Rich Ligotino

Rich Ligotino

Founder at ToolBelt USA
I have been in the home-improvement industry since 2003. I don't always have the answers, but I will get them for you!
Rich Ligotino

A simple portico can add instant curb appeal to your home without breaking the bank !

A por­ti­co dress­es up curb appeal by high­light­ing the entry way of you home.  It also adds an ele­ment of pro­tec­tion from the rain or intense sun­light.

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What is a portico ?

A por­ti­co is sim­ply a struc­ture that is attached to a home, usu­al­ly at the front entrance.  It has a roof and is sup­port­ed by columns on both sides. 

A por­ti­co is not just a dec­o­ra­tive ele­ment.  It also serves a func­tion­al pur­pose. It’s a warm way to wel­come your guests to your home.  It also pro­tects them from the rain when they ring your door­bell and wait for you to answer the door.

Por­ti­cos may also help pro­tect the fin­ish of your front entry way from harm­ful expo­sure to the sun’s UV rays. Exposed doors are sus­cep­ti­ble to fad­ing.  Door jambs, brick-mold and dec­o­ra­tive door sur­rounds can rot. Por­ti­cos can pro­tect these areas and pre­vent these prob­lems from occur­ring.

Types of porticos

There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types and styles of por­ti­cos.  You can go with a stan­dard gable (A-frame) por­ti­co, or you can go with an arched one.  Which style you choose high­ly depends on the archi­tec­ture of your home.

Building a portico

The first thing you will need to do is to find out if you will need a local build­ing per­mit. You should con­tact your local municipality’s build­ing inspec­tion depart­ment.  Depend­ing on where you live, many munic­i­pal­i­ties will require an archi­tec­tur­al draw­ing to be includ­ed with the per­mit appli­ca­tion.  You may need to hire the ser­vices of a local archi­tect to help you with this first step.

An archi­tec­tur­al draw­ing will explain every­thing about your por­ti­co such as :

  • Over­all size of por­ti­co
  • Lum­ber specs and sizes for fram­ing
  • Types of fas­ten­ers and hard­ware need­ed
  • How the por­ti­co will be tied into the main house
  • Details for con­crete foot­ings (to sup­port columns)
  • Type & size of columns and fast­ners
  • Roof pitch & roof­ing mate­ri­als

Next you will need to decide whether to build this por­ti­co on your own, or to hire a qual­i­fied build­ing con­trac­tor.  As a ref­er­ence point, a typ­i­cal gable por­ti­co approx. 8 ft. wide by 5 ft. pro­jec­tion would cost around $5,000 — $7,000 in New Jer­sey, depend­ing on cer­tain vari­ables.

You will also need to decide what type of mate­ri­als you will use to com­plete your por­ti­co, once it’s framed out.  Fiber­glass or alu­minum columns ?  Square or round columns ?  Con­sid­er using com­pos­ite trim boards, such as Azek.  Fin­ish the ceil­ing with bead­ed vinyl sof­fit mate­r­i­al  You may want to add a light fix­ture in the mid­dle of the ceil­ing.


No mat­ter what style or design you decide on, your home’s appear­ance will be dra­mat­i­cal­ly improved by the addi­tion of a por­ti­co.  It will add anoth­er dimen­sion to your home and will make it more wel­com­ing to your fam­i­ly and guests ! - FREE Installation: Shutters & More
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One thought on “Portico — add one to your home for instant curb appeal”

  1. Its like you read my mind ! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or some­thing. I think that you could do with some pics to dri­ve the mes­sage home a bit, but instead of that, this is fan­tas­tic blog. A fan­tas­tic read. I’ll cer­tain­ly be back.

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