Are you looking to expand your outdoor living space but aren’t sure whether to add a screened-in porch or a sunroom? There are advantages to having a new sunroom in Maryland, especially during the warmer months. But there are also advantages to having a new screened-in porch as well. Let’s take a closer look at what the major differences are between the two to find out which one is right for you. 

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Screened-in porches and sunrooms are similar in design, but with a few key design differences. Screened-in porches are built using fiberglass that allows people who are using the room to feel the breeze. While this provides you with , they are still protected from other things such as bugs and debris. 

Sunrooms have lots of windows that are constructed using glass that intensifies the sun rays that enter into the room. This allows users of the room to be protected from the elements such as rain, wind, and snow. The types of windows/screening used in construction are what ultimately distinguishes a screen-in porch and a sunroom. 


When considering which one is right for you, take into consideration what you want to use this space for and when you want to use it. A screened-in porch is best for you if you’re looking to:

  • Use it during the warmer months
  • Have weather-proof furniture
  • Enjoy the breeze 

A sunroom, another great choice, is best for people who: 

  • Want to use it year-round 
  • Want to put in more delicate furniture
  • Want to be protected from the elements


Costs for constructing these two outdoor living spaces vary. If you’re looking to have a professional contractor build a brand new screened-in porch, you’re looking at spending anywhere from $10,00 to $30,000. This price is largely determined by size, material, and geographical location. If you already have a porch and want to enclose it, it may be a little less.

A brand new sunroom in Maryland will cost anywhere from $10,000 to $70,000. They’re more expensive to build because of additional features such as insulation and heating. Converting an open porch to a sunroom may be less expensive. 


Ready to Expand Your Outdoor Living Space?

Have you made a decision yet? Do you see yourself enjoying the breeze in your new screened-in porch or do you see yourself in your sunroom watching the rain fall? Whichever one you choose, North American Deck and Patio is here to build it. We’re a Maryland porch and sunroom builder that can make your dream outdoor living space into a reality. Call or contact us today! 

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