Two additions you’d want to consider for improving your home’s curb appeal, value and functionality are a deck and screened-in porch. Both features lead to the outdoors. A porch refers to a covered space added to the front of the house while a deck is an open outdoor space that’s built on the back of the home.
When to Choose a Deck
Decks are usually part of your outdoor recreational space. They may be built into your landscaping along with a patio, outdoor kitchen or pool. You can use a deck for cooking, hosting gatherings, sunbathing and relaxing. Built-in furnishings like benches or tables can be added to your deck, such as fire pits and hot tubs.
Extra measures should be taken when building a deck since it’s more prone to the elements. Your home remodeling contractor should make sure that it has sufficient waterproofing. If not, the material of your deck will experience early deterioration. Low-maintenance deck options include engineered wood and fiber cement.
When to Choose a Porch
Porches, usually an addition to the entryway, are covered by an overhang or extension of the roof. You can choose to have a sunporch or three-season porch installed on your home, which is screened for year-round functionality. This home addition can be used for sitting and watching street activity. You can also receive guests on your porch and use it for storage.
Decks and porches can be constructed using the same materials. However, porches require less maintenance because they’re not as exposed to weather and the elements. For the flooring of your porch, you can go for fiber cement, stone, hardwood or composite.
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