Both porches and decks can add a beautiful and functional outdoor living space to your home. Either one will dramatically improve your outdoor experience and increase your home’s value, but they do have some key differences. Let’s take a look at the main differences between porches and decks so you can make a more informed decision when it comes time to build!

The Differences Between Porches and Decks

  • Porches extend the entryway of your home, while decks can be from the back or side of your home.
  • Porches have an overhanging roof that can help to protect you from the elements and keep your porch cool in the summer.
  • Decks usually have more space than a porch and are often used for entertaining or enjoying the outdoors.
  • Porches are usually more expensive because of the roof.
  • Decks are frequently used for entertaining, grilling, and cooking, while porches are often used for relaxing in a quiet space and welcoming guests.

Pros and Cons of Decks


One of the biggest pros of having a deck is that it provides extra space for spending time outdoors. Not only does a deck create more room to host guests on warm days, but it can also be used for lounging around after dinner or hosting evening parties and gatherings. Decks are also a great way to add value to your home and make it more attractive, as they provide additional space for outdoor experiences.

It would likely be less expensive to build a deck because it’s a freestanding structure that doesn’t need a roof. However, depending on how customized you want your deck to be—outdoor kitchen, jacuzzi, etc.—the price will tick up.


One of the biggest cons of having a deck is the maintenance. Since decks are usually uncovered, they’re more exposed to the elements. Most decks need to be restained or painted every few years, and you should have a good system for keeping them clean and free of peeling or chipping paint.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you might need a permit to build a deck since they’re usually higher than 30 inches off the ground, whereas you may not need a permit to build a porch.

Pros and Cons of Porches


Porches are a great way to create an outdoor living space without having to build another freestanding structure next to your home. Not only do they help to improve the aesthetic of your home, but they can also help increase the potential resale value by adding an outdoor room that others might find appealing.

Another pro of having a porch is that it offers protection from the elements. Since porches have an overhanging roof with an option to enclose it if you’d like, you can enjoy the outdoors on cool days or in light rain without getting wet. Porches are also a great place to relax and unwind, whether that means reading a book, having a morning cup of coffee, or simply taking some time to yourself.


One downside of porches is that they can be more expensive to build than decks. Porches usually require a roof, and the size of your porch may also be limited by local building codes or homeowners association rules, which can also increase the cost to build. You’re typically looking at a higher bottom line.

Additionally, because porches are enclosed and have an overhanging roof, they tend to stay warmer in the summertime than decks—which may or may not be a good thing depending on how you plan to use your outdoor living space.

Overall, porches and decks are both great additions to any home as they offer value and utility. Deciding which is right for you will depend on your needs and budget, personal preferences, and climate.

So, now that you know the differences between porches and decks, you can decide which one is the perfect fit for your home. If you’re leaning towards a quiet, relaxing space to visit with guests, a porch might be the way to go. But if you’re looking for more space to entertain and enjoy your backyard, with the bonus of being able to cook and grill outdoors, then a deck could be the right choice for you.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space With Fillo Painting

You deserve this dream addition to your home to be built with care and precision. With over 20 years of experience, the team at Fillo Painting can help you design and build the perfect deck or porch for your needs and budget. Schedule an estimate today to learn more about how we can help you transform your outdoor living space!