Porch Anatomy

Use Our Directory Of Porch Components

Porches have a lot going on: porch anatomy are the porch components that you can see and even those that you don't.

We are referring to everything from the porch decking to porch ceilings - and more! Each component is either essential to the structure of your porch or as a decorative feature that expresses your style and creates curb appeal.



Selecting the right components can make for both a beautiful and functional front porch. Woodwork that reflects your architectural style also ensures authenticity.

Porch railings, balusters, porch columns, trims, porch steps, and porch lights. Wow! Let's sort through it all.

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You don't have to know the specifics of porch construction unless you are either building a porch or hiring a contractor to do it. But it's a great idea to be knowledgeable so you can spot potential problems and ensure additions fit both the architectural style and structural integrity of your porch.

Building, Remodeling, or Repairing Your Porch?

Whether you are building, remodeling or repairing your front porch or deck, it's important to understand your porch's anatomy. We've made it easy by addressing your porch's components so you can make decisions regarding your own porch.

From the Ground Up

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Porch Foundations

Essential to having a well-built long lasting porch, we discuss posts, piers, and beams...

porch joists, beam, and footings
Porch Flooring Components

We address your porch's flooring components: the footings, joists, and bridging

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Ledgers and Ledger Flashing

An essential component to a long lasting porch, secure and flash your ledger to ensure both longevity and safety...

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Brick Flashing Made Easy

Easy to do once you know the process of attaching flashing to brick...

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Porch Decking Options

Find the perfect porch floor material for your porch or deck: treated wood, concrete, interlocking deck tiles, etc., and more
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Porch Step Options

Create curb appeal and increase functionality with the right porch stair design; see your options!

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Porch Steps for Curb Appeal

Use your front porch steps to make a statement. We show you examples along with plenty of ideas...
Porch stair hand rails
Stair Hand Rails

Select the right design for both appeal and safety; you have more options than you think...

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Porch Hand Rails

Building codes and options for outdoor hand rails

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Porch Skirting

Discover your porch or deck skirting options along with a myriad of design patterns...

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Vinyl Lattice Panels

Make your porch unique with custom vinyl panels that come in a myriad of styles and lots of colors....

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From The Top Down

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Choose Your Porch Roof Design

When building a porch roof, the design should fit the architecture of your home; learn more...
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Different Types of Roofing Materials

Discover your options to ensure you install the right roof material over your porch....

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Compare Roofing Materials

Use our handy comparison chart to help select the right roofing materials for your project.
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Metal Porch Roof

Use our photo gallery of metal roofs to find one that's right for your porch...

copper metal roof material
Metal Roof Material

Let us help you select the right metal roof material for your porch or home; you have options...
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Porch Ceilings

Don't settle - find the right porch ceiling style in the right material....
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Porch Features

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Striking Porch Column Options

Use our porch column gallery and design options to select just the right columns for your porch...
chippendale front porch railings on front porch
Porch Railings and Kneewall Options

From railing photo galleries to design options, visit our porch railings section....

hanging chandelier on front porch
Porch Lighting

Detailed information about proper placement, controls and how to get the most from your lighting

outdoor sconce porch lights and fans
Light Up Your Porch

Find just the right lighting combinations for strategic areas of your porch.

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Porch Windows

Use porch windows to enclosure your porch and make it "perfect"

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Exterior Doors and More

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Exterior Front Doors

Enjoy the beauty of an exquisite porch front door; don't settle for ordinary...

screen porch windows on new back porch
Add Windows for a Porch Enclosure

Easy to build a screen porch enclosure with porch windows....

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Porch Electrical and Accessibility

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Porch Electrical Systems

Learn about your porch's electrical system. Determine what options you have.

wheelchair porch lift on front porch of home
Wheel Chair Porch Lifts

Learn about accessible porch equipment to make your porch and home more accessible...

wheelchair ramp attached to farmhouse porch and home
Wheel Chair Ramp Design

Discover what you need to know before you build or install a wheelchair ramp....
porch ceiling lights on tongue groove ceiling
Making Electrical Modifications

Discover what is required if making electrical modifications to your porch like adding or replacing fixtures...

Add Porch Appeal

exterior house trim on front porch and home
Exterior House Trim

Use running trim, spandrels, and brackets to create instant curb appeal

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Porch Parts

Instant curb appeal with handcrafted porch posts, balustrades, railings and exterior house trim

Victorian porch painted in beautiful colors
Porch Paint

Select the right porch paint to enhance your home and save time and money later
porch floor painted with beautiful porch floor paint
Porch Floor Paint

Floor paint dries harder, adheres better, and meant to handle heavy traffic; see your options!

haint blue front porch ceiling
Haint Blue Porch Paint

For your porch ceilings - learn why and how to get the authentic formulas

We hope this information helps you understand porch anatomy a bit more.

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