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

Natural Light

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.


Curb Appeal

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. 


Extra Space

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. 


Permit Required

Virtually every deck project requires a permit. Waiting for a permit can sometimes delay your build and increase labor costs.


Weight Restrictions

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. 

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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Howard County Deck and Patio: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)

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