7 Ways to Upgrade Your Porch and Patio

A backyard with a small enclosed screened in patio.

When it comes to sprucing up our homes, porches and patios are notoriously overlooked by many homeowners. That’s a shame because a top-notch porch or patio can work wonders on the value, curb appeal, and style of your home.

Here we’ll show you the best ways to upgrade your deck, patio, or other outdoor living space. That way, you’ll have yet another cozy spot in your home to kick back and relax in. And that’s something you’ll be super thankful for when the warm summer months roll around each year.

With that said, here are 7 ideas to take your porch and patio game to the next level: 

1. Screen-In Porch and Patio Enclosures

A screened porch is the best of both worlds. Not only can you enjoy the warm outdoor breeze and views, but you can do so while being protected from pesky mosquitos and unwanted debris from outside. Since most people want to spend more time outdoors, many homeowners choose to screen in their porches. Life on the porch takes on a whole new appeal when protected from insects and blowing leaves. Think of outdoor meals without swatting at flies or relaxing summer cocktails with friends! Additionally,  a screened-in porch can serve as a second family room to entertain an evening with the kids.

Screen enclosures come in a nice variety of fabric choices and frame colors. Motorized screens are also a great option.

2. Patio Furniture

High-quality patio and deck furniture is a must if you want to turn your outdoor living space into something worth hanging out in often. What you want to go for here is both functionality and comfort. That way, you’ll look forward to spending more time on your porch or patio. And don’t forget to add an outdoor rug, cushions, and pillows, curtains, or other decorative accessories for a nice homey touch.

P.S. Don’t forget sun control to protect your patio furniture and decor from UV rays.

3. Deck and Patio Plants

Now that you’ve got your outdoor furniture in place, it’s time to add some green into the equation. Adding potted plants to your porch and patio can do just that. The key here is one: not to get carried away—a few well-placed succulents can go a long way. And two: get creative with your planters. Spray paint your plant containers to match your porch or patio style, or think about making a hanging planter or two.

A private back yard patio with a retractable tan awning covering the sunny space.

4. Patio Covers, Awnings, and Exterior Shades

If you are spending time on your porch or patio, the last thing you want is for it to be exposed to too much sunlight. Sweating from the heat or trying to avoid a troublesome glare isn’t exactly comfortable. So in the case that your patio, deck, or porch isn’t already covered, you could install a roll-up shade, a retractable awning, or a lattice or paneled patio cover.

5. Hand Railings

Traditionally, deck and porch hand railings were wooden. Nowadays, it’s highly recommended to opt for glass, cable, or aluminum hand railings

Unlike wooden railings, these hand railings are much less prone to wear and tear, meaning fewer maintenance costs on your end. So you might as well opt for something that will stand the test of time on its own. 

6. Porch Lights

The next step in transforming your porch or patio is to add lighting, which not only boosts the overall ambiance but also makes it safer and more secure. Show your creativity when adding lights to your porch. String lights, hanging lanterns, or stylish lamps will improve your patio or deck’s visual appeal. 

Side note: We recommend LED lights. They’ll cost more upfront, but since they have longer lifespans than incandescent bulbs, you’ll save in the long run. They’re also more energy-efficient, saving you money on your electricity bill. 

7. Three-Season Room

Last but not least, you could take the boldest approach of all by completely turning your outdoor deck or patio into a full-blown three-season room. Since three-season rooms are enclosed and offer superior temperature control so you can use them year-round, unlike most patios and porches. 

Once your outdoor space is converted into a three-season room, you can use it for whatever purpose you might need: an additional family room, a pool enclosure, or a casual dining room. This is also an ideal area to place plants if you have any that are sensitive to cold.

If you need more convincing, here are 5 Benefits of a Three-Season Room.

Conclusion on Upgrading your Porch and Patio

At the end of the day, owning a home is a pretty big investment. So why not get the most out of that investment by using all the available space you have on hand. 

The best way to do that is by simply upgrading your porch or patio from an unused eyesore to a wow-inducing leisure area. If you tick all of the boxes above, you’ll have a great new space to entertain guests, spend time with the family, or just relax by yourself and get some alone time. 

To learn more about how you can enhance your deck or patio, contact our experienced team at Screenmobile today. We’ll be happy to sort through your ideas and find the perfect solution for your home.

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