Porch roof options

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you're adding a porch or already have one, the design and materials you use in the creation of your porch roof can affect the entire look of your house. Some styles and porch materials work better in certain regions and climates. Do your research on what works best in your area before you build.

Add On

Depending on the slope and design of your current roof, adding your porch roof to your current roof could be an option. Porch roofs which continue the structure of the current roof are often added when the roofing materials for the main roof are replaced, so the roofing material colour and wear match. Add-on roofing materials vary by climate and location but can include aluminium, shingles or shakes.

Make It Steep

If you live in a colder climate or have an older home, a steep porch roof may provide additional weather protection. Steep, two-sided roofs, like gable or shed roofs, have steep slopes on either side which allow snow and ice to slide off instead of sitting, protecting the roof from weather damage. Because steep roofs are more popular in colder climates, cold weather roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, are more commonly used on gable roofs than warm weather materials, such as aluminium.

Go with a Hip

If you want to add a bit of detail or more dimension to your roof, a hip roof may be the choice for you. With three separate slopes which slope down from the top, hip roofs are the favoured choice in places that often experience high winds, since hip roofs withstand wind well. If you already have a hip-style roof on your home, a hip roof on your porch can mimic the look, creating a consistent home exterior.

Use the Space

If you're adding a large outdoor space or your porch is big, think about using your roof as an additional outdoor space. Turn your porch roof into an outdoor balcony or rooftop terrace, complete with plants. If you have the cash, create a rooftop garden, or go green with a green roof made of soil and grass. But, before you begin your creative porch roof project, be sure to check building regulations and porch roof climate requirements. Flat rooftop terraces work better in some climates than in others.

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