What to Consider When Adding a Roof to a Porch, Patio, or Deck

July 5, 2019

Summer is a great season to tackle some of those home projects that have been sitting on your to-do list. When it comes to your roof, this is an opportune time to make small repairs or even schedule a routine inspection to ensure that your roof is in its best shape! 

Now is also a popular time for homeowners to consider remodeling their homes, like adding a roof to a porch, patio, or deck. Adding a roof over an outdoor space can add value to your home and it can also set up your outdoor space to be converted into an indoor space later on. So if you’re considering upgrading your outdoor living spaces by adding a roof, here are some things to consider. 

Find a Contractor

You can find many DIY tutorials and videos online when it comes to adding a patio or porch roof. Even if you’re confident in your own DIY skills, though, it’s still best to consult with an expert. While a porch or patio may seem to have a smaller square footage than your whole house, you want to make sure that your roof is sturdy and can handle harsher weather conditions. A poorly designed porch roof can end up with leaks and other construction problems. It can also lead to undesirable mistakes like ugly roof lines or a post that blocks the view of a window. 

While IBEX Roof doesn’t specialize in roof design and framing, we can recommend general contractors to help you get started. Hiring a local contractor is beneficial because they will know the rules and regulations of local building codes that you’ll need to consider for your roofing project. 

Get the Proper Permits

You will likely need a permit any time you add some type of structure to your home. As mentioned above, it helps to consult or work with a local contractor who can tell you what types of permits you’ll need before starting your project. You can also visit your local building department to look up what types of home renovation projects require a permit. 

Consider Your Design

The design of your porch and porch roof should flow with the rest of your house design. Depending on where your outdoor space is, you may also need to take special considerations when it comes to the roof slope. 

Generally, you’ll want to match or compliment the pitch and roof design with the rest of your home. Windows, doors, siding types, and unseen framing details can also severely impact the design of your porch, so it’s best to plan ahead and know what you’d like your finished product to be.

Get Started Today

We love our IBEX Roof customers and want to make sure your home roofing projects are completed to last. After working on thousands of roofs around Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, we know what you’ll need to consider when designing a roof for the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today at 360-218-3104 to see how we can help you get started on your next roofing project.

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