Upper Rail Portico
Do you want a bit more bling with your curb appeal? Upper rail porticos offer plenty of that with a little nod to history built in. Upper rail portico designs can be found on flat roof porticos and semi-circular designs.
If you’re looking for a grand entrance, consider the upper rail portico that typically features square posts. For a classical approach, round columns can provide a more traditional look.
Porticos that feature upper rails provide an elegant embellishment to your front entry. Upper rail porticos typically feature PVC railing that offer minimal maintenance and will not rot. Different style options could be aluminum rails for a contemporary look; wide, heavy-set balusters that better fit some architectural styles; Chippendale designs and much more. If you will have steps leading up to your portico, we usually recommend the railings match the upper rail for continuity.
An upper rail portico design usually mandates metal roofing and are slightly sloped (called a “flat shed”). This ensures that water will exit and drain properly.
Typically, an upper rail portico gives the illusion of a balcony above the front door. Of course if you want to go all out, consider replacing the second story window with French doors, choose a flat roof portico with an upper rail, and use the new space above as a Juliet balcony. We will help ensure that water will not pool on your new balcony and the support columns will be strong and solid to support folks above.
Design decisions don’t end with the exterior. Interior ceilings can be beautiful, too. Many customers select the finished, smooth look of tongue and groove, while others opt for bead board to achieve a more traditional, country feel. To further freshen up your remodeled entry, consider updated lighting, a new welcome mat, or a seasonal front door wreath.
Like other porticos, the upper rail portico design is particularly effective for blocking sunlight and reducing temperatures both inside the home and within the area they canopy.
Since upper rail porticos can provide your home with dramatically different curb appeal, we are happy to provide free photo renderings to help you choose style options and feel very comfortable with the smart decision you’ve made to improve the value of your home. Let’s talk and discuss what might be the best upper rail portico design and features to fit your home and budget. Give us a call today for a no-hassle, free design consultation at 770-781-8234.