Kinds of Porches

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Kinds of Porches
An open front porch is one of the more common types of porches. (front porch image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.com)

Homeowners often enjoy the additional space that a porch provides to their home. Porches also allow families to enjoy the outdoors without having to brave the blazing sun or misty rain. If you are thinking about adding a porch to your home, there are several types to consider. The style that is best for your home will largely depend on where you plan to place it and how many months of the year you would like to use it.

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Open Porch

One of the most common types of porches is the open porch. This style features a roof built over a patio or deck. The roof is supported by large columns, but the area is not screened at all so the porch is open to the elements. However, open porches typically provide a great deal of shade, making them a cool spot to enjoy the outdoors during the spring and summer. Open porches are often located at the front of a home, but some are found at the back as well. They are often raised with steps that lead up toward the home so they may provide better views of the surrounding neighbourhood. Smaller open front porches are known as front entry porches, and are usually only large enough to shield arriving guests from inclement weather.

Screened-In Porch

For homeowners who want to enjoy the outdoors but do not want to deal with rain or insects, a screened-in porch is an ideal option. Screened-in porches are typically located at the back of the house, so they provide views of the backyard and surrounding area. These porches may be designed with a variety of elements, including skylights and cathedral ceilings. Usually, homeowners take cues from their house's design when building a screened-in porch since it is an extension of that space.

Wraparound Porch

Wraparound porches are a type of open porch, but unlike a front or back porch which spans only one side of the house, wraparound porches curve around a portion of the home. As a result, they typically cover two sides of the house. Also known as country-style porches, these porches are ideal for swings or rocking chairs because they are usually quite wide. In terms of style, wraparound porches are usually fairly simple and do not sport decorative trim or balusters.

Three Season Porch

For homeowners who enjoy the idea of a screened-in porch but want to be able to use it beyond the spring and summer, a three season porch may be an ideal option. Three season porches are similar to screened-in porches because they block rain and insects. However, instead of simple screens, three season porches utilise removable acrylic panels or sliding glass windows that help keep the porch area protected against wind and cooler temperatures. Some of these porches feature ceiling and knee-wall insulation to provide additional warmth. Location is crucial when adding a three season porch to a home because it should face south so it will receive the most sun and additional warmth is generated for the space. During warmer months, however, the glass panels may be replaced by screens to cool off the porch area.

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