Should one have a screened in porch or an opened porch

Posted July 19, 2023 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Should one have a screened in porch or an opened porch 


When the sun is shining, temperature is high, and there isn't a cloud in the sky, sitting on a porch can be a luxury for someone to catch some fresh air and see all of the natural outdoor scenery. Enjoying the luxury of a porch is one of life's greatest pleasures. However, when it comes to deciding what is right for the home, it can be a challenge. 


When it comes to choosing a porch, there is one big thing that should be taken into consideration. This question consists of: Should I have a screened in porch or an opened porch? Both options will bring unique benefits to the home. To choose which choice is best, our porch experts at Sierra Structures have come up with a list of pros and cons to help weigh out each option.  


Screened in and opened porch pros and cons: 


The Pros of a screened in porch:  

It keeps bugs out  

It stays cleaner  

No one has to worry about critters or small animals 

It can be enjoyed throughout the year 


The Cons of a screened in porch: 

The screens can block the view of nature 

It costs more to build 


The pros of an open porch: 

More affordable to build 

There is more of a view 

Not much maintenance required 


The cons of an open porch: 

It’s affected more by elements 

There are more unpleasant sights and sounds 

There is no protection from allergens 


No matter if one decides to have a screened in or opened porch built, both come with their own pros and cons. With the help of the building professionals from Sierra Structures, they can help bring one's porch dreams to life. They offer a variety of porches from screened in to opened.  

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