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What are some creative ideas for porch roof construction?

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Adding a skylight or trellis is one creative idea for porch roofs, while topping the structure with a deck is another idea. Gables, metal shed roofs and dormer windows are other roof design ideas.

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What are some creative ideas for porch roof construction?
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Adding a skylight to the porch roof lets more light into the area. This is especially helpful for screened in porches. A fan near the skylight also adds extra ventilation.

Replacing the roof with a trellis lets in even more light. The lattice structure screens the sun, thus preventing the intensity of the rays. Training trailing plants, such as roses or morning glory, over the trellis further screens the sun.

Leaving a porch roof flat means it's available as a second story deck. In this case contractors install tile or another decking material in place of the traditional shingles. They also install a railing for safety.

If the porch is an addition and not part of the existing roof line, it's possible to use a different material for the roofing. For example, contractors can replace shingles with a metal shed roof reminiscent of a barn for a country home.

Adding a gable to the porch entryway is another creative option. A gable is the triangular part of the wall that encloses the end of a pitched roof. Similarly, dormer windows just above the porch enhance the look of the porch's roof.

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