Benefits of Porches
Whether you’re updating or replacing an existing porch or adding a new one, you’ll greatly enhance your enjoyment of your home. You’ll instantly expand your outdoor living space, creating a relaxing spot to unwind. A front porch sets the tone for the entire home, providing beautiful curb appeal and visual interest. A back porch can become a family gathering or entertaining spot, extending your indoor space with comfortable furniture and décor.
You’ll enjoy your new porch for years to come, and if you decide to sell your home in the future, it will be more attractive to prospective buyers.
Popular Porch Trends
Porches are becoming an increasingly important and stylish element of your home, with the following popular trends:
- Consistency of Design
To ensure longevity and help preserve the continuity of your home’s design, many porches are designed with materials that are also used elsewhere on your home’s exterior. For example, stucco, stone, or brick can be utilized in columns and other areas. The effect is a consistent look in terms of detail and character.
- Larger Sizes
Porches are often built larger now than they were previously. Front porches are being made wider to accommodate furniture, and full-length and wrap-around porches are also gaining in popularity.
- Added Color
Instead of creating a porch in just one color, many clients will utilize different colors to add design appeal. For example, you could choose one color for the siding, one for the trim, and another on window sashes.
- An Extension of Living Space
Modern porches can be stylish extensions of your indoor living space, with elements such as a fireplace or enhanced flooring. A porch can serve as a seamless transition to the rest of your living space.
Common Hazards of Older Porches
A new or upgraded porch not only increases your enjoyment of your home, but also makes a safer environment for you and your family. Over time, old porches often develop the following hazards:
- Split or Decaying Wood
Support structures and flooring need to be sound. Over time, exposure to the elements can cause splitting or decay, making your porch unsafe.
- Loose Railings and Banisters
Railings and banisters can become loose over time. You may not even notice this until you or a loved one leans or pushes on them.
- Loose or Damaged Fasteners
Fasteners including screws can become loose or corroded, causing sagging or loose boards or railings.
- Flashing Damage
Flashing helps direct water away from your house and porch, and if it becomes worn or loose, it can cause water damage to your porch’s main structure and ceiling.
Why Choose Motor City Home Improvement?
We’re a family-owned and operated company located right in Detroit and serving the metro area. We have over 12 years of experience in the home improvement field and are licensed and insured. Motor City Home Improvement is committed to the highest level of customer service and will work with you to create a porch that will last – and that you’ll love – for years to come.
If you think your porch may be damaged and need repair or replacing, or you’d simply like to update your home’s appearance and function, contact Motor City Home Improvement for a free estimate.