If you want to appreciate nature without the need for long and tiring hikes, a yard can actually be a hub for plant and animal life alike. However, if you install a porch, there is always the inevitable risk of dealing with annoying bugs and unfavorable weather. In order to have some protection from the elements while still enjoying everything nature has to offer, many homeowners are turning to the installation of screened-in porches.
After a hectic day at work, you’ll be able to sit, enjoying the temperature, take in the smells of the outdoors, and watch wildlife behind the safety of a screen. Even on hot and humid summer nights, there’s no need for stinky bug spray or bug zappers while the screen keeps pesky mosquitoes at bay.
The sales of screened-in porches have skyrocketed in recent years. Over the past five years, the deck and patio construction industry has grown at a blistering 5.4 percent. Total revenue was $740 million in 2017! Homeowners are in love with their decks and porches.
However, before installing any screened-in porches, there are a few factors to consider. The quality of the porch or deck that the screen will be installed on can have a huge impact on the length of the screen’s life. When wooden decks are damaged or rotten, the installation will not be stable and is more susceptible to outside forces such as strong winds or snow.
If your deck is not in the best shape, don’t worry because you’re far from alone. An estimated 40 million decks throughout the United States are over 20 years old. If you’re planning on repairing or installing a new deck, knowing it can boost the value of a home should serve as extra incentive. In the U.S., wooden deck construction can actually offer an 87 percent return on investment.
If you want to escape the toil of everyday life, enjoy nature in comfort with a screened-in porch.