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Screened Porch or 3-Season Room?


Screened porches and 3-season rooms are the most requested outdoor rooms we build here at Archadeck of Northeast Dallas-Southlake. With this popularity in mind, we are often asked by our clients to differentiate between the two structures. What constitutes a screened porch? How would you define a three season room? What are the differences between the two structures?

What are screened porches called?

Interpretation can sometimes become cloudy when it comes to screened porches and 3-season rooms. This is because these designations could be different, depending on where you live and even which builder you ask. In some parts of the country, you might find that builders consider screened porches to be 3-season rooms. At Archadeck of NE Dallas-Southlake, however, we define them separately, but they are not mutually exclusive. We might also call a screened porch a screened room, screened patio, screened-in-patio, outdoor room, screened-in porch or lanai.

Screened porches vs. 3-season rooms


By our definition, a screened porch is simply a roofed structure with screened openings allowing air to flow within the space. Screened porches are great for keeping insects at bay, which is especially important in our area because of bothersome mosquitoes, Another benefit of a screened porch is that it can also be used in less-than-perfect weather. They offer protection from the elements with an open-air feel. Archadeck screened porches can be completely customized to your design tastes and outdoor living specifications. You can choose a rustic, traditional screened porch with wood framing and flooring or more elaborate finishes such as hardscape floors, finished wood ceilings, and outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. No matter your need, we can accommodate.


A 3-season room is also a screened porch, but with a little something extra. With the addition of vinyl windows, your screened porch or patio takes on the qualities of a sunroom, without the commitment of building an actual conditioned sunroom home addition. With Eze-Breeze windows, you’ll be protected from the elements. You can enclose your screened porch on cool, sunny days to create a solarium. On mild days, you can slide the windows open, revealing up to 75% screens, to allow pleasant breezes to flow through your room. The choice is yours.


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 increased usability of your screened space with the added protection of a window system? It really comes down to your true needs and desires in regards to the way you want to use 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 windows is a huge plus!

If you’re ready to explore what your screened porch and three season room possibilities, start a conversation with us today! You can reach us at at (972) 433-7526,