There is no denying that either a porch or a deck is a great addition to the home. Both add overall value, extend your living space, and boost the curb appeal of your property. For many New Jersey homeowners, choosing between the two comes down to budget, maintenance, and of course, their lifestyle.

With over 40 years of industry experience in the Garden State, Weathercraft has the know-how and dedication to make your dream deck or porch a reality. As for the porch vs. deck decision, here’s what you need to know to determine which is better for you.

What Is the Difference Between a Deck and a Porch?

A deck is an elevated outdoor platform that adjoins a home, normally at the back, and provides a recreational area in the yard. While decks are great for summer BBQs, sunbathing, or morning yoga sessions, they can also be great in the cooler months – warm up in your deck hot tub or roast marshmallows around the fire!

On the other hand, a porch is a covered area, most often at the front of the house around the entrance. It can be left open-air or enclosed for all season use. They make great lounging areas – catch up with an old friend over a pitcher of lemonade – as well as an inviting entryway to your home, protecting your guests from a rainy evening.

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Budgeting When it comes to installation costs, decks tend to be more cost effective than porches, as they do not require the additional cost of roof installation. Porches, on the other hand, tend to be a little more expensive than installing a deck because it does require the additional cost of roof installation.
Maintenance Because they are more exposed to the elements, wood decks do need annual washing and may require a re-staining every few years. Composites, fiber cement, and modified wood, however, require less maintenance. Porches are naturally covered, so they  endure less exposure to the elements. If wooden, they may need washing and  staining every few years, though they  can also be constructed from lower maintenance materials.
Style Decks can be constructed in various styles to suit your home. No matter  what, they offer many entertainment/addition options, such as hot tubs, fire pits, and built-in benches. Because they are normally constructed  in the front of the home, porches do  have a bigger impact on curb appeal.  With that said, Weathercraft can install  a structure suited to the façade of your  home, in various colors, styles, and  sizes. Like decks, they can be built with additional features, such as  ceiling fans or screened in windows.
Other Considerations Decks do tend to be less functional in the cooler months. While you certainly, can use them in fall and winter seasons, homeowners tend  to get the most use out of them in  summer. One consideration during warm months very well may be  exposure to insects, as they are not fully enclosed. If fully enclosed, patios can be enjoyed  year-round. If not, they still offer your family and guests protection from the elements when entering your home.

Qualified Deck and Patio Installation for New Jersey Homeowners

When it comes to the decision of deck or patio installation, Weathercraft is available to assist. Through our consultative approach and over 40 years of experience, we can evaluate the style of your home and help you choose the structure that best fits your budget and lifestyle. Choose Weathercraft and experience among the highest quality, as well as timely, and disruption-free installation of your porch or deck.

Still not sure which structure is best suited to your home? Contact Weathercraft to speak with a member of our team. You may also view our image gallery to see a sample of our past projects!