Decks can be great spaces for entertaining, relaxing, or spending time with family, but something that can greatly improve the usability of your space is creating a screened-in porch. Decks alone work well for warmer, milder weather, but a screened-in porch can give you added use from the same space.
When a storm hits, you probably don’t want to be standing directly in the driving rain. When the sun is glaring down midday, but you’re already sunburned, you don’t want to be laying out on a beach towel. When it’s unusually windy, you probably can’t keep a hat on or a book turned to the right page. A sheltered area on your deck can solve all of these problems. The roof and screens can protect you from a large amount of weather, whether rain, wind, or shine.
Screened-in porches also add a fair amount of privacy to your outdoor living experience. Screens alone work well enough, but you can also add curtains or blinds to make the space feel like an extension of the inside of your home. Additionally, screens keep the critters out. Fewer flies will be buzzing around your food and other pests won’t be able to wander into family dinner unexpectedly.
In addition to a roof to give you shade and shelter, your screened-in porch or three-seasons room can get you through those chilly autumn mornings and evenings with something as simple as a heater or fireplace. You can also install fans to keep the air flowing when the weather turns unbearably hot.
A screened-in porch offers many advantages, but overall, it all culminates in the ability to enjoy your deck more days of the year. With protection from the elements, added privacy, and the ability to control how comfortable it is, a screened-in porch is a great, long-lasting investment for your home and family.