Should You Screen-In Your Porch?

Front and back porches are an extension of our homes. They add additional living space where we can enjoy the outdoors. As a lot of us find ourselves in-doors even more right now, a porch can be a much-needed reprieve. A lot of the time, when it comes to updating or building a new porch, homeowners are posed with the question if they should screen-in their porch. With summer approaching, this is a great question. So, here are some pros and cons to a screened-in porch.

Front Porch Rebuild in Maryland After 2

This is a recent front porch we completed in Maryland. Like most front porches, it was not screened-in.

The Cons to a Screened-In Porch

Let’s start with the negatives to a screened-in porch.

  1. Cost – It is more expensive to screen-in your porch. It requires more materials and time to build.
  2. Maintenance – This can fall under cost too. If it rips, it needs to be replaced. Also, screens need to be cleaned from pollen and other dirt.
  3. Your View – While it won’t obstruct your view completely, it isn’t wide open and unfiltered. Consider your visual experience.

All of these should be considered before you decide to enclose your porch.

The Pros to a Screened-In Porch

New Screened-In Porch Project After

This was a screened-in porch we helped rebuild. In addition to a screen-in porch, the homeowners opted for an open deck.

Now for the positives of having a screened-in porch.

  1. Stays Cleaner – Yes, you have to clean the screens. However, they also protect your furniture and porch from pollen and debris.
  2. Keeps Bugs Out – Hands down Maryland has bugs. Screens help prevent you from being bitten to death while enjoying the outdoors.
  3. More Enjoyment – Your view is obstructed. Many can keep electronics, heaters, and more protected. It allows for a more versatile space.

In the end, it’s really about preference. How do you want to use your porch?

Other Things to Consider

It really comes down to your preference and budget. Many people don’t see the downside to screened-in porches. Depending on the style of your home, front screened-in porches can be harder to pull off aesthetically. However, back screened-in porches can add value to your home.

Also, think about how frequently you use it. If you like to sit, chat, and spend time on it all year long, a screened-in porch might be your best bet. Some clients even request to add an outdoor fireplace or surround sound. Overall, these creature-comforts really make an outdoor living space more comfortable.

Not to mention, there are advances in screens that you can choose from. There are pet-friendly screens that are more durable for our furry friends. Some screens are more sun-blocking. Not only against the UVs but it also helps keep your porch cooler. There are also different looks between fiberglass, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and bronze.

We Can Help You With Your Porch

At 7th State Builders, we have helped build both! If you want to find out what fits your home, lifestyle, and budget, give us a call today. We are happy to sit down and talk to you about what the best materials and solutions are for your porch. Also, check out our blog to see other porch projects we have done.