How do I pick the best color for my screen porch?

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How do you pick the best color for your screen porch? Here are a couple of easy tips for you to take into consideration when making your selection.

What is the trim color around your windows and doors? If you want your porch to look like it’s a part of the home and not an afterthought, this would be the easy and safe way to choose a color for the posts on your screen porch.


Screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck custom built this screen porch in Huntersville, NC

If you want a more rustic feel, perhaps you have a heavily wooded lot, than a nice wood tone stain color would fit nicely like the one below.


Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Rustic covered patio with exposed rafters and an outdoor fireplace with stone on columns by Archadeck of Charlotte

Color choices are endless but if you think about the above two considerations, it really makes it quite simple! To see a wide variety of colors and styles of screen porches, go to


Top 4 screen porch amenities

What are the top 4 screen porch amenities? We are going to list them in order of popularity here in the Charlotte, North Carolina market:

  1. Integrating an outdoor fireplace into the screen porch. Whether it’s a wood-burning or gas fireplace, the popularity has grown each year for the past 10 years and counting. The function, beauty, and natural draw to fire have made this something homeowners will splurge on for the outdoor space!

Stone outdoor fireplace integrated into screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

2. EZE Breeze Porch Windows have been sold and installed by Archadeck of
Charlotte for the past 15 years. Over the past 5 years, we started advertising them on TV and the idea of extending your outdoor living season is too appealing to pass up.

Charlotte sunroom with Eze Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this EZE Breeze sun porch

3. Travertine Tile flooring is another amenity that has seen a tremendous increase in demand. Experience the beauty of the floor, the low maintenance aspect, and of course the feeling that you moved your indoors outside.

Travertine tile screen porch with stone outdoor fireplace

Screen Porch with integrated outdoor fireplace and outdoor TV and tile on screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

4. Lighting is another area where we see more demand. From LED to lighting on a dimmer, people want options to make their screen porch not only functional in the evening but also provide warm ambient light.

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What are my screen options for my porch?

There are several varieties, colors, and features when it comes to screen for porches. Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest screen porch builders in the country and never leaves the Charlotte metro area.

Screen porches have become favorite spots for families in suburban Charlotte and the surrounding Ft. Mill, SC market. They offer a great escape from everyday life and make you feel like you’re on vacation in your backyard.

There are a wide variety of screen options. A basic option is what’s called rolled screen. This is a cost effective option that works perfectly fine. It is stretched across the outside of the porch posts and often stapled into the post. Then a trim board is attached over the screen such as a 1×4 making the fasteners disappear where the screen is attached.

The photo above on the right shows a product called Screen Eze which allows for wider spans and has an aluminum frame that attached the panel to the posts. This product is great is if you want large openings!

Eze Breeze windows are complete units that convert your screen porch to a sunroom and right back again simply by sliding the panes up or down as shown above. They have a full screen on the outside and vinyl panels that can completely close off the room or slid to let it have a breeze.

There are also vinyl framed screens that operate similarly to the Screen Eze and have a vinyl trim that attaches to the posts as opposed to aluminum.

To see a wide variety of applications for your screen porch, go to

Does my screen porch count as square footage for tax purposes?

As a design/ build firm of custom outdoor screen porches, patios, and decks, customers often inquire as to the tax implications and resale value of adding a screen porch.

EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte

EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte

In terms of from a legal standpoint as well as a listing realtor, screen porches DO NOT count as square footage in your homes value equation.
They DO however increase the value of the home!


In North Carolina and South Carolina, the average return on investment (ROI) when you add a screen porch is somewhere north of 80%, which ranks right up there with the best investments you can make in your home. When you add that to the fact that it will most likely become your favorite and most used space for entertaining, it is a great investment.

Some homeowners add EZE Breeze windows to make it a convertible screen porch and sunroom. This still will not count as square footage even though you are technically enclosing the porch. The square footage equation kicks in when you have heated living or conditioned space (HLA). To learn more about screen porches, go to



How can I have a screen porch and not block the light out of my house?

Here in the Carolinas, we enjoy our near year around sunshine and outdoor living like few other areas! A terrific way to enjoy the outdoors is having a screen porch on the back of your home. This product keeps insects off and away from you and keeps the sun from melting you.

Having said that, a primary concern people often express is that they do not want to block all the light from coming back into their home. This blog will give you some ways to think through the design and minimize the loss of light!

1. If your home is dark already, adding a roof will not change this. When I am designing for someone who says “my house is so dark, I don’t want to add a roof and block out the light”. If you think about this, it is flawed logic. If your home is light, then adding a roof should be a concern. If it’s already dark, there is no danger here.

2. Of all of the roof designs, a vaulted gable roof will allow the most light back into your home. This not only allows light through the screen walls but also above the front header. Depending on the obstructions like windows above where you want to build the roof, you can get a decent pitch and allow the maximum light back in.

3. Skylights will allow light back into the screen porch but not necessarily back into your home.

The last thought I have on this topic is look at which rooms you use the most and if you really want to cover those with a roof or can you place the roof over a different area on the back of the house?

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Add accessories to your porch with Archadeck of Charlotte installing swings

Add accessories to your porch with Archadeck of Charlotte installing swings

custom built sunroom in Charlotte

Energy-efficient custom built sunroom with lattice under deck