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Do You Need a Porch or Patio Roof?

Do You Need a Porch or Patio Roof?

December 18, 2014

New Porch Roof

Porches are great additions to your home for both value and enjoyment; however, it is disappointing when scorching heat, bright sunlight or inclement weather restricts the use of your outdoor areas. While temporary covers and awnings may provide some relief, these are often difficult to maintain and do not hold up for the long term. A roof will last longer and add real value to your home.

Porch Roof

Before attempting to construct a roof over your porch, it’s important to consult a professional builder to ensure the job is done right. Many take the job on as a DIY project only to call in contractors later to fix pitch issues, faulty materials or style issues.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • What type of design do you want? The shape of a roof helps to define your home’s architectural style. Some of the most common roofing designs include gable roofs, which have two sloping surfaces (typically used for Cape Cods and Colonials); hipped roofs, which are sloped from each wall and strong against the wind; gambrel roofs, which have two slopes to each side (often found in French Colonials or ranch homes); and shed roofs, the most frequent design in porch roofs which often appears like a flat roof from the street.
  • What type of materials do you want to use, and do they coordinate with the existing look and feel of your house? The roofing material can enhance or detract from the character of a house. Asphalt shingles or aluminum? Metal roof panels or copper?
  • What electrical needs do you have? Before construction starts, decide if you would like outdoor fans, ceiling lights, and outlets. Don’t forget planning for your holiday lights.
  • What building codes do you need to be aware of? Some cities have very specific rules when it comes to construction, permits and building guidelines.

A new porch roof can completely change the appearance and character of your home. With the proper planning and attention to detail, it could add enjoyment to your home for years to come.