At Good Guys Contracting, we’re always committed to making sure your home looks great and remains valuable. That’s why we take so much pride in our craftsmanship and use quality materials like James Hardie Siding in our work. Your home should always look it’s best, which is one reason why we often recommend building a portico as a way of enhancing your home’s beauty and boosting its resale value. If you’re considering installing a portico or simply looking into remodeling projects, let us show you why a portico might be right for you.
What is a Portico?
A portico is a covered entrance to a building that’s supported by decorative columns that are spaced apart at regular intervals, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Porticos were common in both Greek and Roman structures and subsequent classical architectural styles. They are different from front porches because porticos don’t provide outdoor living areas like porches do.
Modern porticos come in several styles and serve several purposes. In addition to a traditional design of two open columns topped by a roof, there are also enclosed porticos and balcony porticos, according to the website eHow. Some porticos are built on driveways; others are built as garage entrances.
Porticos Can Beautify Your Home
There are many benefits to building a portico for your home, with the first and most obvious benefit being that they’re aesthetically pleasing.
“People want something unique that sets them apart,” Philip Costello, a Pennsylvania based contractor told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2007. “It’s like the quote from Andrew Carnegie about judging a man by the shoes he wears. A great front entrance makes a statement about the person who lives inside.”
According to Better Homes and Gardens, “A portico adds dimension to a flat facade, highlights a home’s entry point, and improves a home’s overall curb appeal.”
How Porticos Add Value to Your Home
Curb appeal isn’t just about aesthetics. The better your home looks, the more value it has should you put it on the real estate market. According to the Post-Gazette a study by Therma-Tru Doors and TNS, an independent research organization showed that doing work to enhance your home’s entry can boost its resale value by up to 6 percent.
Protecting You From the Elements
Porticos don’t just serve decorative purposes. They do have an important function, protecting your family and visitors from the elements. If you step outside and see that there’s inclement weather, you can open an umbrella or bundle up without having rain or snow hit you. Porticos can save you money as well. Tracking in dirt and mud from outside can cause wear and tear as well as damage your home. Installing a portico can save you from extra cleaning and extra repair.
Good Guys Contracting: Your Remodeling Experts
Good Guys Contracting is the place to go if you’re looking to build a new portico or entranceway. We’ll use high quality trim and roofing materials and as always we can finish it with our low-maintenance James Hardie Siding. Good Guys is a Long Island James Hardie preferred James Hardie remodeler and we know how to get the job done right. To get started, contact us today.