Outdoor spaces, such as decks and porches, are significant elements in curb appeal. These features play an important role in making your home functional, beautiful and valuable. Both decks and porches attach to your home and lead directly outdoors. A deck is an open outdoor space, typically found at the back of the home, whereas a porch is a covered addition to the home, usually added to the front.
Today, we talk about the difference between decks and screened porches so you can decide which outdoor space is suitable for your home.
Purpose and Location
A deck is an extension of your living space and normally located at the back of the home. It is usually a part of the backyard landscaping, along with the patio and pool area. Decks are often used as recreational spaces, where families and friends can gather for grilling and entertainment purposes. Some homeowners choose to add fire pits or hot tubs and include built-in seats and tables.
A screened-in porch is an addition to your entryway. It is typically covered by an overhang or extension of your roof. It is good for areas where bugs, privacy and rainy weather are concerns. It is often used for sitting and watching street activity, or used as a space for unwinding and relaxation.
The process of building a porch or deck is largely similar. The main difference comes from the enclosure of the porch. The roof overhang may already be existing or need to be extended out over the newly installed porch. If the porch requires the addition of a new roofline, along with the screen, then the installation may be more challenging and expensive.
Meanwhile, since decks are completely open to elements, you have to ensure that adequate waterproofing is done. This is to prevent the premature deterioration or failure of your deck addition.
The needed maintenance of your deck or porch is largely dependent on materials used. A deck primarily made of wood will require the most maintenance, needing to be washed and stained at least twice a year. Composites, modified wood and fiber cement decks require less maintenance.
Screened-in porches usually require less maintenance than decks since they are already covered and protected from bugs and other elements. However, the screen itself can sag and develop holes, needing to be replaced every few years.
Jeff Woods Construction is a leading provider of roofing and home improvement solutions in Tennessee. We work with home and business owners in and around Crossville and provide roof repair, porch and deck building, and more. Call us at (931) 787-9107, or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment.