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Screen Porch Benefits and Construction

Screen porches have been around for a long time. That’s because they are a fine example of how a previously bland outdoor area can be turned into a wonder of your home space. This can be done by simply extending a part of the house to cover a portion of the yard or screening in an existing back porch.

These porches transform the outdoor environment into something of an indoor luxury with the use of a few materials. Read more to know about the benefits of screened porches.


First, a porch with a screen will prevent flying bugs and insects from ruining your day while you’re out on the porch. A porch without a screen is an open invitation for flying bugs and insects to enter, leaving you to chase them away or get bitten. A screen is the first line of defense from flying insects.

Next, the roof of the screen porch is great for blocking the hot sun in the summer while still allowing summer breezes to blow through. What’s more, if there’s a sudden summer shower, there’s no need to run inside. You can still sit on the screened patio and enjoy watching the rain.

The screened in porch is also a great place for relaxation. You can sit comfortably and look out at the nature in your backyard. Or just sit back, read, sew, sleep, or just do nothing – whatever you do to chill out.

Apart from just being a cozy version of the standard porch types, it too becomes an additional play area for the children. Therefore, even if it is raining outside, children can still have a place to play. And if you want the kids outside, but don’t want them wandering off, a screened porch provides a close, safe environment.

The screen porch also provides an excellent additional room for entertaining. As long as it’s not too cold, you can have friends or family over. You can cook on the grill in the yard and bring the food inside the porch to eat it, cutting down on bugs that interfere with enjoying your food. If you work out of your home, you can even hold business meetings on your porch.

Construction Considerations

If you already have a porch, you may just need to screen it in. But for constructing a screen porch you’ll need building plans and specifically selected building materials that make for a well-built screened patio. All materials should be chosen with careful attention to durability and your immediate natural environment.

The flooring for the deck should be made from solid hard materials to prevent cracking and provide weatherproofing. Typical decks are concrete or wood with a plywood flooring. Obviously, you will need a roof. These are typically either gable, hip, or shed style. You will need to build walls. These are usually wood or aluminum. Finally, you need screening. Many options are available here including aluminum, brass, copper, fiberglass, stainless steel, and vinyl coated polyester.

If you’re going to do the job yourself, consider purchasing one of the recommended books about building a screen porch.

Or, you can look for a reputable building contractor. Working with just any contractor can result in an underdone or ugly job that could lead to later difficulties.

And don’t forget your local laws and restrictions. Home additions, such as a new screened porch, typically require local permits. There may also be restrictions on size and location. You certainly don’t want to encroach on your neighbor’s property and have to then remove the entire porch.

Optional Accessories

Many different options are available for the modern screen porch.

Like any other room inside your house, it’s best to plan for electrical outlets. You may want to install some speakers for music or a lamp for light. Also, on some days the sun will be hot and there will be no breezes. With the appropriate electrical outlet you can install a ceiling fan to provide some moving air.

Some people even add skylights to the roof of their screen porch. In the winter, when there’s less sunlight, these can provide additional light.


A well-designed screen porch can be a valuable addition to your house. It provides many benefits and can add space as well as curb appeal when you’re ready to sell.

3 Comments on "Screen Porch Benefits and Construction"

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  1. tsanko says:

    Wonderful ..thanks a lot for posting a good informitive blog

  2. This is a great source of information on having a screened porch. I completely agree with all the insights shared in this post. There are really benefits to installing screens in our porches. It doesn’t only provide privacy and prevent flying bugs and insects but it will definitely add an aesthetic appeal to our home.

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