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How Much Does It Cost To Build A Porch?

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The cost to build a 200-square-foot covered porch ranges from $4,600 to $22,000, or $10,500 on average. You can expect to pay $23 to $110 per square foot. The total includes flooring, steps, posts, railing, roofing and more. This includes a material cost of $11 to $70 per square foot and $12 to $40 per square foot in labor.

Covered Porch Cost Per Square Foot

The cost to build a covered porch ranges between $23 and $110 per square foot. That averages $4,600 to $22,000 for a 200-square-foot structure, including materials and installation.

200-Square-Foot Covered Porch Installation Costs
FactorMaterials Total with Installation
Flooring$400 - $8,400 $800 - $10,800
Steps$70 - $1,500$300 - $1,900
Posts$105 - $2,300 $175 - $2,800
Railing$100 - $700$400 - $1,200
Roof$2,800 - $4,400$3,200 - $6,000
Permits$100 - $500$100 - $500
Total$3,575 - $17,800$4,575 - $22,000
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Porch Pricing by Material

MaterialPrice Per Square Foot
Concrete$2 - $8
Wood$4 - $30
Composite$4 - $13
Aluminum$6 - $15

The price of porch flooring ranges from $2 to $30 per square foot, not including labor and a substructure, if needed. Concrete and pressure-treated wood tends to cost the least. High-end composites and woods like mahogany run more.

Outdoor Stair Prices

MaterialCost Per 4-Foot Step, with Labor
Concrete$100 - $300
Wood$200 - $300
Composite$300 - $650
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Porch Installation Costs

LaborPrice Per Square Foot
Flooring$2 - $12
Steps$5 - $15
Posts$10 - $70 per post
Railing$10 - $12
Roof$2 - $8

Back and Front Porch Permits

Average cost to build a porch is $23 to $110

Building a new porch requires a permit, which may run $100 to $500. The cost to get a building permit often depends on the total estimate for the project, with larger jobs averaging more.

The price of building a front vs. back porch depends less on it's location on your home and more on it's size, height, material and more.

Cost to Add a Front Porch

The cost to build a small porch measuring 8 feet by 10 feet ranges from $1,900 all the way up to $8,800, based on the materials used and elements added like steps and railings. You’ll pay more based on size and style.

Front Porch Cost Calculator
Square FeetPrice
80$1,900 - $8,800
200$4,600 - $22,000
240$5,600 - $26,500

Back Porch Addition Cost

Porch prices run $23 to $110 per square foot and tend to be similar for front or back. This comes on top of the cost to install a patio. This is a common project to add with a porch that ranges from $1,900 to $5,300.

Wrap-Around Porch Cost

FactorMaterials & Installation for 400 Square Feet
Flooring$1,600 - $21,600
Steps$600 - $3,800
Railing$650 - $2,000
Roof$6,400 - $12,000
Permits$100 - $500
Total$9,350 - $39,900

Farmers Porch Installation Cost

FactorMaterials & Installation For 240 Square Feet
Flooring$1,000 - $13,000
Steps$2,600 - $17,000
Posts$225 - $3,600
Roof$3,900 - $7,200
Permits$100 - $500
Total$7,825 - $41,300

The price to build a farmer’s porch with two steps ranges from $7,900 to $42,000. The same dimensions with three steps costs $9,400 to $52,000. This style usually features steps running completely along three sides.

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Porch Roof Cost Calculator

Building a porch roof costs $16 to $30 per square foot. For a 200-square-foot structure, this ranges from $3,200 to $6,000. A significant portion of the total depends on the material, which usually matches whatever you have for the rest of the house.

Roof Construction Prices Per Square Foot
Frame$6 - $9
Decking/Building Materials$5 - $7
Metal Roofing$7 - $14
Asphalt$5 - $6
Clay Tile$8 - $10
Total$16 - $30

Cost to Build a Gable Porch Roof

The cost to build a gable porch roof runs $16 to $30 per square foot. You may pay more for a higher slope or an unusual layout, such as a porch located in a corner of the home.

New Porch Construction Price Factors

  • total square footage
  • number and width of steps
  • actual dimensions, which affects the number of posts and railing material needed
  • less-common features like bedroom window wells
  • Cost to screen in a porch: $5-$7 per square foot

DIY vs. Hiring a Porch Building Pro

Building a new covered porch requires significant knowledge and experience, making it unsuitable for DIY projects. Typically, you’ll need to hire at least two pros: a porch builder and a roofing contractor. Search for porch installers near you to request an estimate.

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How much does a porch remodel cost?

Remodeling your porch costs $28 to $123 per square foot, plus the expense of hauling away debris. This includes $5 to $13 per square foot to demolish the old structure and $23 to $110 per square foot to build new.

How much does a porch renovation cost?

Repairing a deck costs $775 to $2,900, with tasks that are similar to porch renovation. This might include a few common jobs, such as:

  • Post replacement: $600-$850 each
  • Post patching: $300-$400 apiece
  • Stair repair: $15-$25 per square foot

What’s the difference between a porch and deck?

The major difference is that a porch is at least partially covered and enclosed, while a deck is not. Otherwise, they are quite similar.

How long does it take to build a covered porch?

Building a covered porch can take a few days to several weeks. It often requires hiring more than one contractor, who may not be able to work at the same time.

How can I determine how much porch material I need?

Porch materials are measured specific to the type:

  • Flooring: square feet
  • Posts: each unit
  • Steps: linear feet
  • Roofing: square feet plus materials for substructure
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