Installing a Vinyl Beadboard Ceiling on Porch

One of our site visitors, Shelly, contributed her Vinyl Beadboard Ceiling On Porch project through photographs and offers helpful information about installing a vinyl bead board ceiling:

I am almost finished installing a vinyl bead board ceiling. I thought it might be helpful for people looking for a maintenance-free option.



The 6" planks (actually solid soffit material) are run parallel to the joists with plywood strips running between joists to provide a nailing surface for every plank. Each plank is screwed (provides more control than nailing) in 4 places along the 6 foott length.

Screw pattern is staggered so each course is screwed into every other strip. The cut ends (allow 1/4 on each end for expansion, and make sure the screws in the nailing flanges aren't so tight that the plank can't slide) are supported by J channel at the house (just the top of the J channel installed for the siding) and the carrying beam.

vinyl beadboard being installed on porch ceiling
Hanging vinyl bead board on porch ceiling
Here is a shot of the finished vinyl bead board ceiling. I still have to finish the bottom of the beam, the other side of the beam (vented soffit) and replace some siding, then I'll share pictures of the whole porch!

vinyl beadboard installed on porch ceiling
Completed vinyl bead board on porch ceiling

Shelly, we are very appreciative of you sharing how you installed your vinyl bead board ceiling. It is very true that the right porch ceiling adds a lot of charm to any porch. Your front porch is a shining example.

To learn more about how Shelly installed vinyl bead board ceiling on her porch, see this instructional aid.

Comments for Vinyl Beadboard Ceiling on Porch

Ceiling looks great!
by: Mary

Thanks, Shelly. You're doing a fantastic job on your porch ceiling.

You can email us with additional pictures when you are done. I sent you an email so you will have our email address.

We love your project. Thanks!

Clean look
by: Anonymous

I like the look of your vinyl bead board ceiling. Very clean and fresh looking. I will consider this when we remodel our porch. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

Check out the full story!
by: Anonymous

Thanks - Mary and Dave have put the entire process on a link on their porch ceiling page. Check it out!

Purchase of bead board ceiling
by: Anonymous

Can someone tell me where I can buy vinyl bead board ceiling material in the Richmond VA area? I want to install it myself but cannot find it anywhere in my area.

by: Dave

Thanks much for visiting our site. Took a little while to find it but call Allied Building Products, 804-233-6200. They are located at 2701 Bells Road, Richmond, VA. Ask for it by T-2 panels. Certain Teed makes it.


Bead Board Ceiling Colors
by: Dave

Not sure if they make it in that color but you can paint it. You'll have to contact Allied Building Products, 804-233-6200.

They are located at 2701 Bells Road, Richmond, VA. Ask if their T-2 panels come in your chosen color. Bead Board Ceilings
by: Anonymous

Are your porch bead board ceilings available in a almond/bisque color?

Painting Vinyl by: Anonymous

Can you really paint the vinyl bead board?
by: Mary

Yes, you can. Just be sure to use paint specifically designed for use on exterior vinyl surfaces. Good question.

Removing Bead board Panel
by: Anonymous

We need help on hanging a porch swing with bead board ceiling. How can a panel be removed to add structural support to hold the swing? Yes you can paint vinyl bead board

by: Mary and Dave

You ask a great question. It depends upon how your bead board ceiling was installed. Is it screwed in place or snapped in place? Either way, you will need to disassemble it in the area where you want to hang your porch swing.

If it is snapped in place like vinyl siding, there is a tool you can get to release the panels. It looks a bit like the tool you use to open paint cans. You can probably get one at a home improvement store.

Have fun with your porch swing and just reply to this if you still have questions. Thanks! Mary & Dave

Are There Special Hangers for Bead board Ceilings by: Anonymous

Hi. I have vinyl bead board soffits on my porches.

I know how to use a stud finder to locate wood so I can screw in a cup holder to hang my hummingbird. However, I'd rather not make any holes in my new bead board. Are there any hangers made to insert between the panels that would be strong enough to hold a feeder with 16 ounces of food? Thank you!

We like the no-hole hooks by: Mary and Dave

You ask a great question about how to hang your hummingbird feeder from your vinyl soffits without making a hole.

We too have a vinyl porch ceiling and we have enjoyed using the No-Hole hooks ( You may want to visit their website. They have their phone number listed and might be a good idea to give them a call and tell them what you have in mind. Our packages say that the hooks hold up to 5 pounds.

We hope you get a lot of hummingbirds!

Mary and Dave

Another option for your vinyl soffit by: Mary and Dave

Another idea Dave just came up with for your vinyl soffit is to go up through one of the existing holes until you find one that is beneath a stud. Then you could put in an eye-screw and hang your feeder from that.

Hope that helps!


Here are the first pictures of Shelly's porch ceilings that she shared with us.



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