Looking to invest in an exterior addition for your home? In today’s post, roofing contractor Colonial Remodeling, LLC discusses the different types of additions you can choose from to help you make an informed decision.
A porch is a platform attached to the house. It extends the living area and is large enough to accommodate furniture such as chairs, a coffee table and perhaps even a couch. It can be screened-in to keep insects out, or enclosed in glass for year-round use, similar to a sunroom. A “lanai” is a Hawaiian term that generally refers to porch, patio or balcony.
A deck is similar to a porch, except that it is usually built without a cover. Outdoor decks can be built with multiple levels or tiers, using wood or composite, and raised several inches from the ground. A deck can be designed as a sprawling, all-weather living area.
A patio has the same function as a deck, except that it’s built at ground level rather than at an elevation. Built with a concrete slab or an area of pavers, a patio can accommodate heavier furniture and requires less maintenance than a deck. Patio doors are used for entry and egress. Patio covers are usually installed separate from the roofing system.
A portico is a small roof-like arch installed over the front entry door. In addition to providing shelter from the sun and rain, a portico creates visual interest that can help boost the home’s curb appeal. Porticoes are typically seen on Colonial home styles.
Verandas are typically found in Southern architecture. A veranda is a large, open porch with a roof and railing that can sometimes extend around the sides of the house. It is sometimes referred to as a “gallery.”
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