Porches, Decks, and Patios: The Pros and Cons of Installing Each


With such beautiful year-round weather in Glendale, AZ, it’s no wonder why so many people extend their indoor living spaces to the outdoors. Porches, patios, and decks provide an outdoor place to sit and enjoy the view, sunbathe by the pool, or entertain friends and family. Central Self Storage has a few tips on which structure could work best for your home and how our storage units can help in the process.

Porches, Patios, or Decks: Which to Choose?


Porches typically have covered roofs and are intended for use as outdoor entertainment spaces. You can screen them in and keep out bugs and wind-blown debris. They’re also easy to maintain and increase your living space. However, they’re costly to install, require routine painting, and more prone to termite damage.


Patios don’t have covered roofs, so you’ll have an open view of your backyard. You can have them custom built to suit your yard space, and they’re easy to maintain and last for years as long as you take care of them. However, you can only build them on flat terrain, and Glendale’s extreme heat makes them prone to cracking.


Decks attach to your home and increase the resale value of your property. Because they’re raised off the ground, you can build them on uneven terrain. You can also build them in levels with steps that lead to the pool. However, decks don’t have roofs to shelter you. They’re also costly to build and require regular maintenance, such as yearly staining. They’re also prone to damage from termites and other wood-boring insects.

Make Extra Space With Central Self Storage

Whether you add a porch, a patio, or a deck to your home, you’ll have somewhere to enjoy the weather in Glendale, AZ. If clutter is in the way or you need to store a few things like outdoor furniture until the structure is built, our storage units make the perfect short- and long-term solution. We’ll keep your belongings locked up and have them ready to go once you’ve completed your outdoor living space.