A porch is a small and low structure (with a roof) located at the main entrance of a building or house. It’s typically without a window (although newer variations may come with one) and can either be screened-in or enclosed to prevent unwanted access from insects and extremes in weather. In addition, some homes may have a three-season porch or sun porch. This may be situated by the side of the house and covered by the roof overhang - they’re usually screened in to offer good access all year round.
Generally, porches serve a wide range of purposes. They include:
• Provision of an outdoor living space to relax during the summer months
• It’s an informal extension of the the living room.
• It serves as a great place for social gatherings especially in small towns.
• You can take off your dirty shoes and dry a dripping wet dog before entering into your living room.
• It can be incorporated for relaxation purposes and watching street activities.
• It can serve as a reception area for guests.
• It can also be used for outdoor storage.
Pros & Cons Of A Porch
• Due to the fact that they’re covered, porches may require little maintenance practices.
• It can go a long way to improves the curb appeal of your property.
• It protects against the extremes of the weather.
• It can be constructed using a wide range of materials.
• It does not improve the use of the property
• It can be quite expensive to install depending of the material required as well as size of the porch.
• It does not add to the value of the home unlike several other home improvement projects
• It may not be safe to be used by a child or pet.