As the warmer weather finally descends and we say goodbye to another winter, you’re probably looking forward to spending a little more time outside. Spending time in your backyard can be lovely. But bugs and dirt can sometimes make the experience less than great, or even dangerous.
That’s why so many homes invest in a screened in back porch, which
can provide the joys of the outdoors with the creature comforts of
inside. Outdoor spaces can require so much upkeep and sweeping that can
be solved by converting them into enclosed spaces.
On top of all of this, creating a porch enclosure can even increase the value of your home. Read on, and we’ll tell you all about the financial benefits of a porch enclosure.
Benefits Of A Screened In Porch
Screening in your back porch can be a wonderful change to your home.
Previous to this move, your back porch was probably a nice play to hang
out. But it was also probably frequently dirty or privy to mosquitos. It
wouldn’t be a place that you’d host a nice casual dinner, for example.
With a screened in porch enclosure, you can change that. Screening in
a porch brings all the cleanliness and comfort of a normal room to your
outside area. And with modern screens being almost see-through, you
won’t be compromising the views or overall mood of your backyard.
Working outside in your new enclosure can even increase your productivity.
It also means you won’t have to deal with rain or wind
interrupting your plans. You can extend the season and enjoy your home
without having to stress about unpredictable weather.
There are many different kinds of porch enclosures you can invest in
depending on your preference and budget. Screen rooms are the most
affordable, but you may also be interested in investing in a three
season room or a solarium with glass windows.
Three season rooms offering beautiful glass finishing and offer all
the benefits of a standard porch enclosure. Four season rooms and
solariums go a step further and are engineered to be heated or cooled
like the rest of your home.
This means you can use them in even the coldest months of the year to
spend some comfortable time outside. Glass enclosures offer the best
views of the outdoor world and could be perfect for your back porch
Why It’s Well Worth The Investment
Improvements made to the backyard of your home are some of the best homeowner investments you can make.
Porch enclosures and sunrooms have a typical 72% return on investment, which is a staggering amount. Some professionals have even estimated it at eight to ninety percent.
Why? A porch enclosure adds square footage to your home while adding
character and curb appeal. It adds a timelessly classy element and will
get future buyers excited about your home. It also feels ‘different’
than the other rooms in your home, adding something new and unique that
your home has to offer.
Unlike paying for a totally new walled in room, the costs of
screening in a porch area are relatively low. Usually, these costs fall
below $30,000, allowing a greater opportunity for homeowners to see a
great return in investment down the line.
Even though it’s cheaper than adding a new room to your house, it
actually will likely bring in a higher ROI than a new den or bonus room
Ways To Increase Your ROI
Proper planning or your porch enclosure can help to set you up for
success down the line. If you want to increase your odds of having a
high return on investment, there are a few steps you can take in
designing your porch enclosure.
For one, keep things simple. What people appreciate about these
spaces is what e listed above: they allow clean access to the outdoors,
they protect from bugs, and they offer a unique space in the home.
Any other benefits are likely to have diminishing returns. Adding
expensive bells and whistles isn’t likely to add much overall value to
the room, and will probably only serve to drive up your front-end
If you have an amazing idea for what your screened in porch area
should be, by all means, go for it. But keeping things simple will give
you the best chance for success down the line.
Another way to keep your return on investment high is to avoid
electrical work. Adding new lighting and features to your back porch can
be quite expensive. It’s likely that you’ll want to enjoy the natural
light most times your on your back porch, so you can probably skip this
extra wiring headache.
And of course, consider your location when investing in a screened in
porch. If you live in a part of the country that has year-round cold
weather, you’re less likely to see the value of your home rise than if
you live somewhere with many comfortably warm months.
Investing In A New Porch Enclosure
If you don’t spend as much time in your backyard as you’d like, a porch enclosure might be the perfect fix.
And luckily for you, such an improvement to your home is one of the
best moves you can make for your home’s overall value. If you follow
some of our tips above, you can see a great return on investment from
your porch enclosure in the future.
Have more questions about the perfect porch enclosure? Feel free to contact us anytime with questions.