, stereo system or a mini home theater. Costs for this vary depending on the quality of your products. You may have to hire an electrician to add wiring and outlets to your space.
  • Outdoor Fireplaces cost $1,500-$6,500 for labor and materials. The cost to install a fire pit is much cheaper at $700 total on average, but a project can land anywhere between $300-$1,400 per job.
  • Privacy Shades: Privacy shades help you stay cool on a hot day. Expect to pay a total between $90-$180 for a set of six windows installed.
  • Seating: Pre-made seating arrangements from retail stores cost anywhere from $350-$1,100 for a set or individual pieces. Custom seating arrangements may cost anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 for individual pieces or a set.
  • Decking: Consider the cost of building a standing or floating deck to create more immersive outdoor space. Costs for this vary depending on the square footage of the deck, labor and materials.

Life Room Cost

A life room is a branded experience similar to a four-seasons room, but with a modern spin. With a low-end design, the cost to install a life room is between $10,000 and $20,000, and higher-end designs spike to $72,000 to $100,000, which includes labor, materials and any other amenities built in.

Picture a fully functional, comfortable and high-tech space with access to the outdoors. Then, with the click of a button, you cut off access to the outside and transform it into an indoor space that serves as an addition to your home. It typically uses retractable walls or shades to maintain versatility between two living experiences.

Screened Lanai Cost

Lanai enclosure costs are anywhere between $1,200 and $1,600 for labor and materials. Broken down to a square footage pricing model, it falls between $6 to $8 per square foot. The final cost ultimately relies on what materials you choose.

A lanai is similar to a patio cover since it's also built from an extension of a home's existing room, although it typically includes a swimming pool within the enclosure.

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Enclosed Breezeway Cost Estimate

A typical price range to install four windows in an enclosed breezeway is between $1,200 and $3,200, which includes labor and materials. Breezeway enclosure costs are comparable to the same price ranges as screened-in patios or other types relating to covers and solariums. If you want to add screens around your breezeway, expect to pay about between $800 and $1,000 total or roughly $4.50 per square foot.

Cost Factors Include:

  • Materials chosen
  • Whether you install windows or mesh screens
  • The size of openings that needs coverage

Arizona/Florida Room Cost

You can expect to pay $35 per square foot in labor to install an Arizona room in your home. Plus, you'll pay an additional range between $1,200 and $3,200 to install four windows to outfit the space, although these rooms are known for having many windows to allow cool air to flow through, so the final price may be more. Costs are similar to that of a lanai, in which the room is an extension of the house that combines outdoor and indoor living. Other factors such as flooring and amenities also affect your final price.

DIY Build vs. Hiring a Patio Pro

With pre-made kits, you may be able to install it DIY. For complex designs or materials, hire a pro to build it properly. Hiring a patio enclosure professional near you saves you time and money. For the best results, arrange a paid consult with a professional to discuss your challenges and come up with a solution before tackling a job yourself.

Average Price of Patio Kits

TypeAverage Cost of Materials
Steel Patio (Gazebo)$200 - $350
Aluminum$5,000 - $6,000


What’s the difference between a sunroom and covered patio?

The difference between a sunroom and a covered patio are the glass design elements and roof structure. For instance, a sunroom is usually fully enclosed in glass. A covered patio is an extension of the home's roof and may be open to the outside.

What’s the difference between a covered patio, covered porch, lanai and veranda?

The difference comes down to the placement of the structure and its design elements.

  • Covered patios and lanais: They are both extensions of a home's existing room. Typically occupy the side or back of a home.
  • Covered porch: Usually sits in the front of a home. Open to the outside. Holds the same design elements as a covered patio and lanai.
  • Veranda: An open-air structure connecting to the outside of a building. Enclosed by a railing that extends across the front or sides.

How much does it cost to extend a roof over a patio?

The cost to extend a roof over a patio depends on the type of materials chosen.

  • Steel Pre-built patio kits: $200-$900
  • Patio enclosures with a custom wooden roof: $8,000-$40,000, including labor.
  • Aluminum roofs cost: $5,000-$6,000

What does a covered patio with fireplace cost?

To install a patio cover where the existing roof of your home extends over an outdoor space, a general price to expect is $35 per square foot for labor only. The total cost depends on the style of roof you choose (vaulted, sloping, flat) and the materials you select. The cost to install a fireplace is between $1,500 and $6,500 for labor and materials. The cost to install a concrete patio is roughly $700 total when using pavers. Hiring a pro will cost you $2,000 and $4,000 total. Fire pit installation costs between $300 and $1,400.

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