A patio screen enclosure is a cozy nook, giving your friends and family a new place to gather on a beautiful evening. If you are handy and enjoy construction projects, you might lean towards building your own screened in patio with from one of the many kits on the market. However, there are some important benefits to consider if you choose to hire a patio contractor instead, including choosing a custom design suited just for your patio.

Cost Considerations
For many homeowners, the cost of a screened enclosure may seem the most important factor. A patio kit includes everything you need to make your own screen enclosure, minus the labor. In most cases, this will cost you less than if you hire a patio contractor. However, it’s important to look beyond the simple dollar amount. If you build the patio enclosure on your own, you’ll still need to purchase tools to get the job done. You’ll have to devote a chunk of your time to the job, eliminating your ability do other things with your time.

Design Options
Screen enclosure kits are mass produced and stick with a limited number of designs.  Your choices are limited to the different materials, sizes and styles for your DIY screen enclosure kit. If you want a custom look, however, you’ll need to hire a professional to design and build it for you. A screened patio contractor can listen to your wish list of features and build an enclosure to your specifications.

Experience Level
Buying a screen enclosure kit saves you from tracking down and cutting all the materials you would need for building an enclosure from scratch. However, that doesn’t mean that a kit is a good option for every homeowner. You’ll need to think about your own skills and comfort level when it comes to a construction project. If you’ve done similar projects in the past, you’ll probably already have the skills needed for the project. If you’re new to DIY projects, it might be best to leave this job to the professionals.

Local Considerations
Some cities require permits for screen enclosures. If you’re not familiar with the permitting process, it’s easy to feel frustrated. If you hire a patio contractor, you won’t need to worry about dealing with the permit on your own. It’s also a good idea to think about Florida’s weather when deciding on a DIY option. A kit that works just fine in the weather of Idaho might not work in Florida; hiring a local contractor ensures that your screen enclosure is built with materials that will endure the climate of our region.

If you want to extend the living space of your home for entertaining guests, a screen enclosure is a wonderful option. Before you can get the patio enclosure of your dreams, however, you’ll need to decide if you want to use a DIY kit or hire a patio contractor. American Pools & Spas offers free estimates for their many outdoor living services. Contact us today at 772-777-8655 to learn more about the patio enclosure we can build for you.