Use of screened and glassed porches

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Rose Holley McDonald (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Clara Ridder

Abstract: A comparative study of the use of twenty screened and of twenty glassed porches in a selected area of Greensboro, North Carolina, was made to determine the amount of time spent and the kind of activities for which such porches are used. All of the glassed and ten of the screened porch owners preferred glassed porches. Fourteen of the glassed porches had at one time been screened. The main advantages of glassed porches over the screened were year-round use, cleanliness, all weather use, weather control, and lack of pollen problems. Limited ventilation was the main disadvantage. Screened porch owners indicated that the smell of fresh air and the feeling of air circulation were their main advantages. Disadvantages of screened porches were lack of year-round use, lack of protection from blowing rain, and the necessity of taking plants inside in winter. According to estimation of owners, glassed and screened porches were used daily an average of 3.28 and 2.24 hours, respectively. June was the month of greatest use with May, July, August, September, and October following closely for both kinds of porches. Screened porches were rarely used in December, January, and February. Most popular activities on both kinds of porches were relaxing, reading, entertaining, and eating.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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