Porticos: Do They Make that Much of a Difference?

wooded portico on front of brick house with a black door and stone walkway

A home’s style and design often reflect a bit about your personality and interests. Be it a rambling farmhouse style or a sleek modern structure, chances are you chose your home’s architectural style because it resonated with you. While there are many types of houses and styles, one feature that many of them have in common is a portico. They are a unique element for your home and there are many benefits of installing a portico. 

Porticos are a covering above your front door. Supported by decorative columns that are spaced at intervals, porticos might be wide or narrow. They can be ornate or simple. Regardless, the portico is a key element that has been used in architectural design since the early Greeks. Also, porticos differ from a front porch as they do not provide outdoor living areas, while a porch does.

Benefits of Installing a Portico 

While porticos are not considered a porch, this does not lessen their value to the home. Rather, installing a portico provides a variety of benefits for your home. Consider these.


They are aesthetically appealing. Your portico’s design can set you apart from your neighbor. Better Homes and Gardens says, “A portico adds dimension to a flat façade, highlights a home’s entry point, and improves a home’s curb appeal.” Moreover, you can dress up a portico and decorate it during the holiday season. Additionally,  you can add lights to create a particular ambiance to the entrance of your home.


Did you know that a portico is designed to minimize the amount of UV rays that hit your entryway and porch? That’s right. Porticos protect your home’s exterior from the sun’s rays by minimizing damage such as warping or cracking due to heat. The portico also shields against elements such as rain, sleet, mud, or snow.

Cleaner House

Because a portico helps protect against the elements, you will not need to clean your entryway of mud or other debris. This also brings another benefit – less time spent doing housework!


There is a ton of demand for high-quality homes in the real estate market. Planning on selling your home?  A portico increases your home’s value by up to 6%. Installing a portico can make your home stand out and increase the curb appeal. This increases the likelihood of a successful sale of your home. 


Though not a porch, the portico does provide a space to shelter you and guests from inclement weather. Better yet, it can be enhanced and show your style. How? Portico columns can be round or square, slender or broad, stately or squatty, textured, smooth, etc.

The simple portico. If you haven’t given a great deal of thought to yours, then the next time you step outside, take a moment to look up and thank the team that designed your home. And, if your home doesn’t have a portico, then give our team a call. As a makeover construction team, we are here to help. Our team designs and installs porticos built specifically for your home. Contact the Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces team today.