What Can I Expect a Screen Porch to Cost?
With supply chain issues and costs going north, many factors play into the cost of a screened porch. More than anything, location plays a big role in the cost of a screen room. Having said that, on average, a screened-in pressure-treated wood porch will run about $150 per square foot in Maryland or Virginia. Here are some other key factors to consider:
1. Material Costs Make a Big Difference
An average 16’ x 16’ screened-in porch will cost around $45,000 with pressure-treated wood and not a lot of accessories. If you opt for higher end materials, such as exotic hardwood, Zuri decking, or steel framing, and put in special features, such as infrared heaters or a wrought iron handrail system, the price tag can climb to $55,000 or even higher.
2. Don’t Skimp on Size
Of course, the size of your porch is a significant factor in pricing, but you don’t want to build a porch that’s too small for your needs. Start by determining how you plan to use the porch and what furniture you want in it. For instance, if you want a table and sitting area, a 16’ x 20’ porch is a good size. If you opt for a 12’ x 12’ just to save money, it’s going to be difficult to use no matter what you do.
3. Be Open about Your Budget
Many people are wary about telling their contractor their budget. They think, If I tell you my budget is $35,000, then you’ll make it cost that much.
By being upfront about your budget, though, the contractor can help you get the most for your money, steering you clear of expensive materials and features that don’t make sense for you. They can also offer helpful financial workarounds, such as adding a stop point to your project. The key is to find a contractor you trust and are willing to work with.
4. Consider How Long You’ll Be in the Home
If you plan to sell in a few years, then investing in a material that saves you maintenance costs over the next thirty years doesn’t make as much sense. Decorative frills and electrical features can be nice additions, but they do add up quickly. They also typically don’t improve your return on investment when it comes time to sell your home.
5. Don’t Build on an Existing Frame
It just doesn’t make sense. It’s the cheapest part of the project, but it’s also the most important to the integrity of your porch. If your frame was built a decade ago or more, there have been significant improvement to construction and building codes since then, and it’s also likely the support is rotting underground. You’d be building a new porch on a substandard structure.
Other Key Pricing Considerations When Building a Screen Porch
Many factors can influence the final price of your project. Take all of them into consideration before you begin a project, including these:
Compare Comparable Screen Porch Bids
When comparing bids, don't just jump at the lowest bid. First, make sure you’re actually looking at comparable services. The price should include:
- All plans
- The permit
Clean-up is a significant factor many contractors don’t add to their bids, but you should ensure it’s included.
Inspection of the condition and quality of your porch ought to be planned at regular intervals, and for that, you can hire a local inspector. For example, someone who lives in the Maryland region should go for lead inspection Baltimore.
Factor in Exterior Damage and Repair
A construction crew walking in and out of your yard every day can leave your backyard destroyed. (Think dirt everywhere, shoe tracks, and dead grass.)
A good contractor will budget between $500 and $1,500 for possible yard repairs, which can include re-sodding and seeding to return the yard to the way they found it.
Design Builders now uses steel footers through PierTech, where possible. By avoiding the need to dig huge holes, this process cuts down dramatically on the damage caused to your backyard. Instead, we drill steel footers into the ground until we hit rock. You can learn more about PierTech steel footers here.
Key Screen Porch Pricing Takeaways
When you want to cut back on costs, look at materials first. After all, you can get the same exact space and the same exact room for a lot less money just by changing the materials.
The key is determining your needs, the features that really matter to you, and what’s really worth the investment…for you. If you’re working with an experienced, trusted contractor, they can help guide you to the best and most cost-effective solution.
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