Improving Your Home’s Exterior With a Custom Portico – Part 2: Essentials to Consider When Investing in a New Portico
A new portico is a big investment, so you need to make sure the project runs smoothly from start to finish. This is easily achievable once you take these essentials into account:
- Hire a reliable installer. Porticos are a kind of extension of your roof, so you might need to turn to a roofing contractor to handle the work. This way, you can rest easy knowing your new portico is properly installed, sturdy and leak-free. Don’t just hire anybody though–make sure your choice of roofing contractor can provide a safe and worry-free experience. Make sure they are licensed and insured–with workers’ compensation and liability coverage–for your protection.
Look up your potential contractor on prominent trade sites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau; check for satisfactory scores and reviews. Aside from delivering expert hail damage repair, your contractor should have experience in the design and installation of porticos. You’ll want someone who can work on the project efficiently without compromising quality.
- Know what to expect in the design and installation process. Your contractor should work closely with you in creating a new portico design. They should also apply for the necessary building and electrical permits, which exist to ensure that the project is up to code. Make sure you’re given a detailed and accurate estimate, plus a contract outlining every facet of the work.
- Keep your home’s architecture and exterior palette in mind. Note that your new portico should match your existing roof material and complement your home’s exterior and style. This allows your addition to look like a seamless extension of your home, all while adding to architectural accuracy.
- Consider the right design and materials. The cost and length of your home addition will depend on the design and materials you want to use. A more elaborate portico or a more premium material, of course, will cost more. If you want a low maintenance option, you can choose composite materials that are impervious to rot, warping and splitting. There are also porticos with brick or stacked stones. Some premier contractors may create a custom-designed portico with a new cement slab and all the works, including slate or tile veneers.
Stay tuned for the final installment of our three-part blog, where we discuss some handy custom portico ideas.