Will a porch add value to my home?

Power to the Porches! A Porch Can Transform Your Home!


Porches have the power to enhance and improve your home in ways nothing else can. Many of you thinking about adding a porch are wondering if a porch will increase the value of your home. Those who’ve already added a porch and are now enjoying it will answer, Yes, it certainly will!

Expert porch builder Archadeck of Columbus is ready to answer your questions about porch additions.

Do porches add value to your home?


There are several ways to answer this question because value means different things in different contexts. When you ask about value, many assume this is just a monetary consideration, and sometimes it is – especially if you plan to sell your home. Whether you’re going to list your home or hope to stay there forever, adding a porch increases your home’s value in more ways than one.

Value = Return on monetary investment

Getting right to the bottom line, adding a porch will very likely increase your home’s value. As a homeowner, when it’s time to sell your home, you hope to recoup the money you spent to add a porch. Some sources say the average return on investment for a porch addition is around 84%. We advise clients to keep in mind that it will depend on the real estate market in your area when you list your home. Timing is a factor. If all conditions are in your favor, including the value of nearby homes, you might recoup 100% of your porch – or more. Clearing a profit? It’s possible – but not guaranteed.

Are porches included in square footage?

Good question! The most concise and direct answer is Probably not, but that doesn’t mean a new porch won’t increase your home’s resale value. In order to include a porch in your home’s square footage, the porch would need to be enclosed and heated through your home’s HVAC system. A room addition that’s heated through your home’s HVAC system is more likely a sunroom or 4-season room than a porch. However, a room that’s enclosed with windows instead of screens and is heated through the home’s heating system might be called a “sun porch.” In that case, the answer would be Yes.

Value = Stunning curb appeal


Increasing your home’s square footage is not the only way to increase your home’s value. If you add a stunning front porch or portico addition that transforms your home and stops buyers in their tracks, it will add value to your home. Curb appeal is not over-rated. What value do you place on the complete transformation a new front porch can create? If you’re planning to sell your home, when you see the effects of a new front porch you may decide not to move!


The power of curb appeal is not just for home-buyers. It’s for you, too! When your home gets a front porch makeover from Archadeck, you’ll feel a thrill every time you return home and see it. You can derive sheer joy from seeing how beautiful and inviting your home becomes with a new front porch. Remember, when it comes to Outdoor living: If you like it, then you should definitely put a roof on it!



Do screened porches add value to your home?

A screened porch or open porch will provide new ways to enjoy your home. These outdoor rooms offer endless hours of enjoyment. What value would you place on the enjoyment you’ll get from a back porch – either a screened porch or an open porch? Whether your idea of relaxing at home is in peaceful solitude, with family, or entertaining friends, adding a good back porch will change your life. You’ll find yourself spending more time doing these activities you enjoy most. You’ll also take pleasure in the simple fact that, with a covered porch, you’re not trapped indoors when the weather turns rainy.


Read more about cool weather outdoor living space solutions in our focus story Increase Your Time Spent Outdoors This Fall with Cool Weather Outdoor Living Solutions.

Value = Enjoying precious porch time with family and friends

Let screened porch designer Archadeck of Columbus lead you through a comprehensive needs analysis to help identify what kind of porch you need. As the Columbus area’s premier screened porch builder, we have these conversations with clients every day. You’ll benefit from our experience, which is good because you may only build a new porch once!


We know the allure of porches – all kinds of porches – and can help you hone in on what porch will bring you the most pleasure. It may be the ultimate screened porch with television, ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, and a dining area. If pesky insects are not a problem in your area, you may prefer an open porch instead of screens.

What’s my screened porch return on investment?


If you want to increase your screened porch enjoyment AND your return on investment, consider an Archadeck of Columbus 3-season room. We design and build custom 3-season rooms/porches with the Eze-Breeze 4-track clear vinyl window system.

Value = Screened room versatility

Eze-Breeze windows are designed so you can slide the panels around and leave some panels open to the screens. You decide! You can easily change the configuration whenever you want. Close all of the windows when you feel a chill, or open as many as 75% of the window panels at once. Having a screened room that also has windows means you can use your outdoor room even more often than you’d use a standard screen porch. You’ll use it longer in fall and earlier in spring. This versatility is invaluable when it comes to enjoying your outdoor living space.

Have we answered your questions? While a new porch addition will likely add resale value to your home, don’t wait until you’re getting ready to sell! Add that new porch now so you can enjoy its rich value for yourself!

To get started on your new Columbus front porch, portico, screened porch, or covered porch, call Archadeck of Columbus today at 740-879-3730 or email us at [email protected].

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