Screened porch & 3-season room?

What is the difference between a screened porch and 3-season room?


Screened porches and 3-season rooms are two popular outdoor rooms we build at Archadeck of Central SC. We are often asked to differentiate between the two structures. What constitutes a screened porch? What is the true definition of a 3-season room in central South Carolina?

What are screened porches called?

Interpretation is sometimes 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 Central SC, we define them separately, but they are not mutually exclusive. We might also call a screened porch a screened room, outdoor room, or screened-in porch.

Screened porch vs. 3-season room


By our definition, a screened porch is simply a roofed porch with screened walls. Screened porches are perfect for keeping insects at bay and can also be used in less-than-perfect weather. They offer protection from the elements with an open-air feel. Archadeck of Central SC 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 or more elaborate finishes such as ceramic tile floors, finished wood ceilings, and outdoor fireplaces. No matter your need, Archadeck of Central SC can accommodate.

A 3-season room is a screened porch, but with a little something extra. With the addition of vinyl windows, your screened porch takes on the air of a sunroom, without the commitment of building an actual 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.

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 windows? It really comes down to your true needs for 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 must!


Screened porch options

At Archadeck of Central SC, you have many screened porch options. 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 mentioned above. If you are considering a screened in porch update for your Columbia area home, we offer quite a few options! Whether you are building a new porch from scratch, or simply adding a new window system to your existing porch, we offer solutions for both!

Aluminum screened porches


If you are looking for an affordable, low-maintenance screened porch, consider our aluminum screened porch enclosures or our Renaissance patio enclosures. With our aluminum screened porches, we custom design your porch to suit your preferences and requirements. Each porch is a custom size and shape and offers the flexibility of using materials matching those of your home, such as your roof and trim colors. We can build our aluminum screened porches with screens only, or with window enclosures for use practically year-round. Renaissance patio enclosures offer an attractive, durable line-up of standard design choices for ease of installation and cost savings.


Get in touch with Archadeck of Central SC today to discuss your new screened porch or three season room addition! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at [email protected]

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