What To Know Before Hiring A Screened-In Porch Contractor

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Iowa residents know relaxing in a screened-in porch is a great way to enjoy indoor/outdoor living. At Midwest Builders, we are local screened-in porch contractors who can build the custom screen porch of your dreams.

What is a screened-in porch?

A screened porch, also called a screened-in porch or screened patio, is an outdoor space covered by window screens. The screens keep bugs, leaves, debris and other objects from entering the porch area. 

The porch’s screens allow air to pass through the room, giving users the feeling of being out doors while also excluding irritating aspects of the outdoors, such as mosquitoes and flies.

Much like patios, screened in porches can either be elevated or on ground level. Often screened-in porches are found at the rear of a home, but may also be constructed on the side or front.

Why should I add a screened porch to my home?

Screened in porches provide a number of benefits. They offer:

  • Shelter from direct sunlight
  • A barrier from insects
  • More privacy than a traditional deck or patio
  • Additional living space
  • Potential increase of your home's value
  • Increased curb appeal
  • A protected space to grow houseplants
  • An outdoor space to use during rainy weather
  • A quiet, personal space to enjoy nature

How much does it cost to add a screened porch?

The cost of a screened porch starts at around $10,000, but a number of different factors can determine the price including the size of the porch and material costs. If upgrading an existing porch to a screened-in porch, footings occasionally need to be upgraded to meet city building standards, which can add to the cost of the project. Midwest Builders offers free estimates to help you better understand the cost of your specific project.

How long does it take to build a screened-in porch?

Though the time frame can vary depending upon the size and scope of the project. On average, it takes one week to build a screened-in porch.

Can I turn an existing porch into a screened-in porch?

You can turn an existing porch or deck into a screened-in porch. Decks and porches that are open to the elements can only be used when weather conditions permit. At Midwest Builders, we can convert existing porches or decks into screened porches. During the conversion process, we will ensure your existing porch meets all city code requirements and make any necessary changes.

How is a screened porch different from a three-season room?

The difference between a screened-in porch and three-season room are the windows. Three-season rooms have traditional glass windows (which often have built-in screens in addition to the glass) while screened-in porches only have screens. At Midwest Builders, we also offer custom three-season room construction.

How do I choose a screened-in porch contractor?

When looking for a builder, it’s important to find a company that will work with you directly and answer any of your questions. At Midwest Builders, we pride ourselves in our commitment to our customers.

We have offered complete building services to Des Moines and the surrounding Iowa area since 1954.  We offer a full-size indoor showroom which allows customers to see our work.

Call Midwest Builders at (515) 289-0100 and get started on your screen porch project today. Whether you want a space to read, relax, rest, socialize or enjoy nature, we will customize a screened-in porch for you.

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