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Design & Planning

Front Porch Materials: The Big Picture

November 12 2019
Porch Porch Appeal
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In this post, we look at all the components it takes to make a great front porch that’s sure to boost your home’s curb appeal. You’ll learn how the right front porch materials work together to create the perfect entryway for your home.

Despite being the first thing most people see when they walk up to a house, the front porch is often taken for granted. But as the center of attention (often literally) for many homes, the front porch takes on a lot of different roles: a sight for sore eyes after a long day of work, a gathering spot for friends and neighbors, a welcoming beacon for family members on holidays, and the list goes on.

With all those responsibilities, it’s important to make sure the design and structure of your front porch is up to the task. Great front porches don’t just happen; they’re a combination of a variety of parts all working together in harmony. If a single piece falters – whether it be a sagging board, a collapsing ceiling tile, or a moldy section of trim – the entire porch suffers and so does your home’s curb appeal.

Finding the Right Porch Materials

If you’re looking to upgrade the front of your home, giving your porch a facelift (or replacing it entirely) is a great investment. To get the most out of that investment, it’s important to find front porch materials that:

  • Complement one another.
  • Are easy to maintain.
  • Will last a long time.

Finding a brand that can deliver the front porch materials needed to check all those boxes isn’t easy. To that end, we’ve combined the forces of our two brands – TimberTech® and AZEK® Exteriors – to make sure you can find the best porch materials possible, all in one place.

Porch Boards

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As you’re evaluating porch materials, start with this question: what’s most important to you when it comes to this space?

  • Are you looking for a space that’s easy to clean and maintain?
  • Do you want the option to go with unique designs?
  • Do you need a porch that can stand up to the elements?

Good news. TimberTech porch boards check off all three of those boxes, and so many more.

Easy to clean and maintain? Check. TimberTech boards are installed with no gaps between the boards which makes it easier to sweep dust and debris off your porch. This tight fit also means it’s more difficult for leaves and twigs to get caught between the boards. And, our front porch boards are made of composite rather than wood, so you won’t need to stain them every other year.

Unique designs? Double check. Our porch boards come in nine different colors with a variety of finishes to make sure you can find the look that’s right for your home. And, if you’re craving a unique design that will really make your house stand out from the neighbors (in a good way of course), our multi-width boards are great for creating custom patterns.

Long-lasting? Checkmate. We’re talking about the most durable front porch materials you can find. Our fully-capped polymer boards are protected with proprietary Alloy Armour Technology® to defend your porch against moisture, weather, and fading. This technology also protects your porch against UV damage – meaning exposure to sunlight won’t cause the color to fade over time.

See the Difference for Yourself

Order free samples of TimberTech porch boards today!

Railing

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Now that we’ve taken care of the porch materials underfoot, let’s look at one of the most important components of the space when it comes to curb appeal – the railing. While we may think of railing as a complementary front porch material, the reality is it can make or break the overall look. The right railing for your porch has to seamlessly blend in with the boards (and your house) while offering a little flair of its own. And, perhaps most importantly, you need a railing that will last just as long as the other porch materials.

Again, TimberTech has you covered here. Our railing offers plenty of customization opportunities in both aluminum and composite frames. We have a variety of colors, infills, and lighting options to choose from. This selection means you won’t have to worry about struggling to find the perfect match for your front porch.

And, we can’t forget about the durability of our railing. Like our porch boards, TimberTech railing is made with zero wood which means you won’t have to worry about this porch material fading or falling victim to moisture. Rain, snow, sleet, even the occasional water balloon fight in the front yard? Oh yeah, TimberTech rail can handle it all.

Find the Right Rail

Check out our railing selection to find the perfect match for your home.

Trim & Moulding

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When it comes to front porch materials, the right trim and moulding is key to perfecting the look. For this, we turn to AZEK Exteriors. Trim and moulding products from AZEK Exteriors can elevate your porch with beautiful accents and fine details.

If you’re looking for design versatility, AZEK Trim is your new best friend. Using heat, you can form this porch material into curves, arches, and more to fit pretty much any design. For jobs requiring painted trim, look no further than AZEK PVC Trim with PaintPro® Technology.

AZEK Moulding is the perfect porch material for decorative framing on windows, exterior ceilings, and more. With more than 30 profiles to choose from, we're sure you'll find the right match to add that extra special detail to your front porch. 

Column Coverings

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Columns can do more than just hold up the ceiling, they can also play an essential role in the overall design of your porch. If you’re looking to elevate this front porch material from its supportive role (see what we did there?), AZEK Exteriors column wraps are the way to go.

AZEK Exteriors offers decorative column wraps that are easy to install while adding a layer of character and dimension. From classic, easily interlocked square panels to more elaborate and tapered designs, we offer a variety of column options to enhance your porch design while providing the support it needs.

Ceiling Options

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The right ceiling can take your front porch design to the next level. And, once again, AZEK Exteriors has you covered for this front porch material. We offer a variety of color options and design finishes for you to choose from – all made with long-lasting, durable PVC materials.

If you’re looking for a unique design, check out AZEK Beadboard – the boards are reversible with an edge and center on one side and a v-groove on the other. No matter which way you go, choosing porch materials made from PVC for your ceiling delivers amazing designs that can stand the test of time.

Bringing the Right Porch Materials to Life

Now that you know what porch materials you need to build a dream entryway to your house, use our custom deck design tool to make it a reality.