Patio Enclosure & Sunroom FAQs

Adding a patio enclosure to your home is an exciting decision. This kind of extension won’t just add value to your property – it will also create a relaxed space for you and your family to enjoy daily life. If you’re considering an enclosure or sunroom for your home, we can tell you everything you need to know about the design and installation process.

Below, our experts have answered the questions they hear most.


What's the difference between a patio enclosure and a sunroom?

A patio enclosure is a standard patio that’s been closed off – usually with large glass walls and windows. It’s generally a paved space that reaches out into the backyard. Many enclosed patios begin as regular patios, then are later modified with walls.

While this may sound very similar to a sunroom, there are several key differences. An enclosed patio is typically separate from the rest of the home, offering a distinction between the indoors and the outdoors – but a sunroom can be integrated into the house’s interior structure. It’s essentially a room that’s been designed to let in sunlight and scenic views.

Altec sunrooms are weatherproof glass enclosures that let in light and beautiful garden views.



How much does a sunroom cost?

As each property and sunroom design is different, costs tend to differ as well. The price of building a patio can be influenced by many factors, including:

  • •  The type of enclosure
  • •  The materials required
  • •  The size and location.

Beyond these factors, the cost is also influenced by the design you choose. Our expert designers work with you to plan the perfect patio enclosure to suit your home, budget and lifestyle.

To get an accurate estimate of the costs involved, book in your free design consultation and begin planning your dream sunroom.



Do I need a council permit for a sunroom?

Yes. In most cases, if you plan on building a roofed patio or home extension, you’ll need a permit from your local council. However, the specific permit required varies between states.

Altec can advise you on the permits you need or we can take care of the whole process for you. Whether you live in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, or northern New South Wales, we can obtain the necessary council approvals for your new sunroom.



What materials are used for building a sunroom?

Engineered to attach seamlessly to your house, our extensions are built out of materials to make you feel at home. Whether you’re after a glass or screened sunroom, you can rely on the high-quality materials we use. These include:

  • •  Insulated ceilings and composite roofing
  • •  Colorbond steel, ply or gyprock for insulated walls
  • •  Powder-coated aluminium window frames
  • •  Fibreglass mesh screens.

By using the best materials, we can guarantee your sunroom will remain durable in tough environments and comfortable on hot or cold days. This will also minimise the amount of maintenance required over the years.

To discover how Altec can extend your home with a sunroom, get in touch with our friendly team today on 1800 503 682, or book your free consultation.


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