The Right Porch Ceiling Adds Charm

Transform your porch and add a fresh, new dimension to your home. How do you choose your porch ceiling designs? What’s the right design for your porch?

Add ceiling porch bead board to an existing plywood porch ceiling or install tongue and groove and you’ve just created a warm inviting porch.

Most porches are either open with visible rafters/joists or covered with various materials. Like other parts of your porch you have options.

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Plywood: Probably the most typical ceiling covering, plywood can be painted.

We recommend a quality exterior grade plywood be used as it is susceptible to moisture and will separate if wet over time. I’d prime the edges as well to keep out moisture.

Tips: Plywood installation is quick because you are using a minimum of 4′ x 8′ sheets. Recommend using larger size sheets if available to minimize the seams. Before doing so remember that plywood is heavy and will require several people to assist in installation.

To hide the unsightly seams, consider using decorative strips in a 2′ x 2′ square pattern. You can paint the strips either a complementary or contrasting color depending on the effect you want. You’ll love the results!

Bead board: A mainstay for ceilings, bead board panels are easy to install over plywood. Bead board can also be painted or stained and will really add warmth to your porch. Bead board panels can be applied directly over exposed joists (if the joists run parallel to your home.

Tips: When installed leave a 1/4 inch gap around the edges for expansion.

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