We all enjoy finding new ways to enjoy our home. Most of us enjoy sitting outside enjoying the warm, admiring snowfall or even relaxing to the sound of rain. Having an add-on to our homes that gives us the option to sit in an area with lots of natural light and plenty of outdoors to see, is a great option. For those exploring this idea, there are a few options to choose from. We explain the difference between a screened porch and enclosed porch to help you pick the one that best fits your home.

Screened Porch versus Enclosed Porch

The main difference between a screened porch and an enclosed porch (or sunroom) is that the screened porch allows air to come through while keeping the bugs out. An enclosed porch is surrounded by glass windows. It is enclosed because it has air conditioning or heating set up with it for the summer and winter months.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both options and different families may find that one fits their list of priorities more than the other.

A screened porch is great for those who are looking to enjoy the outdoors over the warmer months without having to worry about debris or bugs ruining your time. If you are wanting to use it in the fall or winter, you’ll need to be conscious of the temperatures. Since a screened porch functions outside in Mother Nature, you can expect more maintenance throughout the year.

An enclosed porch, or sunroom, is a great return on investment and can be used year-round.  These usually have insulation, large windows, and can function as a second living room. However, these are more costly to build than enclosed porches. Think of it is an extra room that allows plenty of natural light in your home rather than just an outdoor porch for enjoyment.

Evaluate Your Needs

If you are trying to decide which porch to add onto your home, you can use the following factors to consider which option works best for you.


If you are the type that enjoys feeling the cool air in the morning and being outside, a screened porch is a good option for you. If you would rather stick to admiring the outdoors in a temperature-controlled space, go with the enclosed porch which can be used for all seasons.


Enclosed porches are typically more expensive to build than screened porches. This is because they require more materials and time to build. Someone that is looking for a budget-friendly option, may choose to go with a screened porch.

Property Value

Since enclosed porches can be used all throughout the year, this helps boost your home’s property value more than a screened porch would. However, screened porches are still highly valued, especially if you have a great view.

Looking for a Professional in Johns Creek, Georgia?

Yanover Painting and Remodeling can do more than just painting. We are experts at building quality decks and porches that last. Knowing what works for your home can be tricky, but we’re here to walk you through each step.  To learn more about our quality outdoor structures or other services like our exterior painting options or get a free consultation, call 678-398-4613 or visit www.yanoverpainting.com.  We service Atlanta and the surrounding areas.