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Porch Roof Options

Updated: Mar 27

Porches and Gazebos are a very welcome addition to your outdoor living. There are indeed a great many ways to come up with great outdoor living ideas. You can get the best of both worlds by having an indoor/outdoor room. These structures usually have much stricter code requirements than your regular decks and can cost quite a lot more than your regular decks. When considering front porch ideas it is imperative to consider the budget and the material constraints. A porch however a welcome addition would add strain to your existing deck platform. Decking such as tanzanite stone deck tiles or Composite decking would hold rather well however any wooden platform would need additional reinforcement for your deck.

Porch Roof Options

Adding a porch roof can provide extra space and shade to move around on your deck. You can enjoy the outdoors no matter what the weather. The most basic gable end porches shade water and snow and create a sanctuary from the sun. Some designers even add screen walls to preserve the breeze while keeping mosquitos or other pests and parasites at bay. Tongue and groove cedar is the perfect material to provide finishing for a vaulted porch ceiling. Vinyl or aluminum soffits can be outfitted to reduce maintenance and some high-end porches even feature fans, canned light fixtures, and even cable TV.


Gazebo structures can be built entirely as a standalone or enclosed area beside outside decks. Octagon gazebos are very popular as they provide ample space and shade and are usually built using cedarwood materials. There are several options available in screen windows, doors, trim molding, and a wide variety of roof designs that are sometimes even prefabricated. These are all available as a bundle in an easy to build kit that anyone can DIY themselves.


The style and size of your porch depend entirely on your lifestyle and your own budget.


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A porch very simply put is a deck with a more robust and serious roof that completely shields out rain and snow and is directly attached to the house. Unattached roof structures are usually called gazebos and pavilions which is the main differentiating factor between what constitutes a porch or a gazebo and a pavilion. A porch may have open sides, be screened in, and given windows or windows storm panes that are installed for part of the year a back porch is typically deck-like in shape and size, so it can accommodate elements like a dining table, spa, fireplace and perhaps a grill. A front porch is usually a narrow space with room for chairs and small tables. Although this is not a hard and fast rule. The great attraction of a porch is that you can enjoy an outdoor setting even when the weather is imperfect. Although it is not a rule set in stone the great thing about a porch is that it allows you to enjoy the outdoors. Even when the weather is imperfect or when mosquitos are swarming. For that reason, many deck builders tell us that customers are leaning more towards porches these days, and that porches are becoming a huge part of the businesses. A porch roof also lets you add features that might not work on an open deck. For instance you can have an overhead fan. Other amenities such as lights, stereo speakers and television or even electrical outlets for appliances are a great part of these decks.


You should consider building a porch roof over an existing part of the deck. That way you can enjoy the open air and even have shade from the forces of nature.


A backyard porch with a great roof with a breadboard ceiling made of stained natural wood as well as a thick beam in the middle would be a great deck idea. It would not only be pleasing to look at but also to tread on, making the allure of your deck even more. Recessed light and low hanging fans or even pedestal or ceiling fans can be installed to keep the deck cool and well lit at any time of the year. You can even install heating for such decks to make them equipped for all times. A fireplace would be a great addition for such a place especially if it is a deck made of stone tile but any decking should work.


You can create a fully screened porch to keep bugs out. These screens can be slid to let the fresh air in or even for you to look at everything better. This type of deck works great with heating as the screening can keep some of the heating inside. Additionally, you can install lights, a cable TV to give it more of an open lounge feeling with a great view of the outside.


Your house’s original brick exterior can also serve as a great wall for a porch. This provides great contrast and also a form of the design to keep consistent between these changing spaces.


You can have your porch on an entirely different level of the house with a staircase leading up to them. This creates a great viewing platform but also provides great ventilation for your decking as it is higher up. The deck stairs also provide a very great way to accentuate your decking as these have an entirely new space that you can decorate very separately.


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