The cost of installing a porch can run you around $20,000 on average. With that type of dough on the line, it’s important to nail down a porch roofing style that will protect your investment and make you happy.
Adding a porch will increase your home’s value, extend your living area and create an outdoor space for you and your family to relax, play, and entertain. If this sounds like the right move for you, read on and dig into the hard facts about porch roofing.
Porch Roof Types
Roofing material is the crown jewel of the porch roof. It will improve the curb appeal of your home and ultimately protect your investment for years of enjoyable use.
This is the most common roofing material. It is durable, long-lasting and inexpensive. While not the most attractive of roofing materials, this is an economical choice that will get the job done.
Metal roofs are desirable for their toughness, aesthetic appeal, and their long lifespan. Metal roofs are expensive but with a life span of over 30 years, they will give your porch the proper protection it needs for years to come.
Cedar shingles are undoubtedly one of the most attractive roofing options. While the lifespan of cedar shakes is greater than that of asphalt, it is more expensive and harder to maintain.
This porch roofing is susceptible to mold and mildew growth, along with water damage.
Styles of Porch Roofing
There are different porch roof types to match the style of your home. Your porch should also reflect your personality. It is the first thing guests and passers-by see when they approach your home. Let’s take a minute and discuss the different styles of porch roofs.
Gable Porch Roof
This is by far the most common roof style in the US. This design works well with many of the Colonial and Cape style houses. This roof is a triangle shape that is wider than it is tall. The ends extend over the edges of the porch so water can flow, keeping your outdoor living area free from the elements.
This roof style requires support posts to hold it up. These support posts can add style and beauty to your home.
Shed Style Porch Roof
This type of roof is best for long narrow porches. The upper end of the roof is attached to the house, creating a single sloping roof towards the front of the porch. Think of a log cabin, rocking chair banjo picker optional.
This is a simple design that only requires removing a section of the house siding to securely fasten the porch roof to the house.
Flat Porch Roof
This style of roof is usually found on single story flat-fronted houses. It is not usually found in areas with high snowfall, so check local laws in your area before installing a porch roof of the flat variety.
Kick Back and Relax
Designing and building your own porch roof can be a daunting task. If you have questions about porch roofing and how to get started, contact us and we’ll be glad to help!