The differences between a screened porch addition vs. a 3-season room addition are not complicated, but homeowners may have heard conflicting explanations. At Archadeck of Nashville, we find that many of our clients are not certain about the differences between these two kinds of outdoor rooms. Understanding the distinctions will help you decide which one will be the best choice for your home and your lifestyle.
The confusion begins when you hear people—even builders—refer to screened porches and 3-season rooms interchangeably. They are not the same. At Archadeck of Nashville, we prefer to make a distinction between these two types of outdoor rooms.
We’d like to answer the question, “What are screened porches called?” When you work with screened porch builder Archadeck of Nashville, screened porches are always called screened porches.
The simplest, most basic answer to this question is that 3-season rooms are like screened porches with windows you can open and close.
Outside air will always flow through a screened porch no matter the season. Some Nashville-area homeowners may not want to use a screened porch when the temperature drops below “porch weather.” That threshold—when it’s too cold outdoors to enjoy a screened porch—is different for different people. Other homeowners choose a screened porch addition specifically because they want screened porches options—fresh air plus protection from insects and rain—year-round.
If your priority is adding an outdoor room that you can use more days per year, you may want to consider adding a three-season room. Your Archadeck of Nashville design consultant can help you decide which type of outdoor room will best meet your needs. We’ve written an article, Should you add a screened porch or 3-season room to your Nashville home? that may help you with your decision.
Talking about screened porches built with Eze Breeze windows is one of the ways homeowners can become confused about the differences. Once you add Eze Breeze windows to a screened porch, it becomes a 3-season room! You’ll still hear folks refer to it as a porch, however.
When Archadeck of Nashville designs and builds a three-season room, the window system we use most often is Eze Breeze. This system is incredibly versatile and easy to use, and it’s a high-quality product—the primary reason we recommend it.
In the Eze Breeze system, every opening has a screen and a crystal-clear vinyl window panel that slides open easily. That’s the key to this system’s versatility. When you want to use your Eze Breeze three-season room as a screened porch, just slide the window panels open to reveal screens. Fresh air pours in, and you can enjoy the sounds and smells of the outdoors. When the weather turns a bit chilly, simply close all of the Eze Breeze window panels to use the room a little farther into the season.
An Eze Breeze outdoor room offers even more versatility: you can remove all of the window panels and store them for the summer. They are easy to remove and easy to put back when the season changes again.
If you currently have a screened in porch and want to have it converted into a 3-season room, please give us a call. We offer a professional design consultation at no charge. We will need to see your screened porch before we can determine how cost-effective it will be to convert it to a 3-season room.
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