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Benefits of a Screened-In Porch Installation

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Benefits of a Screened-In Porch Installation

A screened porch attached to your home can be the ideal spot for you and your family to enjoy while lazing away the days of summer. With a roof over the porch, you won’t have any worries about overexposure to the sun. The screens also allow pleasant fresh air into the porch without letting the insects in to bother and pester you.


Once you realize all the important benefits of a screened-in porch, you may decide to push this project to the top of your home-improvement work list. Don’t let another summer go by without creating this relaxing and enjoyable family spot.

  1. 1.Style of Build

    Depending on the style of your home, you’ve got plenty of options for designing and building your screened-in porch. Generally, screened porches feature wood framing that supports the screen panels. The wood framing is an integral part of the screened porch design, so you have the option of keeping it simple or making it more formal and finished. A screened porch also features a roof overhead to shelter occupants from the elements. You might opt for a chair-rail structure between vertical wood framing to provide more strength and structure to the screened walls. The most important element of the screened-in porch are the screen panels themselves. After all, the whole purpose of the porch is to provide you with an unobstructed view of the great outdoors.

  2. 2.Great for Entertaining

    With a screened porch built onto your home, you suddenly have new and innovative opportunities for entertaining without worrying about invading insects or uncooperative weather. The furnishings on the porch can be comfortable enough for guests to enjoy for a satisfying visit. Wicker or rattan furniture with plump and cozy cushions and throw pillows can form a cheerful conversation nook where everyone can gather.


    With enough space on the porch, you can also add a casual dining table, chairs and even a coordinating sideboard for dining pleasure. Don’t forget to add an informal chandelier over the dining table and perhaps a ceiling fan over the seating area for added comfort and illumination.


    Situate a grill just outside the porch door and you have a convenient spot for cooking delicious foods to serve to guests on the porch.

  3. 3.Additional Space

    Not only would a screened-in porch provide enjoyable entertaining possibilities, but you can enjoy the additional floor space as well. The extra room for spreading out can turn a cramped home into a more spacious abode during the summer months. You might use the screened porch for hobbies, dining, visiting and just hanging out with a cup of coffee and a good book. The natural setting and sounds that surround you when using the porch can be relaxing and rejuvenating.

  4. 4.Natural Lighting

    With the near-outdoor location of a screened-in porch, you can enjoy an increased amount of natural lighting. Even so, you might determine that you’d enjoy even more natural lighting with the installation of skylights in the porch roof. The skylights work effectively by allowing natural light to flood the porch for a heightened outdoor experience.

  5. 5.Expand the Seasons

    With screened panels, your porch will only stay as comfortable as the temperatures outdoors. You can increase the time you’re able to use your porch if you construct additional panels for use in place of the screens during cooler weather. With plexiglass panels, suddenly your summer porch becomes a three-season porch that stays comfortable during the cooler spring and autumn months.


    With consideration of these basic benefits of a screened-in porch, you may wonder why you haven’t constructed a porch before. The opportunities for enjoyment of your new porch should make all the work and effort worth it. Don’t forget to drop by Pro Referral for additional design ideas and building tips as you plan your project.

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