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Porch Vs. Deck: which is the more befitting for your home?

Posted on 22 July, 2018 by Rozella Calise
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Porch Vs. Deck: which is the more befitting for your home?


Appearance & style of the porch/ deck is largely dictated by factors like the architecture & interior design of the home, the use or function of the area, and the homeowners' personal preferences. The porch is considered as an extension of the home and has a significant impact on the curb appeal, so it is important to make sure that the porch style matches the design & aesthetics of the rest of the dwelling. Porches tend to be more formal in appearance as compared to decks since the former have a greater impact on the entryway. Contemporary or modern decks are lately gaining more popularity, especially those with built-in benches, hot tubs & fire pits; such decks make for an ideal gathering space or entertaining spot.

Coming to the costs, decks & porches incur a similar expenditure for material & labor but the porches mandate the additional cost of roofing materials & installation. Pine is the most commonly used decking material and costs the least at US.00- 9.00 per sf. Hardwoods are the costliest at US.38 per sf. in average.

Cost of labor may also vary depending on the material. Composites are pricier to install as compared to hardwoods, with most labor costing between US-80 per sf, taking the total per sf cost of building a deck to US -71, having an average of approximately US per sf. Constructing a medium sized deck of 200-500 ft would cost around US,000.

Most of the porches cost US per sf on an average, with labor costing from US- 40 per sf and materials running about the same cost as for a deck, with the additional cost of roof joists, shingles & beadboard. A porch measuring 16 x 20ft would cost between US,000- 30,400, with an average cost of US,400.

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