Dayton & Cincinnati’s deck and porch builder gives a lesson in porch 101

Pick your porch pleasure. covered or screened?

Pick your porch pleasure; covered or screened?

As the Dayton and Cincinnati area’s premiere choice for custom outdoor living structures, we are seeing an increase in requests for porches. This includes covered porches, screened porches and porches integrated into an outdoor living combination consisting of two or more structures. The reason behind the increased interest in porches is simple: porches allow protection that “open air” structures don’t. This protection allows homeowners to extended outdoor living enjoyment and more choices when utilizing their space.

For example, a covered or screened porch used in conjunction with a deck or patio will provide a place to continue the fun in the event a summer shower creeps up. Porches also serve as a wonderful way to add shade to a sunny backyard, and even protection from insects (especially pesky mosquitoes) with a screened or 3-season porch! A porch truly enables homeowners to “have their cake and eat it too” within their own outdoor living space.

screened porch over new composite deck

Some of the ways our porches stand apart from your typical porch addition is the quality we pour into each of our covered and screened porch designs. Here is a list of the most important considerations when contemplating a porch addition to a new or existing outdoor living space:

  • Screened porch deck combinations

    Screened porch & deck combination.

    With any porch addition, roof tie-in is the first consideration. You need to become familiar with your tie-in options and which area of your home makes the best candidate(s) for the job. Whether the porch is tied into an existing roof or wall, there’s almost always one optimal solution. You don’t want someone to just take your gutters down and attach a fascia board, this is rarely, if ever, the best way to tie-in your porch addition.

  • Screen Eze screen system allows large spans and becomes almost invisible with the rails placed outside the screen.

    Screen Eze screen system allows large spans and becomes almost invisible with the rails placed outside the screen.

    When Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio builds a porch roof we use traditional framing methods and we always match the shingles to the existing shingles of your home. A well-designed and built porch, like any quality outdoor living addition, should appear original to your existing home once completed.

  • For screened porch additions, we use ScreenEze systems on the majority of our projects. ScreenEze allows for screening larger spans and retains its shape. This allows you less loss of light and more open, unobstructed views than when using traditional screen. Another variable to add even more definition to your screen porch is to install ScreenEze on the inside or outside rail of the space as well. From a distance, this method conveys the look of an open porch when indeed the porch contains screen — innovative and refreshing!
  • we used a T&G pine cathedral ceiling with an open screened gable end and Velux skylights.

    We used a T&G pine cathedral ceiling with an open screened gable end and Velux skylights on this screened porch in Springboro, OH.

    If your project involves conversion of an existing deck into a porch, we always inspect the deck thoroughly to ensure that the structure is strong enough, and capable of supporting a roof. Decks are rarely built to hold up structurally to the weight of porch walls and a roof. Beware of any builder that tells you your deck doesn’t need any additional support to facilitate a porch addition. Skipping the installation of additional strongholds will result in posts and footings that are typically not strong enough to do the job, and ultimately failure will become a safety hazard.

  • We go over all your porch flooring options during our consultation including adding screening under the deck boards to keep bugs from coming into your porch from the underneath. We give you the choices and budgetary incentives about the best flooring options including tongue and groove, cement, pavers, and composite and wood decking. Having a complete list of choices available at your fingertips will enable you to make a more informed choice and will make you happier with your space for years to come!
  • Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

    We specialize in porches that blend effortlessly into your existing home.

    We also discuss the importance of traffic patterns, size and flow within your porch. These details will minimize surprises in how your outdoor furnishings fit realistically within your anticipated space and how doors will impact your flow to and from your porch. We discuss the door(s) that lead from your house into the porch, and also the door that leads you from the porch into the yard. Your builder should go over how each will affect your space and placement needs. Making sure your doors are in the right place to minimize the impact of traffic flow within your porch will ensure your porch is dedicated to outdoor living rather than just a way to access your yard as a “short cut”  from your house.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley since 1990, Including many covered and screened porch projects. When we meet with you to discuss a porch addition for you and your family we actually listen to your wants and needs in order to provide a porch that will not only meet, but exceed your expectations. Contact us today to learn more at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040, Email:

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

You can see more examples of our beautiful porch additions by visiting our porch photo galleries and our outdoor rooms photo galleries located on our website.