Installing a porch awning or screened-in porch is an incredible way to enhance your porch’s environment, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors more comfortably, protect your porch’s furniture, and enhance the value of your home. For some people, an awning is all they need to enjoy their porch more. But others prefer to make a bigger investment and convert their standard porch to a screened-in porch that can be enjoyed in nearly every season of the year.
A porch awning is a nice layer of protection to keep you from exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful UV rays, or precipitation, but when it isn’t warm enough out, most people don’t bother to go on their porch because they would be more comfortable inside. With a screened-in porch, you can place glass panels over the screens when it starts to get cool outside, keeping your living space warmer and cozier. You can also install skylights so that the sun will continually shine inside, providing a source of natural light and warmth.
If you want to take your porch to an even further level, you can install a heating or cooling system into it. With this system, you will be able to stay warm on your porch and enjoy a nice view of your yard even when it is snowing in the winter. This will increase your electricity bill, however, so be sure that you are willing to pay a higher utility bill as a result of this.
If you have a patio rather than a porch, it is still possible to convert it into a three season’s room, or screened-in-patio, if you want to call it. The only extra work would be replacing the patio flooring with something more suitable for a porch, like carpet. These rooms help to bring the outdoors into your home while protecting your furniture and keeping you comfortable as if you were sitting in your living room.