There are many good reasons for adding a porch enclosure to your home. Not only is a cost effective way to add beauty and resale value but it is also an aesthetic and practical home improvement. Porch enclosures can create a special ambiance for entertaining and allow you to enjoy the natural scenery and wildlife of your neighbourhood without leaving the comfort, convenience, and security of your own home. Great in the summer and winter, porch enclosures allow homeowners to create a bit more indoor space in their home.
They also help fight air and noise pollution in your home and give you a dry spot to stand while fumbling for your keys at the end of a long, rainy day. By acting as a buffer zone between your home and weather outside, they can also help to reduce energy costs by improving the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning.
And on top of all that, a properly installed porch enclosure can drastically improve your home security in a number of ways:
1. Forming a Barrier: By locking the outer door you can keep strangers at a distance for easy identification (and avoiding) of salesmen or unwanted quests. This barrier is also a great addition in homes with bedrooms located at the front of the house with windows opening on to the porch. By enclosing the porch, you are offering greater privacy to these rooms.
2. Discourage break-ins: It is easier to install a proper security door in a porch enclosure than by replacing the door frame built into your home. Potential thieves will be on the lookout for places that they can access surreptitiously; if your home features a prominent front enclosure with a door clearly visible from the street, they will have to look elsewhere for an easy target.
3. Motion Sensor lights and cameras: A porch enclosure will give you plenty of options for placement of motion sensitive lights and cameras which will further warn criminals away from your home.
4. Pet access: If you have pets that need frequent access to the outdoors but you worry about them being outdoors all day or during inclement weather, you are probably going to consider a doggy door or cat flap but these options reduce the security of your home greatly and can allow pests to enter your home while you are away. Instead, consider using a porch enclosure and leaving a window open for them to come and go as they please. While they will not have access to the inside of your home, they are free to hide from the rain or lie in the sun as they please without leaving your home unsecured.
I hope you will consider this home improvement for your next project: not only will it add space and security to your home; it will cut energy bills and provide a cozy retreat in which you can enjoy nature without the inconvenience of wind, weather and noise!