Beautiful decks and covered porches create outside luxury
A covered porch offers a great transition to the outside or backyard. Especially when it’s raining, you can just run up the walk and jump into shelter without worrying about getting wet or having muddy nasty shoes on a clean floor.
A covered porch is great for rocking chairs, lazy days and lemonade. It is the quiet resting place for the family. Built on the front, it is the perch from which the goings-on of the neighborhood can be surveyed; off the back it can expand a family room or den.
If built correctly, a deck can be a serious enhancement to the home’s curb appeal or overall value. Part of the planning process involves placement of the porch-front, side or back-as well as porch size, type, style and material.
There are many big decisions involved in the process and construction of such a spacious area. Some homeowners will begin the porch project with a clear thought on location. For a home in desperate need of some curb appeal or rehabbing, the front porch may be a no-brainer.
For others, the porch might be built over an existing deck in the back of the home. But this big investment deserves a little location consideration and can be subject to limitations.
Size limitations or not, nothing makes a first impression quite like a front porch or that of a covered porch.
Building a deck? Three simple steps stand between you and your vision. Let your imagination take the reins: design and price the deck you can call home.
Trex is the country’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, marketed under the brand name Trex. The company was formed in 1996 through the buyout of a division of Mobil Corporation and went public in 1999. Trex Company is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with manufacturing facilities in Fernley, Nevada and Winchester, Virginia. Trex turns millions of pounds of recycled and reclaimed plastic and waste wood each year into Trex products. Most of these raw materials come from recovered plastic grocery bags, plastic film, and waste wood fiber.
Trex Company purchases approximately 300 million pounds of used polyethylene and an equal amount of hardwood sawdust each year, materials that would normally end up in a landfill. The company recycles over 1.3 billion grocery retail bags annually.