Creating the Perfect Polycarbonate Porch Roof

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Creating the Perfect Polycarbonate Porch Roof
By Nachshon Steif - Residential Products Specialist

A custom designed porch roof can add a touch of style and sophistication to a home’s exterior. Polycarbonate roofing is available in a variety of colors and styles, locally cut-to-size to fit your roof span.
This article lists some of the most relevant considerations so you can build a gorgeous and functional roof.

Size and Shape

First, consider the size of your porch. You’ll want to make sure that the size and shape of the roof match the dimensions of the porch. The frame and roofing addition to the porch should also be proportionate to the size of the building.


Try to figure out what kind of look you’re shooting for. The glassy appearance of SUNGLAZE or
EZ Glaze can be a good choice if you want something more modern. If you’re looking for something more traditional, SUNTUF DIY or SUNLITE DIY would be ideal.

Polycarbonate roof design
Variety of colors and styles.

Roof Frame Types

Sloped or pitched roofs are the easiest to install. The look of a sloped roof, either a lean-to or an awning, blends in with the rest of the house.

EZ Glaze lean to pergola
EZ Glaze lean to pergola. Light weight and practical.

If you want the extension to blend with a gabled roof, a dual pitched roof is a good choice.
It’s a great roof type for covering wide terraces.

SUNPAL terrace roofing
SUNPAL dual pitch terrace roofing. A light frame for wide spans.

Hipped roofs give a compact, solid appearance to the extension roof.
A hipped roof is a smart option when closing off a porch and turning it into a sunroom.

SUNGLAZE panels system
An enclosed café terrace with SUNGLAZE panels system.

For sophisticated and stylish outdoor spaces, arched or curved roofs are excellent options.
Combining curved porch or patio roofs with conventional roofs can add interest and make an even more striking look.

A curved SUNLITE terrace roof
A curved SUNLITE terrace roof. Create a striking look.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

Construction of a porch roof can be divided into two parts: erecting the frame and installing the roofing materials. To ensure the safety and stability of your porch roof frame, it is crucial to plan and install it properly. There’s nothing wrong with doing it yourself, if you’re confident and have the experience. Roof sheets are easy to install with basic handy skills and common power tools. Keep in mind, though, that proper installation is the key to long-lasting performance and durability. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you’re not comfortable with the process, hire a professional.

Natural Light

Adequate natural lighting is essential for creating a comfortable and inviting space. Think about the porch’s orientation and the surrounding buildings, as well as the time of day when you’ll use it. For example, if the porch faces south, it’ll get lots of sunshine. It might be too hot or glare in the summer. Anti-glare polycarbonate sheets will allow you to enjoy natural light with comfort.

SUNTUF ZigZag natural light
Traditional tiles are replaced by SUNTUF ZigZag. An upgrade to the roof.


Polycarbonate roofing sheets need almost no maintenance if they’re installed correctly. Pick up loose debris, like leaves and twigs, to keep your sheets clean. Don’t use anything that will scratch the surface of the sheets. The right way to clean polycarbonate is with warm water and a soft cotton cloth.


Understanding what goes into building a porch canopy is key to balancing aesthetics, durability, and cost. Take your time to consider materials, installation, and maintenance. Plan and create a striking and functional terrace roof that complements your home and its surroundings.