Deck vs Porch For Your Next Home Improvement Project In Harford County

Here Are Some Things To Think About Before Choosing A Deck Porch For Your Home

Smaller back deck with step lights

When it comes to deck vs porch, one of the main differences is porches have a roof while decks are uncovered. There’s more than that though!

Discover the rest below-

Which Is Best For Us?

“When choosing deck vs porch? I’m not totally sure,” says John.

Heather sighs. “Well, we need to find out. Either is great so long as we have an outdoor area to be with friends and family. They’re still being cautious about indoor activities.”

John nods understandingly. “Of course. It’ll still be a while, but starting now means it’ll be done sooner.” Heather shakes her shoulders a bit to try and relax them. “Ok, then let’s go ahead and look up the differences between decks and porches. Then we can go from there.”

John whips out his phone. “Google time?” Heather laughs a bit and nods. “Google time! This will also involve looking up deck building costs,” she reminds him.

Here’s what the couple finds out:

Deck vs Porch

Screened in porch

The main differences in decks vs porches are that porches are covered, enhance curb appeal, and are more expensive to build than decks. Decks, though, raise property value, have a higher ROI, and can include extras like fire pits and hot tubs.

Deck Pros And Cons

Decks are a great place for family time. You can sit around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and star gazing or trading stories from the day.

Raised deck with table and grill

The pros of decks are:

  • Can have additions added onto them
  • Aren’t very costly compared to porches
  • High return on investment
  • Raise the value of your property
  • Better for activities
  • Can be the second-story height

The cons of decks are:

  • Open to the elements

Porch Pros And Cons

Porches are wonderful places to spend your time. Rain or shine you can sit on a rocking chair with your cup of coffee and enjoy the scenery from the front of your home.

Front porch

The pros of porches are:

  • Protection from the weather
  • Improve curb appeal
  • Don’t take as much maintenance as decks

The cons of porches are:

  • Not a huge ROI
  • More expensive than decks

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“Sounds like a deck might be best for us seeing as how we want to entertain,” points out Heather. John smiles. “Just what I was thinking. Let’s see what else this blog has on decks.”

More deck building posts coming soon!

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