Screened-in porches, also known as screen rooms, offer homeowners the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without being exposed to the elements. However, like with most things in life, it’s essential to consider the advantages and disadvantages of screened-in porches before making a final decision.
This article will discuss some of the most common problems with screened-in porches, their main advantages over open porches, and how to choose between an open porch vs. an enclosed porch.
Disadvantages Of Screened In Porches
Screens Can Partially Block The View:
One of the main reasons people enjoy having a porch is that it can offer a comfortable place to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them. Unfortunately, screens can somewhat block the view. So, if you have a breathtaking view from your porch, keep in mind that screens will take away from that. That isn’t to say, though, that you won’t be able to appreciate the scenery. High-quality screens offer excellent visibility and won’t take away from your porch’s view much.
Screens Can Make The Porch Feel Smaller:
While screened-in porches protect you from the elements, screens can make a porch feel smaller and more closed off. This is usually not a dealbreaker, but it’s something to keep in mind, especially if the porch is on the smaller side.
It Requires More Materials And Costs More:
Another disadvantage of screened-in porches is that they require more materials than an open porch and, as a result, they cost more. However, the extra cost is easy to justify considering all the benefits of a screened-in porch.
Screens are an additional component of your porch that must be cleaned and maintained. You’ll need to periodically clean the screens to prevent them from becoming clogged with dirt and debris. Also, screens can get damaged and may need to be replaced.
Advantages Of Screened In Porches
Keeps The Bugs Out:
The main advantage of screened-in porches is that they keep the bugs out. A screened-in porch will give you a much-needed break from being constantly bitten if you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes or other pesky insects. While you comfortably relax on your porch, the mosquitos will have to buzz around outside or go for your neighbors instead!
More Usable Throughout The Year:
Another great advantage of screened-in porches is that they’re more usable throughout the year. An open porch provides you with a great deal of protection from the sun and rain, but the screens of a screened-in porch take it one step further. It’s not just the bugs that stay out – the screens reduce the sun’s glare and keep the wind at bay, making it possible to enjoy your porch even when the weather is not at its best.
Sure, you will need to clean the screens of a screened-in porch periodically, but the porch itself will stay much cleaner. Because the screens keep out bugs and debris, you won’t have to sweep or vacuum often. Additionally, your outdoor furniture will stay cleaner and last longer since it won’t be constantly exposed to the elements.
Unlimited Opportunities To Add Amenities:
The sky’s the limit regarding what you can do with a screened-in porch. You can install a ceiling fan to keep things cool on hot days. You can also add an outdoor fireplace or heater to extend the use of your porch into the cooler months. And, if you want to go all out, you can install a TV and sound system to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining space. Screened-in porches offer a more enclosed and intimate feel, making them ideal for creating an indoor-outdoor living space packed with amenities.
Choosing Between An Open Porch Vs. An Enclosed Porch With Screens
There are pros and cons to both open porches and screened-in porches. It really comes down to personal preference and what you hope to get out of your porch.
How much of a priority is bug protection? If you have a hard time relaxing outdoors because of bugs, then a screened-in porch is likely the better option for you. Sure, there’s always the option of using bug spray, but it’s not always practical, and it can be a hassle to apply. Also, if there are a lot of bugs where you live, it might be unpleasant for your guests to keep using bug spray whenever they want to go outside.
Do you have other open spaces on your property, like a deck or patio? If you have another area where you can enjoy the outdoors out in the open, you won’t miss out by choosing a screened-in porch. In fact, you might find that having both an open and enclosed outdoor space is ideal. It gives you the best of both worlds – the option to bask in the sun or relax in peace without being bothered by bugs. However, suppose your property lacks open outdoor living spaces. In that case, you may miss out on the “open air” experience by choosing a screened-in porch.
Conclusion: Are Screened In Porches Worth It?
Screen rooms are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by bugs. They’re also more usable throughout the year and tend to stay cleaner. However, you won’t get the same “open air” feel as with an open porch.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether the pros of a screened-in porch outweigh the cons. A screened-in porch is definitely worth it if you value bug-free relaxation time outdoors!
The outdoor living specialists at KP Contracting are available to assist Maryland residents in building the porches of their dreams. We would be pleased to enhance your backyard with one of these stunning structures. So call us now or fill out this form to receive an estimate to get going!
Phil Parsons is an owner at KP Contracting with 20-years’ experience in custom remodeling and the development of outdoor living spaces that bring friends and family together. He is a degreed engineer, and his work has been featured on HGTV.