If you're looking to add a porch to your home or upgrading an existing porch, then you can choose one with or without a screen. Each has its own merits, but both also have a few drawbacks. Here is more information about the two types of porches and how they may or may not work for you.

Pros of Screened Porches

The biggest pro of a screened porch is you can be outdoors without insects bothering you. You can enjoy the fresh air and natural ambiance of sitting outside but with extra protection. Screens also help people with outdoor allergens. Screened porches also protect your porch furniture and electronics from the elements. You can put a television out without worrying about weather damage, for example. The screens keep out debris and dust, making the porch easier to keep clean.

Cons of Screened Porches

The screens and curtains of these types of porches need maintenance. How much maintenance depends on the style and material you choose. Screens can become dirty and torn, so they may need cleaning and replacement from time to time. The maintenance and building costs are usually higher with screened porches compared to open porches. Some people feel the screens unnecessarily block views or darken the porch.

Pros of Open Porches

Open porches have excellent airflow and visibility. They are especially good in areas with pleasant natural views like spectacular sunsets or wildlife watching. Many people like the openness of these types of porches and feel they're friendlier. Open porches are fairly simple and don't require much maintenance. These porches are usually cost-friendly because you won't have to maintain or replace damaged screens.

Cons of Open Porches

Open porches offer less protection from the elements. This lack of protection limits what types of furniture and accessories you can put out on it. If you live in a four-season climate, your porch won't be comfortable during the winter months. You also get less protection from insects and allergens during the warmer seasons. While open porches offer unrestricted views, they don't protect you from viewing unpleasant neighbor activities, construction, and traffic.

When choosing a porch style, consider what you want the most and what would bother you the most. Also, be sure to pick a porch type that complements your home's style. You may find that one type works better for you than the other. If you are in the market for a new porch, talk to a porch builder about the different styles and amenities available to you.