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slakata 12-28-2010 06:18 PM

Front Porch Roof Angle
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We recently had an "A" design porch roof installed over our existing front porch. The contractor was unable to match the angle of the porch roof to the existing "A" angles of the house roof because of a large window located above the porch. We are not happy with the result and are wondering what course of action to take and plan to do the work ourselves. Should we cut the 8' columns down to 7' and bring the roof down to get closer to the angle we need; should we plan a different type of roof altogether; or just live with it the way it is. Is this an issue that could affect the ability to sell our home if not corrected? We would really appreciate your honest opinions/suggestions. A picture is attached.

Gary in WA 12-28-2010 06:48 PM

Now? Didn't you get a drawing before construction? I can't see any improvement changing to a steeper rake, the big window still makes any roof look added on.... The window/door balance would still be ruined, even more squishing the door headroom.... A DIY nightmare if brick siding. The tail overhangs are different than the house' lack of tails. Thicker columns would help anchor it and go with the style. Hope the window is not supporting the wreath... Leave it and plant some columnar trees in the spring.


MJW 12-28-2010 08:56 PM

I think it looks great. Maybe add some gutters to complete the look and save for some laminate shingles. Maybe cut back those branches on the right side.

OldNBroken 12-28-2010 09:24 PM

Leave it. Looks fine and anything you change is not going to improve on what they did.

Slyfox 12-29-2010 07:33 AM

The contractor should have known from the start that he/she couldn't match the above gable angles and given you options.
When you can't match during the add on it's best to design it completely opposite.
If he/she had gone flat '1/2" slope from wall out', installed railings on three sides and matched the overhang details of the above you would have been much happier with the completed work.

It's still possible to eliminate the sloped roof and go flat and you could do it with the existing columns, a lot of work there tho.

kerrsw 08-23-2011 07:31 AM

I would leave it as is... you could end up investing a lot more time and money and not be any happier with the result.
I'm considering the same question from a different perspective. Our front porch extends across the front of the house (I refer to it as 'Cracker Barrel' style.) The porch roof is currently the same angle as the house roof - both are angled front to back, versus side-to-side that we see in the photo above. There's probably a technical expression to describe which way the roof goes, but I don't know what it is. Anyway, I'd like to make the angle of the front porch roof MUCH shallower so that I could enlarge windows in the upstairs bedrooms. Would I regret it?

slakata 08-23-2011 12:09 PM

Appreciate your advice! We have decided to leave it as is for the time being and I'm finding that it doesn't bother me as much as it did earlier. Would really love to change it to a longer porch (for sitting) that would go in the direction of the garage, with round composite columns and have the roof at an angle opposite the existing roof. Several homes in our neighborhood have that type of porch. That would be considerably more costly and not sure with this economy and housing market that it would be a wise idea. Your idea sounds nice and larger windows would be a plus. Would be a good idea to have a professional drawing done first so you could make sure you liked the look of it. Wish we had done that.

federer 08-23-2011 11:48 PM

it doesnt look that bad to me. but i am only basing it on looks

slakata 08-24-2011 09:45 AM

front Porch Roof Angle
Thanks....that makes me feel better!

mikey48 08-24-2011 10:07 AM

Beautiful house. Leave it like it is.

slakata 08-25-2011 08:24 AM

Front Porch Roof Angle

handy man88 08-25-2011 05:27 PM

Looks fine to me.....but an alternative to the gable look would have been a downslope copper roof.

Going with the current design, what I would do differently would be to get rid of the white handrails and replace with wrought iron.

I would also definitely add gutters on both sides. On one side, you could tie into the existing back gutter, but that would leave the opposite side looking uneven.

Also, I would add shutters to the windows.

slakata 08-26-2011 08:46 PM

Front porch roof angle
Great suggestions! The only one that wouldn't work would be putting shutters on the windows...we have a neighborhood architectural committee that would probably shoot that one down because none of the other houses in the neighborhood were built with shutters. I always liked the look of shutters myself! Thanks for your response! :)

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