Ideas for back porch roof? Metal=too loud, Gabled=too expensive.

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These 3 poles are already up, but that’s where contractor stopped. I like a gabled look, but can’t afford the cost they want. Any ideas?
q ideas for back porch roof metal too loud gabled too expensive
Any roof Ideas would be appreciated!
(before winter !!!)
q ideas for back porch roof metal too loud gabled too expensive
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  • Jason T. Lee Jason T. Lee on Nov 14, 2017
    okay now I get it. A gabled roof would require more framing and water proofing. a lean to style roof would be faster and cheaper. if a gabled roof is a must then either frame it up yourself or spend the money. If you were nearby I could offer help. Always happy to help a neighbor!
  • Car31515517 Car31515517 on Nov 14, 2017
    You could shorten the posts and due a shed roof,
  • What were the original plans? Do you have a copy of the blueprints? If you do, just build yourself. As long as you get the roof up before winter you can do any pretty enhancing next spring. My concern is: what are the plans to tie into existing structure, do you know your local codes? Have any friends in the building trade? Or, have an architect draw up plans and you complete building yourself. I would go with a lean to type structure - fastest, easiest and probably least expensive. See if these links help.






  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 14, 2017
    In my city, any new roofline has to match the slope and roofing material of the house. That might be your best option. Just start the new roof at the left side, matching the slope. It would not reach the peak but would be about six feet below it, by my eyeball estimation. Then find roofing to match your old roof as closely as possible. I like the big porch. 😇
  • CLS CLS on Nov 14, 2017
    Thank You!!
  • CLS CLS on Nov 14, 2017
    Thanks for the links! Original plans had no roof, just the porch. There’s no sun shade or overhang into the house, so I decided early on that I had to have a roof! Just can’t decide how to go about it. I’m sure the websites will help. Thanks again.
    • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Nov 15, 2017
      Your other option would be to do a lean to roof with it being the top for a very nice screened in porch! That is what we had done when our house was built, we live out there in our long Southern summers...from your photo, you could do a porch which would add a lot of value to your home and you would gain a lovely outside room, you would need to get estimates of course, but do not know if you considered this!
  • Cindy Cindy on Nov 14, 2017
    Hi Cindyleas, You could go with a pergola on top of your deck. BTW, we have the same name. I am Cindy Lea. lol
    • CLS CLS on Nov 15, 2017
      Thank you! I hadn’t thought of that because I really wanted the shade and wood protected - but I might try it with material weaving in between.
      (do you get called Cindy Lou all the time too?)
  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Nov 14, 2017
    Aljosjer, beat me to it, a PERGOLA!!
    Last year we were in the same boat you're in. Too costly to do much of anything after we replaced the rotten deck, but we needed shade. We had a pergola built, which only cost another $1000, with columns built on the corners that matched the other big pergola we already had and also matched the front porch. I cut heavy drop cloths and my husband wove those through the boards on the pergola top. It's all very pretty and we can use the deck and patio all summer.
    • CLS CLS on Nov 15, 2017
      I love it! Where did you get the material ? And how did you attach it after the weaving ? Does it hold up well?
  • Emily Emily on Nov 15, 2017
    Below is a picture of the pergola on the back of my dear friends house. Her grandson built this for her so it wasn't done by an experienced carpenter (although he is a clever person) This pic was taken this fall so does not show the growth that it had on it. Not as deep or as big as you need but similar. (My friend died in April and this photo is from Zillow.) She was a wonderful, remarkable person. We have grape vine and wisteria planted on our two pergolas and they both are abundant.
  • Cindy Cindy on Nov 15, 2017
    I was glad to hear you might consider my idea. I like your idea of weaving something in the pergola to offer shade. Sounds pretty too. Here in Illinois Ivy grows well. No, I'm not called Cindy Lou but I do remember my Dad singing the song "Get along home Cindy, Cindy" Do you remember that song? I might be showing my age. lol Would love to hear how the deck goes. I'm at aljosjer@gmail.com.
    • CLS CLS on Nov 16, 2017
      will keep you posted! I get a new idea every day that I like more and more! (this site is GREAT!)
      and i am obviously old also - because I remember singing get along Home Cindy cindy in elementary music class. :-)
  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Nov 15, 2017
    You can get the drop cloths (painter's cloths) at any hardware store (I got mine at Home Depot). They come in two colors and two or three sizes. I cut them as we needed then sewed a hem so they wouldn't fray. We live in Missouri so we detach them and store during the winter. I sewed a rod pocket in each end and my husband slides a lathing strip in the hem and nails it to the edge of the pergola.
    My husband works for YouTube and I dug through his videos and found this one to walk you through it. Just have fun with it!
  • Earl Jones Earl Jones on Nov 16, 2017
    Doing a lower gable roof isnt all that expensive. If its your skill level in framing call your local truss company and they can build you some for a lot less than you think. Then a few sheets osb, a couple three or four squares of shingles and you're done. Waterproofing there is quite simple, pull the siding, frame to the house, deck it, shingles, then a 24" flashing(I prefer galvanized ) 12 up the wall 12 on the roof. Deck the table end in then a little siding soffit, fascia and youre about done. Then when residing, hope you pulled the house wrap you can cut it to fit on top of the flashing. Seems like a lot but not really and you will be much happier because it matches the house and helps your resale value.
    • CLS CLS on Nov 16, 2017
      I really really wanted a gable roof to match the house , but lowest estimate here is between $5000-$7500. I don’t think that I could build it myself & I don’t know if we have a truss company here in town? Any ideas of a website or pics i could use to follow your idea?
      i really would like to try to build it, but need step by step instructions AND preferably with pictures!!
  • Kmo4149175 Kmo4149175 on Nov 18, 2017
    Well first I'd like to say that my house and back porch has a metal roof. We put it over our existing roof and it's not that loud unless the storm is torrential. You would at least have the plywood to help block it out. However, what came to mind for me is adding a pergola of sorts. I have plans to add one on to the side of my house for a shaded patio area. You could plant a grape vine or wisteria maybe and eventually it will cover it giving you lots of shade and fruit. Good luck!
  • Florence A Mokris Florence A Mokris on Dec 30, 2020

    Put a pergola type roof over the poles. You can plant some type of vine in the soil below the porch. Eventually, it will grow up the poles and over the roof.

  • Beverly Beverly on Dec 30, 2020

    If money is tight; string the black exterior decorative patio lights across and to your front of house creating an awning affect, it will add intended purpose look.