DIFFERENT TYPES OF PORCH ROOF DESIGNS
The most common porch roof is a gable roof. The gable roof is a triangle-shaped roof that projects alongside a ridge down the middle of the enclosure. The sides are sloped at a specific pitch rise over run to shed snow and water. For instance, a 6/12 roof pitch means the roof elevates 6’ over a 12’ span. Gable roofs typically overhang the walls of the enclosure on the sides thus creating the need for soffits and fascia. Gable roofs are familiar forms and blend in nicely with many house designs. The height of a porch gable roof can sometimes create issues if it interferes with house windows.A hip roof is a more complex roof style where all of the roof sides slope downwards to the walls. There are no gables and the slope is usually relatively gentle. A square hip roof is shaped like a pyramid. Hip roofs are more difficult to construct than gable style roofs due to the fact they require a more complicated set of roof trusses. They have the aesthetic advantage of presenting a solid, compact look for the structure.A shed style porch roof involves a single sloping roof surface that attaches to the house wall on the high end and support posts on the low end. The shed style roof is common for long and narrow front porches. It doesn’t typically make sense to include a shed style roof over a deep porch because the roof line at the house will be too high and it’s going to look out of place.