Porches provide a visually appealing and functional entrance to your house.

If you’re thinking of adding a porch to your house, there are a few things to consider first, such as cost, function, and planning approval. Take a look at some of the major benefits of adding a porch to your house, as well as crucial things to think about before beginning a project:

What is a porch?

A porch is a covered entrance that extends from the main structure of your home. It is often a single-story building that takes up little space, designed to provide more room and greater heat conservation around the entrance to your home. They can also have sides and a roof cover but an open front to protect from the weather.

Porches can be found in a variety of structures, from magnificent entrances to churches and cathedrals to modern residential properties. Their popularity stems from the utilitarian benefits they give as well as the attractive architectural element they add to the front of your home. There is plenty of room for personalisation with so many styles and building materials to choose from.

Advantages of a porch

Many houses have porches if you wander around any residential area. Porches are a common feature in the United Kingdom, and for good reason. There are several advantages to adding a porch to a house; here are a few of the more important ones:


One of the most significant advantages of having a porch is the additional layer of security it provides to your home, especially if it is enclosed. Due to the two doors required to access your house, your porch essentially doubles the security of your front entry. Both doorways may be outfitted with sturdy uPVC doors and locking mechanisms. Porches with glass and side windows also have the benefit of allowing you to see who is at your door before allowing them in.


Porches, while not large in size, may offer important storage space to your home. Whether it’s bulky jackets, dirty boots, or children’s outdoor toys, a porch is an ideal spot to store goods that you may not want or have room for elsewhere in your house. A porch provides a useful extra space between the outside and your living area, especially if your front entrance goes directly into a room or kitchen.

Energy efficiency:

Porches may enhance your home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat loss via your front door. A porchway will assist keep heat from escaping if you have an older property that is prone to draughts, an old front door, or a family with a lot of people coming and going. Reducing heat loss can result in lower heating expenses. When you enter your porch front door, close it behind you, and then open your internal front door, you are conserving as much heat as possible within your home.


Porches are, of course, functional, but many people select them for their aesthetic appeal. They can also increase the value of your property. Instead of a basic front door, a well-built porch will enhance the front of your home, providing an attractive and welcoming entryway. Porches are an architectural element in and of themselves and can be built to match any style or age of home.


Many porches are built with a lot of glass to let in a lot of light and bridge the gap between inside and outside. You may appreciate the additional light flow and brighter front rooms with a new internal entrance door that also features plenty of glass.

How to add a porch to your house

When it comes to adding a porch to your home, you should use an experienced contractor like the SL Group. Despite their small size, porches require a range of materials and construction techniques.

The SL Group team can assist you in designing and constructing the ideal porch for your home. We have a wide range of materials, designs, and colours to pick from. Our specialists can assist you in adding a stylish and secure porch to your house, with additional choices for glass, uPVC doors, roofing, brickwork & stonework, and other entryway shapes – simply get in touch.

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