A covered front porch, or portico can have a major impact on the curb appeal of your home, as well as add value to your home. Today, homeowners are utilizing the entrance area to their home in various ways, but most of all, to add footage to their outdoor living space. 

You can use this space to define the overall character of your home, plus you can influence how visitors will get a glimpse of what’s to come when welcomed through the door. Designing your home’s entryway can take some time, but choosing the right components, features and layout can definitely make your home stand apart from the rest in the neighborhood.

Typically, homeowners choose the same roofing and siding materials for the entryway as the rest of the house. But we’re seeing a shift – more homeowners are opting out of the homogeneous look. Instead, they’re wanting to separate the porch in some way and are going for different siding style and textures, combining it with stone veneer, and adding different roofing materials, such as cedar shakes, or metal. 

If your home is more than +/- 20 years old, then the porch or awning roof most likely has curves, slopes or another architectural feature. For these types of homes, we recommend a copper roof, which over time will oxidize and will change its brassy-orange color to one with green hues. And this, will definitely make a statement!

On the other hand, if you’re home has a modern style with a straighter roof and slopes, a metal panel roof system or standing seam metal roof (concealed fastener metal roof, vertical panel roof) may be an excellent choice. It’s an incredibly durable roofing material and still quite rare and unique. 

Have you decided on a second-floor addition? Think about adding dormers, since they can bring more interest to your roof line and the exterior as a whole. Selecting similar accent roof materials on your porch and dormers can pull the entire look together. 

Combining a set of various materials will give your home a new dimension and its own unique identity. There’s no better time to take a hard look at your home’s curb appeal than when you’re contemplating a home addition or exterior makeover.

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