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Screen Porch with Hip Roof adjoins Patio Deck, Project by Archadeck

Screen Porch with Hip Roof adjoins Patio Deck, Project by Archadeck

In our post last week, “Screen Porch Ceiling Options” we discussed flat and elevated ceilings, open and exposed rafters, typical building materials and extra amenities such as lights with fans.

So today let’s ‘cover’ the outside of the ceiling — the roof.

OK.  Bad pun.  Groans are in order and back to the topic at hand – screen porch roofs.

For the last several years, screened porches — with or without a deck — are uber-trendy.  Porches are simply a fantastic and cost-effective way to incorporate permanent shade and protection, creating an outdoor room with indoor comforts.

Screen Porch with Shed Roof by Archadeck

Screen Porch with Shed Roof by Archadeck

And it all starts with the roof.

So naturally, a frequently asked question for Archadeck is:

“Which roof design is best for my screened-in porch project?”  And the answer is… “It depends.”

But first let’s outline and define the basic roof options:

  • Shed
  • Gable
  • Hip

A shed roof is a low roof connection with a simple design.  It’s flat but slopes downward, and in only one direction, to draw water away from the home.  A shed roof, however, can be combined with a decorative ‘faux’ gable for extra pizzazz.

Screened Porch with Gable Roof by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Screened Porch with Gable Roof by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

A true gable roof is a proportional triangular shape with varying degrees of pitch — subtle to steep.  Gable roofs are considered a classic and traditional design with two descending slopes.

A hip roof is characterized by three or more sides which gently slant downward from a common point to the walls. Hip roofs are symmetrical and are pyramid-ish.  (See top photo)

Roofing selection is more complicated than merely style, though.  The ‘right’ roof to use is always the one that best fits your existing home and your family budget.

A screen porch roof design will also hinge on: Read the rest of this entry »

Screened Porch with Cathedral Ceiling by Archadeck

Screened Porch with Cathedral Ceiling by Archadeck

Is every screen porch the same?

Absolutely not.

And that’s precisely what makes a screened-in porch a favorite addition among St. Louis homeowners.

They’re structures that offer unique choices, from inside-to-out and from top-to-bottom, for complete customization.

Any outdoor space may be constructed with either sophistication or simplicity in mind depending on the building materials selected and the style of each component including walls, floors and ceiling.

Today, however, let’s focus solely on the porch ceiling options that can be offered by an experienced contractor like Archadeck.

First and foremost, porch ceilings matter because they are a distinct design element that make an important aesthetic impact.  They offer the perfect spot to add your personal flavor for a porch with loads of flair.

More specifically, personalized touches can be accomplished with architectural details, building materials and accessories. Read the rest of this entry »

Here at Archadeck we design and build decks, porches and other outdoor structures using every imaginable type of building material including wood and hardwood as well as recycled and synthetic products such as composite, capstock and vinyl.

Front Porch with Brazilian Hardwood Floor by Archadeck

Porch with Brazilian Hardwood Floor by Archadeck

In today’s blog post however, let’s focus on hardwood decking and specifically three little-known Brazilian hardwoods: Cumaru, Garapa, and Massaranduba.

In this neck of the woods (pun intended!)  Tigerwood and Ipe are, by far, the two most frequently requested hardwoods by St. Louis homeowners.

Nevertheless, it’s worth giving a mention to Cumaru, Garapa and Massaranduba. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Pets are Archadeck Customer Too!

Family pets are Archadeck customers too!

There’s never EVER a one-size-fits-all or single ‘right way’ to design and build a deck, screened porch or other outdoor space.

The details of each and every project totally depend upon a family’s preferences, their needs, lifestyle, budget, and of course their house and landscape layout.

In addition to the people though, a family pet can bring an entire set of considerations to the table for both design and building of an outdoor living space as well.

Now if you don’t own a pet, you may be surprised by exactly how many Archadeck customers incorporate pet-friendly design details into their custom outdoor space.

If, however, you are among the animal lover population, you already know that pets are a part of your clan and taking their needs into account isn’t so surprising after all.

Deck and Screened Porch with Dog Door, by Archadeck

Deck and Porch with Dog Door by Archadeck

But there’s good news for dog and cat owners.

An experienced and reputable contractor can design and build any outdoor structure to cater to the needs of your furry friend.

Dogs and cats want to be with ‘their people’ and love plenty of fresh air too.

And more often than not, they’ll be spending time on a backyard deck or screened-in porch with the ‘fam’.

So when it comes to deck and porch design for pets, don’t hesitate to check with your builder.

At Archadeck, we discuss this topic with customers quite frequently and their most common concerns boil down to:  durability, safety and comfort. Read the rest of this entry »


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