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Is the inside of every screened porch the same?

Overland Park KS Screened Porch with Treated Wood Floor and Knee Wall

Overland Park KS Screened Porch with Treated Wood Floor and Knee Wall

Last week we wrote a post about whether all screened porches are the same and the degree to which they can differ. In that post we focused primarily on the outside of the screened porch. This week’s I’d like to focus on options and considerations for the interior of your screened porch. The primary components of the interior are the floor, the railing, the ceiling,and the electrical package.

Screened porch flooring options

Let’s look at flooring first. There are so many more flooring options today than you may think. These primarily include woods, composites, tile, and concrete.

To tailor to a more traditional look, you can use the wood floor. Natural wood floors are less expensive than composite floors but do require substantially more maintenance. Where a composite floor is close to maintenance free, a wood floor will need attention every couple of years depending on the wear and traffic. There are some things you can do to keep your natural wood floor looking fresher for longer. One option is to paint your floor. This will provide some level of protection from wear. Another really simple option is a nice large floor rug. Outdoor rugs have also come a long way in recent years. Remember the green outdoor rugs that looked like astro turf? Today a number of companies make rugs designed to withstand some rain and other elements. You’ll want to read the labels to see the degree to which these rugs withstand the elements. Your screened porch will get a minimal amount of water inside as compared to an open porch but water will be a factor.

Leawood KS Screened Porch with Cedar Trimmed Roof and Slate Tile Floor

Leawood KS Screened Porch with Cedar Trimmed Roof and Slate Tile Floor

There are some tropical hardwoods that are traditionally used for outdoor. One particular tropical hardwood we used is Ipe. Ipe has a a great number of advantages over pine and pine and still looks very, very rich. It will need to be maintained, either stained or sealed to maintain its rich color.

People are also using tile for the floor of their screened porches. There are colors or textures available that you can’t get with wood or composite and tile can have quite a finished look.

Kansas City Screened Porch with Screened Gable Roof and Sky Light

Kansas City Screened Porch with Screened Gable Roof and Sky Light

Railing and knee-wall options

For your interior porch railing, material options primarily include wood, metal, composite, fiberglass, and vinyl. Like the other components, the differences include the cost and the amount of maintenance. Wood is going to cost less but is going to require more maintenance. Man-made materials such as composite, fiberglass and vinyl will cost more at the onset but very little maintenance is required. Many people don’t want any aspect of their screened porch to require work. They want to rest, relax and minimize any necessity for cleaning and maintenance.

Knee wall is also an option. Knee wall introduces a measure of wind and rain protection. Knee wall also serves another couple of benefits. The knee wall can be painted to match other aspects of the house and pull the structure into the overall aesthetic of the house. Knee wall also adds a moderate degree of additional privacy based on the position of your screened porch and the proximity to the areas you would like some privacy from.

Ceiling and electrical packages for your screened porch

Screened porch with beadboard ceiling and exposted rafters

Screened porch with bead board ceiling and exposed truss design

For the ceiling, we can design open or covered rafters and have a variety of great choices for the ceiling including cedar, pine, bead board, plywood, tongue and groove, and vinyl/PVC. As you’ve begun to plan your screened porch and selected various design elements you like, you may not have thought of the aesthetic differences the different ceiling options can make. A vaulted roof creates a grand, open and airy feel. Traditional screened porches had flat ceilings but today the popular option is the opposite.

In my experience, one of the most common upgrades, if you will, is how you configure your electrical. Most screened porches will have a ceiling fan. In addition, you can add built-in ceiling lights, we can wire in and install mounted ceiling speakers, and you may want a number of additional outlets for plugging in things like table lamps, floor lamps, laptop computers and televisions.

When you begin to dialogue with a builder, you will quickly know based on your rapport, how they listen and how you feel about their trustworthiness whether that builder will be a good match for you. Before you have a contractor come out, check their BBB rating. Check their reviews on Angie’s List, and review their website to see pictures of their work.

Steve Folsom - Kansas City deck and porch builder

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A screened porch is not a screened porch is not a screened porch

Screened porch and deck in Overland Park KS

Screened porch and deck in Overland Park KS

You’ve heard the old adage. If all screened porches were the same, it would go something like this. A screened porch is a screened porch is a screened porch. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only do screened porches vary based on the size, shape, and roof style, they vary by all the components within. Imagine putting together a car. Imagine if all LX or EX models were exactly the same. Sure, those packages indicate a number of upgrades but that package only specifies a small number of options that are standard with that model. These could include power windows or doors or leather seats. But what about paint color and 2-door vs. 4-door. What about automatic transmission vs. manual transmission? What about carpet colors and dashboard packages? Radios, navigation systems, power seats… I could go on and on.

Unlike a car, a screened porch is truly custom through and through. Here are some of the things that differ. I’ll discuss both exterior and interior.

On the exterior, here are some of the styles, shapes and sizes to consider. The first one is the roof shape and style along with the roof overhang and soffit overhang. I wrote a blog post earlier about roof styles. Fortunately a good custom builder can help make that decision a lot easier. You don’t want your screened porch or any other outdoor room addition to look like an appendage. As much as possible, you want to make it look original to the home. So, by emulating your home’s roof style, that often creates the best aesthetic look for your new outdoor room.

Screened Porch with Lattice Skirting and Pergola in Overland Park, KS

Screened Porch with Lattice Skirting and Pergola in Overland Park, KS

One of the next considerations is what the support columns will look like. Again, your home may have columns either in the front or the back but we can help you make the best selection to fit your home, your tastes and your preferences. Attached to the supports will be the type of screen. There are a few choices here including metal, vinyl/woven or fiberglass/mesh.

A good custom builder will also walk you through one of the biggest exterior options which is the type of trim. These include the screen trim, post trim, and roof trim. Options include cedar, pine, man-made trims, vinyl, and more. They all have different characteristics and prices.

Steve Folsom - Kansas City deck and porch builder

The best thing to do when you start considering building a screened porch for your home is talk to a good experienced builder that is willing to guide you through the choices that best suit your style, personal preferences, uses of the room, and budget. To discuss adding a screened porch to your home, give us a call or send us an email. (913) 851 – 3325 or kansascity@archadeck.net