Open Accessibility Menu

Screened Porch Addition VS Three Season Room Addition

Custom screened porch with dining table and seating area

Screened porches and 3-season rooms are two popular outdoor rooms that we build at Archadeck of Birmingham. With that popularity in mind, we are often asked to differentiate between the two structures. What constitutes a screened porch? Likewise, what is the true definition of a 3-season room?

What are screened porches?

Interpretation is sometimes cloudy when it comes to screened porches and 3-season rooms. This is because their standards could be different, depending on what part of the country you reside in and even which builder you ask. In some parts of the country, you might find builders consider screened porches to be 3-season rooms. At Archadeck of Birmingham however, we define them separately, but they are not mutually exclusive. You might also hear us call a screened porch a screened room, outdoor room or screened-in porch. These references are one and the same in our book!

Screened porch vs. 3-season room

Screened porch with arc windows

By our definition, a screened porch is a roofed porch with screened openings. Screened porches are perfect for keeping insects at bay and can also be used in times of inclement weather. They offer protection from the elements with an open-air feel. Archadeck of Birmingham’s screened porches can be completely customized to your design and outdoor living specifications. You can choose a rustic, traditional screened porch with wood framing and flooring, an all-cedar porch or even more elaborate finishes, such as composite decking floors or elaborately finished wood ceilings. You can even take the details of your custom design a step further by integrating an outdoor fireplace into your porch or trending custom barn doors. No matter your need, or desire may be, Archadeck of Birmingham can accommodate!

Farmhouse screened porch with barn door

A 3-season room is still a screened porch, but with a little something extra. Through the addition of a window system your screened porch takes on the air of a sunroom but without the commitment of building an actual sunroom interior home addition. Archadeck of Birmingham uses the Eze-Breeze window system for our custom three season room additions. Eze-Breeze windows can be utilized to protect you from the elements, or to enclose your screened porch on cool, sunny days to create a solarium. On mild days, they can be slid open – up or down – to 75% to allow pleasant breezes to flow through your room —giving you the best of both worlds.

Custom Eze breeze room

Man thinking about a screened porch

— Are you dreaming of a screened or 3-season porch? Archadeck of Birmingham can make it a reality!

Screened porch addition vs. 3-season room addition

Choosing between a screened porch and a 3-season room depends on your intended use. Do you simply wish to use your space on mild-weather days, or those that are minimally inclement? Or would you rather have more hours and improved usability of your screened space with the added protection of windows? It really comes down to your needs for using your space. If you long to be outdoors on sunny days, too cool to enjoy on your deck or patio, a screened porch built with a window system is a must!

Screened porch options

screened porch interior

At Archadeck of Birmingham, you have many screened porch options. As mentioned above, we can add custom designer materials, electrical hook-ups, and even a fireplace to your porch. Screened porches built with Eze-Breeze windows are very popular for the benefits we already mentioned. If you are considering a screened-in porch update for your Birmingham area home we offer many options! Whether you are building a new screened porch from scratch, or simply adding a new window system to your existing porch, we offer solutions for both!

front entry screened porch

We want to be your Birmingham-area screened porch and 3-season room builder. Call Archadeck of Birmingham for a free design consultation at (205) 576-5780 or email us at We look forward to creating the porch lifestyle you deserve!

Archadeck of Birmingham owners

— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners of Archadeck of Birmingham