Do You Know What a Porch, Balcony, Veranda, Patio, or Deck are?

It is common to find a homeowner and his/her household seated on the balcony, porch, veranda, patio, or deck.

They will sit around a table discussing one topic or another as they enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, tea or a beer on a spring, summer, autumn or winter evening.

That said, few people could differentiate a balcony from a porch or veranda, patio, or deck. These are common living spaces in a home, but some people even err by using them interchangeably.

According to Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors, a residential roofing contractor in Oklahoma City, OK, they have certain similarities, but they are not the same. We would like you to apply them appropriately and, therefore, let us take some time to explain each one of them separately.

The porch

Derived from Old French porche and Latin word porta or passage, a porch is a living space, often with shielded from the elements by a shelter, constructed from the external walls in the front of the entrance of a house or building.

It is often an enclosed living room created by building material, be it wood or metal, walls, columns, or screens complete with large windows, a screen, or other such building material linked to the main house frame.

The balcony

With its origins in Italian balcone, a balcony is a platform protruding from the outside of a building, complete with its own walls or a railing held together by balusters and supported by columns or console brackets.

Usually located above the ground floor of a building, balconies are essentially small living spaces, and homeowners rarely use them to entertain guests or host a social gathering.

The conventional or Maltese balcony is made from wood and projects from a wall.

On the other hand, the Juliet balcony, which derives its name from William Shakespeare’s Juliet, is often part of an upper floor, shielded only at the front with a high window, which opens onto a metal barrier.

The veranda

The word has two spelling versions verandah and veranda. The latter version with a letter “h” is, however, the one widely used. ’ also being correct, although the version without an ‘h’ is usually preferred.

It is a raised area to the level of the ground floor to create a kind of platform along the outside of a house. It commonly stretches across the front of the house, though in some cases it can extend across both the front and the sides of the house.

A veranda usually has a roof and a railing enclosure around it.

 The patio

Though in Spanish it means inner courtyard, a patio is an area paved a short distance from the house, which the hosts use to entertaining visitors to a meal or other recreation activities. To pave a patio one can use concrete, stone slabs, bricks, block paving, tiles or cobbles with shade or canopy.

Homeowners give their patios a touch of natural beauty by donning them with pot plants and outdoor furniture.

The deck

A deck is a floor or a flat platform linked to a house made of only wood or lumber. It is a surface raised from the ground. It is usually made such that it creates room for a barbecue or barbecue, dining and seating space. They often have a wooden or metal railing and may have a canopy.

Now that you know the difference between these terms, it is time to protect yours with a roof. Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors, the best roofing company in Oklahoma City, OK, will gladly assist you in the process.