As we head into the new year, many of us start setting goals for the next twelve months. And often, one of those goals is to complete some sort of home improvement project.

Adding or renovating your enclosed porch should definitely be on that list. (And did you know that winter is an excellent time to start a home project?)

While technically a mere slab of concrete can be called a porch, most of us imagine an enclosure where people gather for a special occasion or as a place to simply unwind, perhaps while reading a book in the morning with a cup of coffee.

For several reasons, covered or enclosed porches tend to be the most popular, with the options customizable to your home. Based on your aesthetic preferences, you can choose a front, back, side, or wraparound porch and work from there!


Benefits Of Having an Enclosed Porch

For those of us lucky enough to already have an enclosed porch, we know the benefits are myriad in terms of style, utility, and value. 

Here are just a few:

Increases Home Value

When done well, a front porch can be a huge asset in terms of curb appeal, creating a warm and appealing entrance to your home, protecting guests from the rain, and ultimately increasing the value of your home. 

Especially in warm-weather climates where you can use a porch for at least three seasons, you can expect a covered or screened porch to provide an average ROI of 84%.

But be mindful of the fact that an ill-placed porch or one that does not match your original architecture style can reduce the value of your home. 

That’s why it’s extremely important to consult a professional with expertise in building porches and enclosures who will  guide you through the process and help you pick the best design. 

Extends Your Living Space

One of the biggest trends to look for in 2022 is creating a seamless indoor-outdoor living area. And an enclosed porch with a roof is the perfect way to achieve that. 

The idea behind this trend is to expand your living space so that your porch becomes an extension of your home. 

Some designers suggest buying matching or complementary furniture and using same-color accent pieces to tie the two spaces together.

Protection Against Inclement Weather and Pests 

No one wants to feel cooped up in the house on a hot and sunny day, so often the most popular place to hang out is on the porch. It can provide much-welcomed shade while allowing you to still enjoy the outdoors. 

And enclosed porches can protect gatherings in the event of inclement weather, and keep mosquitos and other nasties at bay.


Provided it’s been childproofed, an enclosed porch can provide a safe, secure space for your toddler to experience the outdoors without worrying they will wander away. 

You can enjoy the outdoors too, keeping an eye on your child without having to be hyper-vigilant. Now that’s relaxing!

Encourages Social Interaction

A throwback to simpler times, sitting on your front porch increases the likelihood of socializing with your neighbors. Perhaps commenting on an owner’s dog as they walk along your street will spark a conversation or an invitation to a barbecue they’re planning for the summer.

In modern times, when many of us don’t even know our neighbors’ names, a front porch can serve as a platform for getting to know and building relationships with people who live right next door.


With recommended pandemic safety precautions in mind, a porch can offer a safe place to socially distance with family, friends, and neighbors. 

Calling In The Experts

If you’re considering updating or adding a porch to your home, American Window Products, Inc. can help. 

We have an extensive collection of affordable, high-quality Gorell porch and patio enclosures constructed with vinyl, making them practically maintenance-free while being incredibly durable. 

Our highly-experienced, factory-trained team is ready to install your porch and patio enclosure systems with the highest level of quality and service. Just ask our customers!

We’d love to talk!