Summer is almost here, and if you’re like thousands of other homeowners, you’re thinking of ways to expand your outdoor living space. You have plenty of options, but two of the most talked-about outdoor living spaces are a porch and a deck. Both have their pros and cons, so it’s up to you to determine which one works best for you and your home. Check out some of the pros and cons that come with each kind of outdoor living space.
Pros of a Porch
No matter if you have a traditionally styled porch, a screened-in porch, or a porch built from glass panels, you will always have plenty of natural light. And since porches are covered, you will be able to enjoy natural light without enduring the inconvenience of weather changes.
Porches add curb appeal to virtually every home. Even if you build a seemingly boring porch you can dress it up with fun and decorative furniture.
Porches are a great way to add extra space to your home. It’s almost like an extended living room since you can use your porch to do things like welcome guests, read, and even store things.
Cons of a Porch
Since your porch is likely the first thing people encounter before entering your home, it’s prone to staining. Dirt and debris can accumulate on the porch and cause unwanted stains.
Expensive to Install
A large custom screened-in porch can be expensive. Expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 for your new porch.
For homes in Maryland, porches can sometimes pose a safety hazard. Porches can get water damage and make it hazardous to walk on. Regular maintenance is the only way to avoid this potential problem.
Pros of a Deck
Easy to Customize
Decks come in many shapes, sizes, and materials. One of the best things about opting for a deck is the endless design possibilities.
Increase Home Value
A well-designed deck can boost the value of your home. This is especially true for composite decks that are easier to maintain and doesn’t require frequent replacing.
A Place to Entertain
Decks are ideal for entertaining. Use it to hang out with friends, catch up with family, or throw the ultimate summer backyard party.
Cons of a Deck
Sometimes decks can be harder to maintain than porches. This is especially true if you opt for a wooden deck.
Virtually every deck project requires a permit. Waiting for a permit can sometimes delay your build and increase labor costs.
If you want to include additional accessories to your deck, like a kitchen or hot tub, you may need to reinforce your deck to ensure that it can withstand the additional weight.
Get Help From the Pros
Have you decided which one is right for you? The experts at North American Deck and Patio can help! We’ve been helping homeowners transform their backyards for over 15 years and can help with whichever outdoor living space you decide on. Give us a call at 866.535.1961 today to speak to one of our experts.