A screened in porch, or screen room is a fantastic space that combines the best of the indoors and the outdoors. You can both curl up with a lovely book and enjoy the breeze, or alternatively treat it more like a traditional deck space with which you can entertain guests. There is a wide variety of screened in porch options available out there, and this also means there is a wide variety of screened in porch prices. We are going to go over the basics and variations of screened in porches, as well as the variations and their average rates.
What is a Screen Room?
A screen room is another name for a screened in porch, though people tend to use the room more often when space is given a cozier full interior feel. As we stated before, there is a wide variety of option when it comes to creating a screen room, and they run anywhere in a spectrum from a near full interior room with screened windows, to a hardly covered back porch. Your local climate and personal preferences will ultimately determine where in that spectrum your optimal choice lies.
There is another way of looking at these terms as well. Another way it is often described is that a screened-in-porch refers only to literal porches that have been screened in and are unable to be cooled or heated (traditionally), while a sunroom is a completely enclosed space with an open, natural feel. These terms, of course, are quickly blurred in practice.
Benefits of Screened In Porches
- Enjoy comfortable outdoor seating both when raining or very hot outside.
- Avoid most annoying bugs and insects.
- Increase Home Value
- Good ROI on sell off of building.
Screened in Porch Options and Prices
So how much might a screened in porch be?
Most homeowners will either decide to screen in an already existing porch or will build a new addition just to have a custom screen room. Both have plenty of new and interesting options available to them with a wide price range.
Building onto an Existing Deck
- Expect to pay somewhere between $500 and $2,000 for quality screened in porch materials able to cover 200f of porch space.
- Installation costs will range somewhere from $300 to $700.
- In the end you are going to want to expect a price tag in the range of $1000 to $2,200.
You can expect to pay somewhere between $500 and $2,000 for screened in porch materials able to cover 200f of porch space. This can reach upwards of $3,500 for the more elaborate options. A $1000+/- starting point should give you everything you need for a basic physical barrier between the porch and the elements. There are options like screen walls, tracked screens, and retractable awnings that may also be considered when you are deciding your final goals.
The installation costs will range somewhere from $300 to $700 depending on the local contractor cost. A quality screen room builder and Screen Enclosure Installer is worth the price.
In the end, you are going to want to expect a price tag in the range of $1000 to $2,200 for a modest screen room barrier installation. At the next tier in quality up, you should be paying somewhere between $2,200 and $5,000
Now, of course, building a whole new deck and barrier will be much more expensive, but can also provide a more extensive assortment of customization options.
Constructing a Screened in Porch
These costs will vary dramatically depending on your home, the size of the construction and your preferences. A Common example is a wraparound porch with windows and screens that can reach upwards of $30,000. However, the typical price for a new screened in porch areas runs roughly $70 per square foot.
An average deck itself will usually cost about $33 per square foot. A patio (not connected to the house) will be a bit less at around $20 per square foot. A rooftop covered porch with optional screening will cost an average of $73 per square foot. Lighting, fans and additional features will significantly increase the price. A Screen Enclosure Installer pro will be able to give you various estimates.
In addition to the material costs, homeowners should make sure to budget somewhere between $300 and $500 for city permits and the like.
Choosing Your Flooring
The floor you choose can also drastically affect both the price and longevity of your initial construction. Most wood floors will run cheaper but will also be less resilient when dealing with the elements and sunlight a screen room entails. Rain and sunlight will take its toll on wood. Some woods, like a Brazilian hardwood, is very hardy but can double your costs. Most opt for a wood/synthetic hybrid floor to keep costs low and durability high.
At last count, there are over 22 variations of possible floor materials being sold today for use n screened in porch construction. All were created or are used to accomplish a specific set of goals. This means it is worth it to take the time and research the perfect floor for your project.