What Is The Difference Between A Porch Or A Patio

Dated: 09/28/2017

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When you are looking for a home, you will see a home maybe with a front porch, back porch or maybe a patio. Know the Distinction before visiting the residents- The words are sometimes used interchangeably. 

But a patio and a porch are not the same by definition. At home, both provide a spot to enjoy the outdoors near the indoors, and that's almost where the similarities end. Understanding the differences, however, can broaden your architectural design smarts.

  • A porch is typically constructed at any entryway and attached to the home. It may be covered or not, and screened or not. 

  • A patio , on the other hand, is constructed in or on the ground directly beside or slightly out from the home, such as around an in-ground pool.

  • It may be made from practically any hard material, including poured concrete, paving blocks, flat rocks, bricks or gravel set in the earth.

  • Wood decks, even those constructed on the ground, are not patios. 

  • Depending on codes, decks and porches that are 2 feet or higher typically must have a railing.

  • The home construction and design industry makes a distinction between the terms "porch" and "patio".

  • As construction styles vary widely, there will be overlap in the definitions, but in general, a porch is part of the home's structure and serves as an entryway to the home.

  • A patio is a paved or hardscaped  surface and is not part of the structure but often next to it.

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