If there’s one thing every homeowner is always on the move to accomplish, it is curb appeal.
Outdoor features such as decks and porches are one such improvement that enhances your home’s curb appeal. They are functional, attractive, and valuable.
While both are attached to your home leading directly to the outside, a porch is a covered front yard addition, while a deck is an open backyard addition.
Decks and porches are a lot more similar in so many ways and for this reason, a lot of people confuse them.
If you’re looking for a deck installation but you have no idea what makes it different from a porch, we’ve got you covered.
Deck and porch building: what makes the difference
As we mentioned before, decks and porches are very similar but there are some differences that set them apart.
1. The purpose they serve
We said decks are usually located at the back of a home. They are included in your landscaping to complement a patio, pool area, or outdoor kitchen.
This means their main purpose is for recreation such as barbecuing, sunbathing, relaxing, and entertainment.
Porches on the other side are usually a great addition to your entryway. They may be used for watching street activities and welcoming space for guests.
2. Installation and design
Being very similar the installation as well is almost the same.
However, deck and porch building designs are different; the porch has a roof and it is partially covered, while the deck is completely open.
This additional roofline makes the installation costs of a porch to be slightly higher than a deck installation.
3. The flooring
Decks and porches floors are usually made of pressure-treated wood.
The difference is a porch flooring usually has a more finished look. It’s not exposed to weather elements as the deck and so the composite floor will not be super-heated as in the case of decks.
And generally, because decks are more exposed to the elements, they may have a shorter lifespan and require more maintenance as compared to porches.
Both decks and porches have a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal. But, because a porch is an extension to the front of a home, it has the biggest impact.
For this reason, porches should blend seamlessly with the home architecture making your home aesthetics more conspicuous.
Hopefully, these differences help you make a decision.