3 Season Room vs Screened Porch

One of the surest ways to increase the curb appeal and real estate value of your is to expand your usable living space outwards. From screened-in porches to waterproof patio spaces and backyard pergola builds, making the most of your outdoor space can help your family grow together.

DIY builders and homeowners are choosing to install an underdeck drainage system to create a dry, lower-level patio, setting patio pavers out to enlarge the ground space, or mounting a deck screen system to create a screened-in porch or 3 season room. There are so many options to expand your home without construction.

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Gain a three-season room to enjoy the sunny days well into fall or a screened porch to avoid pesky bugs! But what exactly is the difference between the two? Let's clear it up!

What's the Difference Between a Screened Porch and a Three Season Room?

Often used interchangeably, there's actually quite a notable difference between a screened-in porch and a a 3 season room. Read more to learn the structural difference between the two and find out which one is the best fit for your outdoor living space!

What is a Screened-In Porch?

A screened-in porch is an outdoor space that is connected to your home, covered by a roof, and enclosed by screens. The ceiling protects guests from the harmful UV rays of the hot summer sun, a damp afternoon due to a quick rainshower, or the dropping autumn leaves. The deck screens allow you to enjoy fresh breezes while keeping out unwanted pests and insects.

Screened porches provide a comfortable place to enjoy the soothing sights, sounds, and scents of outdoor living, while providing the most open and unblocked views of the yard beyond.

What is a 3 Season Room?

A 3 season room is essentially a basic screened-in porch with the addition of glass or vinyl windows over your deck screens. Three-season rooms can also use structural walls between the deck screens. Beautiful glass or vinyl windows allow you to essentially close your porch during any unpleasant weather, cold seasons, or dreaded springtime pollen.

With cozy walls and possibly a small space heater or outdoor fireplace, a 3-season room can be enjoyed earlier in the spring and later into the fall, even reaching into those mild early winter days, depending on where you live. If you're lucky enough, your 3-season room can even act as a four season room!

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