Should I Build an Outdoor Deck or Three-Season Porch -

Many homeowners who choose to invest in an outdoor deck or porch soon find that it becomes one of the most beloved parts of their home. Which, though, is the best option for you and your family? An outdoor deck is great for its ability to create livable space in your back or side yard, while a three-season porch can be more versatile in inclement weather.

There are plenty of pros and cons to each of these options, and ultimately the one you choose will depend on your region, preferences, and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the key factors you should take into consideration with each.

Outdoor Deck

Outdoor decks are a great way to create livable space outside. Whether grilling with friends and family, or lounging with a good book, homeowners find that their decks get the most use in summer and fall months. One perk of building a deck is that it can be a relatively easy project to construct. With lots of options as far as size, shape, and materials go, there is a perfect deck to match every location and budget.

The obvious downside to a deck is that unless it’s covered, you likely won’t use it unless the weather is perfect. Hot humid days or summer rainstorms can interrupt time spent on your deck. Because they are exposed to the elements, outdoor decks often need a fair deal of maintenance. You’ll want to get your deck refinished every few years in order to keep it looking its best.

Three-season Porch

As the name implies, a three-season porch will likely get more use than an outdoor deck over the course of the year. Since it is covered and has screened windows, you can enjoy the comfort of a three-season porch even when there is heavy rain, or when temperatures are cooler than you would want for sitting outside.

The downside to a three-season porch is that it can be a bit more involved of a construction project. As it will need to include a roof, more planning, materials, and building expertise tend to be involved. While some homeowners choose to take on building a deck on their own, a screened porch is a project that definitely needs to be undertaken by a professional.

Finding a Qualified Deck Specialist

Regardless of which of these two options you want to add on to your home, your best bet is to hire a qualified pro who can help with the planning and construction of your new addition. A specialist can also provide you with help in deciding which choice makes the most sense given your lifestyle and budget.

Ask around with friends and neighbors to find a qualified outdoor deck specialist near you. Make sure to have a clear idea of what you want to build before getting quotes from multiple contractors. Finding the right person for the job will ensure that your construction process is easy and your final product is just what you want!

Client Testimonials

J.Widener from Newton, NJ

“Outstanding team. Very impressed with the whole process and the most with my new beautiful deck!”

S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

“The deck looks FANTASTIC. I still can’t believe that Deck Guardian was able to resurface my old, ugly deck. Our neighbors have stopped by to comment on how great the deck looks. The attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism set this company apart. I highly recommend Deck Guardian!”

M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

“When I came home yesterday, I could not believe how amazing my newly resurfaced deck looked. Crew did an amazing job. It was also a pleasure to work with your salesperson, very professional and knowledgeable!”

S.Smith from Chester Township, NJ

“I’m completely impressed. I have dealt with my share of contractors as I have been updating my home for several years. Deck Guardian gets the gold medal. Deck Guardian restored my 10 year old deck & fence to a brand new condition. I am amazed!”

P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

“Deck Guardian Team did a good and pleasant job to give us a professional service and a beautiful new deck, without replacing it. We love the color and the way it feels like. Highly recommended!”

Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

Jessica Ravitz from Skillman, NJ

“Deck Guardian completed an amazing deck replacement project for us in less than 2 weeks after we signed our contract. Not only did they provide an extremely competitive price, we got a beautiful deck that so greatly exceeded our expectations! Everyone at Deck Guardian is wonderful – from the estimator, the crew and the administrative staff – very friendly, professional, meticulous and hard working. We are so pleased and give the highest recommendation!!! Thank you Deck Guardian!”

Paul Cichello from Bridgewater, NJ

“I contacted Deck Guardian and was given an estimate the very next day. The representative was very knowledgeable and fair. The workers were polite and professional. We are satisfied with our new deck and would recommend Deck Guardian to anyone who wants quality work.”