As the weather gets cooler are you looking for a little more ‘indoors’ in your outdoor spaces?

Screen Porch Over New Composite Deck by Archadeck

Screen Porch Over New Composite Deck by Archadeck

If so, then the ever-popular option of closing-in a deck might be the perfect solution for you.

Not only will a screened-in deck provide versatility, it is the epitome of a smart investment.

With a 70% return on investment, enclosing a deck will add functional living space right now, increase curb appeal and boost the resale value of your home when it comes time to sell.  Since ROI is area-specific, check with a local realtor.

Next, factor-in comfort and usability.

We don’t know about you, but most families will head to a campground for roughing-it; whereas, the great outdoors right outside your back door is best enjoyed as a comfortable extension of your home.  Style-wise the space can be designed to suit your personal preferences.

Screened Porch on Deck by Archadeck

Screened Porch on Deck by Archadeck

Traditional?

Contemporary?

Casual?

Rustic?

Whatever the style, there’s no need for an outdoor living space to be rugged!

Your family can reap the benefits of a screened space without weather worries or bothersome bugs, in style.

But what are the considerations for a deck converting to a screen porch?

Weight –  A porch is heavier than a deck because of the roof.  So the obvious question becomes, “Does the existing deck have adequate structural integrity to support a screen addition?”  If not, can the deck be ‘beefed up’ with more posts and piers?   Maybe.  Maybe not.

Roof and Ceiling – Which roof type will be compatible with your home’s existing roofline?  Shed?  Gable?  Hip?  And how about a ceiling finish?

Under Deck Screen Porch, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Under Deck Screen Porch, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

If you have an elevated deck that’s high enough off the ground, can a simple underdeck ceiling be used to screen in the area below the deck?  Probably.

For detailed information read, “Screen Porch Roofing Options” and Screen Porch Ceiling Options.

Floor and Rails – Deck floors are designed with small cracks between the planks; however, you may want to tighten up and ‘bug proof’ the floor for an enclosed structure.  And if your existing deck has railing, would you prefer to remove the rails in order to have a full screen?

Yes there ARE many considerations.  Nonetheless, it’s certainly worth exploring.

Key Takeaways

Homeowners can make the most of an existing deck with a screened porch conversion.  An outdoor room combats sweltering heat, downpours and bothersome mosquitoes.  Options include a complete or partial conversion on top of an existing deck or even below an elevated deck.

Because of structural and construction complications, hire a pro.  The cost can vary widely depending on many, many factors; however, the space will provide a significant return on investment.  Screened in decks appeal to everyone, of all ages and can be used nearly year-round.

Next Steps

Balcony Deck Converted To Screened Porch in St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Balcony Deck Converted To Screened Porch in St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

If you live in the St. Louis, Missouri area and are ready to talk to a contractor, please consider Archadeck.

We’re locally owned and operated with offices in West County, serving the Greater St. Louis region including St. Charles and parts of Illinois too.

You can call anytime, 636.227.0800 or submit a simple inquiry form, “How Can We Help?” from our website – west-county.archadeck.com.

If, however, you’re still in the exploring stage, check-out other articles here on the blog.  We also have a new Pinterest page filled with resources from all around the web.  And just this week, we launched a new Google+ page too.

If you reside outside of St. Louis, you can visit archadeck.com to find other locations, nationwide.

Sources:  Beautiful Backyard Blog, archadeck.com, The Garden Club – Home Depot, Better Homes and Gardens,  Between Naps on the Porch, HGTV, House Logic, Archadeck of Suburban Boston, Archadeck of Central South Carolina