When planning improvements to your home, you have a few different options when it comes to the exterior. One of the most common decisions homeowners have to make is whether to build a porch or a deck. So how do you choose? Use our comparison below to differentiate the two and find out which will better suit your needs.


Advantages and disadvantages of a porch:


  • Many materials to choose from
  • Less maintenance than a deck
  • Covered and protected from the elements
  • Enhances curb appeal


  • Not as child/pet safe as a deck
  • Not as functional or multi-use as a deck
  • Little to no ROI
  • Costly to install

Aspects/Requirements of a Porch

Purpose: Relaxation, reception area, curb appeal, property surveillance

Location: Porches are typically located at the front of the home as an addition to the entryway, but they can also be built on the side of the home.

Flooring: Cement, composite, vinyl, stone

Installation: The installation process is similar to that of a deck, with one exception: Porches have a roof and are partially enclosed.

Maintenance: Porches require less maintenance than decks since they are covered. A wood porch should be stained every 4-5 years.

Durability: A porch will hold up better in the long-term due to less exposure to the elements.

Insects: If made of lumber, porches are susceptible to wood-boring insects. A screen can be installed to keep some pests out.

Costs: $16,000-$30,000

Resale Value: Though a new porch doesn’t often raise the value of your home, it adds curb appeal which can help maintain the home’s current value.


Advantages and disadvantages of a deck:


  • Multi-use + high functionality
  • Significant ROI
  • Enhances outdoor living space
  • Less expensive to install


  • Higher maintenance than a porch
  • No protection from the elements
  • Susceptible to outdoor pests
  • Waterproofing may be required

Aspects/Requirements of a Deck

Location: Decks are almost always located at the back of the home.

Purpose: Recreation, relaxation, entertainment, dining, cooking, sunbathing

Flooring: Pressure-treated lumber, composite, vinyl

Installation: A deck is constructed similarly to a porch, except for the fact that it is completely open and has no solid roof or cover.

Maintenance: Wood decks need to be washed annually and should be stained every 2 years. Fiber cement and modified wood are low-maintenance materials that can be used for deck flooring.

Durability: Decks are exposed to excessive heat, snow, ice, and rain throughout the year, making them less durable than covered porches.

Insects: Since decks are often constructed with pressure-treated lumber, they are susceptible to termites, carpenter ants, and bees.

Costs: $7,000-$23,000

Resale Value: Composite and wood decks have proven successful in raising the resale value of the home.

Looking to talk with a professional about building a new deck in Anne Arundel County? North American Deck & Patio is here for you! Contact us today to get started.

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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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