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Screened-in Porches vs. Three-Season and Four-season Rooms: What Are the Differences?

If you're looking to add on to your house, you've got so many different options. You could choose to build a full-on addition, but you might also be considering a screened-in porch or a three-season sunroom.

And if you're deciding between a screened-in porch or four-season room, you might be wondering what the difference even is between the two. Let's take a look at all the options and see what might be the best one for your home.

The Differences Between Four-season Rooms, Three-Season Rooms, and Screened-in Porches

What Are Screened-in Porches?

Let's start with screened-in porches. Essentially, this is simply a roofed structure with a screened enclosure, making it susceptible to the elements. During a Northeast Ohio spring, summer, and fall (mostly), a screened-in porch makes for an amazing space. What better way to enjoy a thunderstorm or a beautiful sunset than by sitting out on your covered porch?

That being said - especially in the Cleveland area - a screened-in porch doesn't have the same utility in the winter months. That is, unless you want to use the porch to keep your drinks cool. If you're looking for a space that makes sense all year long, you might be looking at a three-season or four-season room.

What Are Three-season Rooms?

Though a three-season room is a step up from a screened-in porch in terms of the complexity of its design and build, it still won't provide you with much protection against extreme heat and cold. As the name suggests, three-season rooms aren't fully insulated like a true addition would be, making them susceptible to more extreme temperatures.

A three-season room still provides plenty of benefits to Northeast Ohio homeowners, as it expands your living space in a versatile way and can be a more affordable choice than other home addition options. Three-season rooms also make great areas for plant lovers, as the humidity of a space like this in the summer essentially gives you a functional green room to work with.

And hey, if we're talking about hanging out here in the winter, that's what space heaters are for, right?

What Are Four-season Rooms?

A four-season room sounds exactly like a home addition and, well, it pretty much is. These sunrooms, insulated and enclosed with glass, are designed to be functional all year long in any climate. With some sort of climate control or HVAC system as part of its design and construction, a four-season room will typically end up being the most expensive option of these three rooms being discussed.

Though every project is different, a screened-in porch will typically be the cheaper option of the three. But ultimately, everything depends on your own personal preferences and how you plan to utilize the space. Are you looking for more of a summer space where you can maybe enjoy a Northeast Ohio thunderstorm through a screen? Or do you want a more versatile space, perhaps another place where the family can stretch out during those seemingly endless Cleveland winters?

Whatever you ultimately decide, Marks Building Co. will be there to help you turn your dream into a reality. For more than 35 years, we have been doing home renovation and remodeling projects just like these for families throughout the greater Cleveland region. If you're thinking about adding a screened-in porch, three-season room, or four-season room to your own home, give us a call today for a free quote. We look forward to working with you!

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