Choose your roof style, too!
The basic difference between a deck and a porch is location: a porch is located at the front of a house and is a covered area where guests can stand before entering the home. A deck is in the back or on the side of the house, and it is more of a recreational or living area. While both can have a similar design, decks are more often not covered, whereas a porch is very often covered. A deck and a porch can essentially be made into one unit if the porch is a wraparound porch that extends to the side of the house.