If you want to extend your home to the outside, then a screened porch is an excellent addition to your home. You might have an open porch on your home already that a knowledgeable contractor can enclose with screens, or you might want to build a completely new porch with screens. Most screened porches are attached to the back of a home, but you can also have one on the front or side of a building. Here are some of the great benefits from having a screened porch.
Keeping Insects Away From You
When you like to enjoy a breeze from outside, sitting on an open porch can lead to insect bites and stings. However, with a screened porch, you can keep mosquitoes, wasps and gnats away from you. You won’t need to spray chemicals around your porch to keep the flying insects from attacking you, leading to a more enjoyable experience while sitting outside your home.
Expanding Your Living Space
An enclosed porch with screens can expand your living space. On a hot summer night, you can use the space as a place to sleep by having a couch or bed in the room. You can also have a table and chairs on the screened porch so that you can enjoy a meal without worrying about any flies or ants. If you are entertaining, your guests can wander into the screened porch area to sit and relax.
Protection from Sunlight and Heat
Sitting on a regular porch will expose you to the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays and the sun’s intense heat. If you have a porch with screens, then it will also have a roof to protect you from the sunlight, and the space will also feel cooler. You can also install ceiling fans or an air conditioner on a screened porch that has windows that you can close.
Having More Privacy
If you want to sit outside without being noticed by others, then a screened porch is ideal. Window screens around a porch make it more difficult for neighbors or anyone passing by to see you while you are sitting in the space. With screens around the porch of your home, you will feel more secure.
Providing a Children’s Play Area
When you need additional space for children to play, a screened porch is a great idea. You might not want to leave your children alone outside in a backyard, but with a screened porch, you can have a door that is locked to keep your children inside.
Adding Value To Your Home
Adding a screened porch to your home will increase its value on the real estate market. If you decide to sell your home, then potential homebuyers are impressed when they see an enclosed porch on the building. Contact a professional home contractor to learn how easy it is to update your home’s current porch or to build a screened porch.