Porch Ceiling and Roof Options

From classic drop to vaulted, here are some tips to help you determine which ceiling option is right for you.

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The right roof gives you the shelter you need for your porch, while the color, height and texture of your ceiling adds to the overall look and feel of the space from the inside.

Many homeowners like a classic drop ceiling with painted or stained beadboard for a traditional look. An open ceiling is another option, where the rafters that support the roof are left exposed. This is a more rustic choice, and you can use contrasting planks with the exposed rafters to add dimension and visual interest to your porch.

A vaulted ceiling follows the roof pitch, with finishing materials applied to the rafters. This ceiling can make a porch feel larger, add drama to the space and keep your porch cool in hotter climates.

You want a well-built roof that will protect you from the elements, but you also need to give thought to the shape, size and style of the porch roof. Choose roofing materials that work with the slope or pitch of your porch roof.

For example, asphalt and cedar shingles are generally not considered a good choice for shallow-sloped roofs (a metal seamed roof would be a better choice). But if you have a steep-sloped roof, you have more options. Asphalt, concrete and clay tiles, cedar and slate are materials that are candidates for this type of roof.

  • If you have an enclosed porch ceiling, have vents to clear the roof cavity of moisture.
  • If you plan to include a ceiling fan in your porch, make sure you take that into consideration when deciding on the height of your ceiling.
  • Plexiglass and glass panels in your porch roof provide weather protection while also maximizing natural light.
  • No matter the type of porch roof you choose, make sure the roof is prepped properly to prevent water from seeping under the roofing or ice incursion.

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