DIY Q&A: How Much Does A Porch Cost? (What You Need To Consider)

Are you thinking of installing a porch on your home?

Have you considered your budget for this project?

How much does a porch cost, anyway?

In this article, we’ll break down all the different stages of porch installation and help you understand what type of a price range you’re looking at spending for your new addition to your home.

Remember that your location, the time of year, and even the condition of your yard can all have some effect on this price, so the end result will be different for everyone. However, for an idea of what costs you’re going to incur in your porch project, read on!

Materials

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  • When building a porch, you need to take into consideration the cost of all the materials you’ll need to complete the job. This means you need to factor in wood, nails and screws, brackets, any other hardware you may need, any tools you don’t already own and will need to purchase or rent, stain, finish, paint, and other materials you may want to use.
  • Sticking to wood-only is the best way to keep the cost of your materials low, but depending on the aesthetic appearance you’re going for, this may not be ideal. You might want wrought iron or some other type of decorative touch on your porch, and if this is the case, the cost is going to go up with each addition you make.
  • If you’re planning to screen in your porch, you’re going to need to include the cost of the screen and screening materials as well. This will increase the overall price of the porch, but not by too much, so if this is something you want to try, it’s probably worth the cost to increase the overall value of the porch when it’s completed.
  • You should expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for the materials you use in your porch, but remember that this can go up considerably depending on add-ons as well as the quality of the materials you choose to use in the construction. Whenever possible, don’t cut corners on the quality of your porch materials.

Labor

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  • The second element in helping you understand how much you’re going to have to pay for your porch is the cost of labor. If you pay for a contractor to put your porch up for you, remember you’re going to need to pay for the time and effort that contracting team is using to build your project. This will increase the overall cost of your porch considerably.
  • However, it’s not a good idea to choose to DIY a porch project if you don’t know what you’re doing. You may end up causing more damage than you might even realize, and you could have a severe problem you need to pay to correct further down the line. Most contractors will provide some kind of warranty on their work, so if this happens, your repairs will be covered in the cost of the initial installation.
  • If you do know something about building and feel like you could manage a DIY porch project, however, this can be an excellent way to cut down on the cost of installation. Just remember that, if you’re working alone or even with one other person, it’s probably going to take you considerably longer to finish putting up the porch than a contracting team would take to do the same job. For this reason, while it may be more cost-efficient to do it yourself, it may still be more time-efficient to pay someone else to do this.

Permits

  • Many homeowners who are thinking about putting up a porch or a deck don’t realize that there are permits required before this type of building can be started. Even if you’re only putting up a small porch, most areas will require some type of permit, whether the porch is attached to your home or is an entirely new construction. Some even require permits for rebuilding existing porches, but this is not always the case.
  • In some places, permits won’t be required for porches that are under a certain size. However, you should always double check with your city, county, or township in order to determine the specifications for where you live. Someone at your city hall should be able to direct you to more information about the permitting process.
  • When you pay a contractor to put in your porch for you, chances are good the cost of filing for a permit is included in the quote they give you at your estimate. The contractor will usually take care of the filing process on your behalf, as well, and can help clear up any problems on the official side of things without having to bother you with them in some cases. For this reason, it can be especially beneficial to pay a contractor to put in your porch and deal with the red tape for you at the same time.
  • Depending on where you live, permits may cost as little as around a hundred dollars or as much as over a thousand dollars. This price may change based on your location as well as based on the type and size of porch you want to install. This is why it’s always important to have some extra money available in your porch budget just in case.
  • Don’t forget that you may need to get permission from your HOA before you can build a porch on your home, too. This usually won’t cost you anything, but it’s important to do before you break ground on any new construction if you live in a homeowner’s association.

Other Costs

  • Don’t forget that there are other costs that may factor into the price you pay for your porch. Decorations, furniture, paint, stains, window treatments, and any water elements you want to install are all going to raise the price of the overall project. It’s important to leave plenty of room in your budget to work with any of these factors that may arise.
  • Save some room in your budget, too, for any damage that may occur or accidents that need to be resolved during the course of your porch installation!
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Conclusion

Now that you know a little bit more about the costs involved in installing a porch, you’re probably wondering if there’s any way you can cut down on them. Other than working on the porch as a DIY project yourself—if you have the skill to do so—there may not be many ways to cut costs much. However, you can always choose to decorate with secondhand furniture, paint or finish the porch yourself, and reduce the number of decorative accents you choose to use in its appearance. Don’t forget to shop around for quotes from different contractors to get the best price, too!

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