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17 Ceiling Fan Ideas for Porches and Pergolas

Ceiling fans help make entertaining in covered outdoor spaces a breeze.

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Photo: Ashley Gilbreath. From: Ashley Gilbreath.

Choosing a Porch or Pergola Fan

A ceiling fan is a wonderful addition to a covered porch or patio with a pergola. This simple upgrade provides a cooling breeze and keeps pesky insects at bay so you can get even more enjoyment out of your outdoor living space.

When choosing a ceiling fan for your porch or pergola, be sure to select a model that’s designed for outdoor use. Damp-rated styles are suitable for covered porches where the fan will be exposed to humidity, while wet-rated options are ideal for pergolas where the fan may come in direct contact with rain or snow. Dry-rated fans are for indoor use only and should never be installed in an outdoor space.

Outdoor ceiling fans come in all sorts of styles and sizes to suit any type of outdoor space, and some even come with extra features like lighting, misting systems and smart controls. Browse through our gallery to find ceiling fan ideas for your porch or patio.

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Delightful Pergola

Atlanta Decking and Fence offers a smart tip for adding a ceiling fan to a pergola. If the top of the pergola can be viewed from a second-floor window, route wires or conduit for a ceiling fan to hide them.

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Photo: Edward Andrews Homes

Dual Purpose

Outdoor living spaces and extra details such as ceiling fans are becoming even more important in home construction. This covered deck designed by Edward Andrews Homes in a new community in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, boasts a paneled ceiling with a ceiling fan, providing a breeze and illuminating the seating area.

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Detailed Design

Dress up your deck or porch by paying attention to the ceiling. Fans are secured from points where the thick trim comes together on a tongue-and-groove ceiling with recessed lights by Atlanta Decking and Fence.

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