What Are The Different Types of Porches? [Choosing Guide]


A porch is an enclosed structure extending out of your home. It usually features open sides and a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. Front porches have become an essential aspect of many homes’ décor. Because of their minimalism and elegance, they convey a feeling of comfort and pleasure.

Although other features or aspects of the home receive more attention and steady modification, porches have failed to fall out of fashion. The porch is one of the first places your guests will see when they approach your home, and I believe you would want to make a good first impression.

So, it is critical that you understand the various types of porches in order to make the most of this beautiful and practical space. This guide will explain the most common types of layouts of porches that can help create ambiance for your residence. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.

What are the different types of porches?

1. Front porch

Front porches are the most traditional type of porches because they use fewer resources in their construction. They are located directly outside the house’s front entrance, featuring steps that lead up to the front door with a small slab of concrete. You may likely find chairs, plants, and other ornamental features to add visual value.

2. Open porch

As the name implies, an open porch refers to a porch or structure that is completely open on all sides. It features a slab or deck composed of wood or concrete and feels more like an outside space because it is open on all sides. This space can serve as a space of relaxation, but due to its openness, it compromises privacy.

3. Covered porch

Covered porches are very famous in the United States; some might argue that they are the most popular. This type of porch usually comes with a roof and, in most cases, sidewalls. Covered porches provide an outdoor living space that acts as an attachment to the home while still protecting you from harmful elements.

4. Screened porch

Screened porches are very similar to covered porches but with an extra layer of protection. They feature screen-covered openings, which means that air can freely circulate while insects are kept at bay. Screened porches are even used for outdoor dining rooms because they offer protection from harmful elements, pests, and other annoying insects.

5. Farmer’s porch

As you might have guessed already, the farmer’s porch is the typical porch of a farmhouse-style home. It is usually covered with support beams and railings. The vast scale of this type of porch makes it perfect for large-scale gatherings, but it also necessitates additional maintenance time.

6. Back porch

Although traditional porches are stationed by the entrance of the home, there are cases where porches are situated at the back. These porches are designed to offer more privacy and are called back porches. They are covered porches, and they extend past the back door of the home.

7. Detached porch

A detached porch is a separate structure from the house, it is typically connected to the house via a walkway, whether pavers, gravel, or wooden pathway. This porch can be glass-enclosed, screened-in, open-air, or even a mixture of two or three. However, the cost of this type of porch tends to be higher, so most homeowners shy away from it.

8. Deck

Basically, a deck is a flat and elevated structure that connects the home to the outside. Most decks are made of wood and are usually raised above the ground, with railing to surround the deck. In most cases, you will find these decks with a canopy or pergola, making them nice spots for barbecuing or dining.

9. Wraparound porch

Wraparound porches were one of the earliest types of porches, but they are not as common as before. The name basically stems from the fact that this type of porch is constructed around the house. The wrapping starts at the front and wraps around the house, occupying at least one corner of the house. But in most cases, they wrap all through the entire house.

What are the benefits of having a porch in your home?

Porches are great, some of the benefits include;

  • The space acts as a place of relaxation indoor-outside while protecting you from the elements, like heavy rain, hail, and the sun’s harmful UV radiation
  • Increases the living area in the property, which will automatically impact positively on the resale value of the home
  • Adds a stunning look to the exterior of your home, which can improve it’s curb appeal
  • An additional outdoor area that can be used for dining, barbequing, or gathering with family and friends
  • In all weather, outdoor entertainment is still very possible


What materials do you use for porches?

Porches can be made of many materials, from concrete to wood and composite boards. But the most common material is concrete.

Do porches need a foundation?

Yes, they do. All porches require foundations, usually between 600mm wide and 450mm deep.

What is the cheapest material to use for porches?

Concrete and uPVC are typically the cheapest materials for porches.

Do all porches have roofs?

Porches usually include a built-in roof or a covering of some kind.

Conclusion – Choosing a porch

Porches are definitely a must-have if you enjoy outdoor activities or relaxing in nature. There are various types available today, and each will improve the aesthetics of your home in a unique way.

However, you must consider the space of the home before deciding on which is best. If it is not integrated into the design appropriately or appears too big or small, the porch may look out of place.

Have questions? Need clarity? Get in touch with us today.

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