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Jun 7, 2005
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Porch enclosures

I wonder what are the major differences between the all glass enclosures and those typical ones I see with vinyl/aluminium panels.

I personally like the look of all glass, and I assume it will be more expensive. I wonder if there is any drawback with it.

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Nothing to contribute, but I would go with all glass if money is no object.
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One is like a shower and one is like a room. Example, the shower is not sealed against wind unlike the room.
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The aluminum ones are gross AF. The glass one looks a million times better.
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There used to be a dude on this forum that does porch enclosures for a living.

Several RFDers got theirs done through him and gave him great reviews. I wonder if he's still around.

But yeah, I wonder how well the all glass ones hold up against strong storms.
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The second one is beyond horrible. The first one looks like a shower enclosure, but at least its better than no. 2.
Most of the time, I see people using option no. 2. They never, never, never, look good. I wouldn't even consider either one.
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the glass one is very modern and nice but does not have much ventilation of letting out trapped heat (.. think of it like a sauna effect). This could be a big issue if the sun shines directly onto the front and trapping hot air inside the enclosed area for like 10+ hrs every day. Your door, windows (if any) and paint could have accelerated wear issue down the road
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The first one would look good (IMO) if this was an entrance to an office or a boutique, the second one is just plain ugly. I am also not sure what practical purpose they serve at the entrance, sunroom in the back is a different story.
Modern glass on traditional house looks just out of place.
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heavier and breakable for glass but looks cleaner and expensive
lighter and durable for vinyl/aluminium panels , look cheap and cheaper in price
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first one is most likely temper glass, more expensive.

second one is regular glass and just look ugly nowadays - from the 80s
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I think these things almost always look terrible.
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I saw first hand a frameless glass enclosure smashed to bits when the front door was caught by the wind. It was a crazy windy day.
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The first one is very nice
But my concerns would be that’s it not really practical
With no means of air circulation, it’s not much more than a glass sauna come Summer

I personally, like the retractable invisible screens that are so common place all over the US South
Whether you have a back patio type situation, where the screens go from the ceiling to the floor
Or a regular front porch with railings, where the screens go either ceiling to floor, or just down to the header of the railings / side walls

These systems are truly awesome

Screens when you want / need them
And gone when you don’t
And not ugly at all

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The standard version in that picture is easily 10k-12k or more installed. The glass one, enclosing a smaller area, is probably $15k.

For what they cost, I don’t really like them (and we sell and install them).
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I would much rather have something where the brick/stone fascia goes up halfway, with large windows that have small portions that could open, rather than floor to ceiling glass,
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The longer you look at the second one, the uglier it gets.
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I would go with a solid(wood or stone) 1/3 way up and wood framed windows for the rest of the way up to make it look traditional. It can be done right and look appropriate but neither of the 2 examples provided meet that criteria. Walk around some of the older downtown neighbourhoods and you will see the odd example that looks decent. The ones that were done 50-100 years ago are sometimes tastefully done.
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Those photos are apples and oranges. The first one has the benefit of the stone columns and relatively short spans of glass. The second one has a much longer portion. That needs to be covered so I’m not sure all glass is even possible.
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The first one (all glass) definitely looks better than the second, however, as others have pointed out, both have their drawbacks. Both will be a sauna but the first will be worse. The vinyl/aluminum is plain ugly. IMO just leave your porch as is. You went ahead and spent the money to have a home with a porch, why enclose it?
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I really don't see the point of these enclosures.

Are people going to actually be sitting in them? There doesn't look like much room, and wouldn't you rather sit someplace that has more privacy?
In the summer it'll be hot, and I'm sure it'll be cold in the winter.

Plus, I don't think it looks all the great to begin with.

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