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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 »

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