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Choosing Between A Sunroom And A Screened Porch

by Ryan Wright

If you have decided to add more usable space to your home by installing a screened porch or sunroom, then you need to choose which option will work best for your needs and your local climate. To this end, here is some information on each option to help you make this important decision:

Sunroom vs. Screened Porch Construction

While many people use the terms sunroom and screened porch interchangeably for a home addition where you can enjoy the outside space and avoid insects, the two terms actually refer to different types of structures. A sunroom has a solid structure with windows that can be opened in nice weather.

A screened porch is made with a wood or metal frame and metal screen for walls. Obviously, a sunroom is more expensive to construct than a screened porch, but it is also much more functional in a wider variety of climates.

Climate Considerations for a Sunroom vs. Screened Porch

Since sunrooms are contained spaces, they are usable during all four seasons. In the spring and fall seasons, the sunroom will be cool in the mornings and warmer in the evenings due to passive heating from the sun. During the winter, the sunroom will stay cold and will need a heat source to make it more usable. And, during the summertime, your new sunroom will need to be cooled or it will become oppressively hot.

Screened porches are not able to be utilized when it is cold, windy, or raining. The screen does not provide protection from any of these elements, making screened porches best suited for mild climates without a lot of annual rainfall, excessive winds, or cold temperatures. 

Sunroom vs. Screened Porch Usage and Cost Considerations

If you are simply looking to add some outdoor space to enjoy in the summer months, then a screened porch is the answer. They are lower cost and do not have the additional monthly costs for heating and cooling that a sunroom does. However, if you are looking to add space that can be used all year long and expand the square footage of your house, then a sunroom will work the best.

Finally, if you are considering selling your home in the near future, then you need to understand that a screened porch is often seen as a liability to potential buyers, while a sunroom is seen as a quality addition to the living space. The lack of protection from the elements makes screened porches much more likely to need regular maintenance and repairs that sunrooms do not need.

To learn more about screen enclosures, contact a company like Mullet's Aluminum Products Inc