Your Guide to Building a Covered Porch or Deck in the Lehigh Valley

Posted September 29, 2022 in Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, General, Patio and Walkway, Videos

If you are building a roof structure to cover an existing patio, deck, or porch in Center Valley, Pennsylvania you must first determine what your township, municipality, and homeowner’s association will allow. While all roofing specifications are generally the same, custom roof structures will have different requirements depending on your specific municipality’s building codes for a new roof structure.

You will probably also want your attached roof structure to naturally connect to your home so it looks like it’s always been there! This is why it is important to partner with the right company to make sure everything is designed to code, built to spec, and with the right materials so you don’t end up wasting time and money on an investment that doesn’t match your home or enhance your lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to help you build a new covered deck or porch in Macungie, Pennsylvania:

  • Know what permits to obtain before building your new covered porch or deck in Macungie, Pennsylvania

To obtain a permit for a new covered porch or deck in Macungie, Pennsylvania you will need to submit plans to verify the legitimacy of your proposed project, include the building specs of the construction itself, and clearly identify how it will impact the area surrounding your home. Getting permits for a new covered deck or porch is a fairly straightforward process if you have construction knowledge, but trying to navigate the permitting process alone can be expensive and frustrating– especially in difficult municipalities.

“They handled everything–including our permits which can be hard in our township. It was so EASY working with MasterPLAN and FUN!” –  Shriver Family

We know that managing permits, plans, construction, and inspections can be challenging and stressful, and we don’t think you should be bothered by these confusing yet very important steps. This is why we handle all the heavy lifting of your build including your plans, building permits, engineering, inspections, and more! We will use our 30+ years of experience working in various municipalities to submit your applications, obtain and manage your permits, schedule your inspections, and more. Our proven process will ensure you never need to worry about communicating with your township or other hassles throughout your build.

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  • Connect the material to your home when building a new covered porch in Center Valley, Pennsylvania 

Porches in the Lehigh Valley are typically covered and located in the front of your home, while decks are often in the backyard and covered by an attached roof structure. But, both structures should connect to the architecture of your home so the new outdoor living space naturally extends the footprint of your home.

When choosing material for a new covered porch or deck consider matching your deck colors to your home’s exterior. It is important to make sure you compare samples before the construction of your new covered deck or porch begins. Nothing looks worse or decreases a home’s value more than a structure that looks and feels out of place. This is why it’s important to have a clear understanding and vision of what the new covered porch or deck will look like compared to your home.

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  • Choose the right materials for your new covered deck or covered porch 

When it comes to choosing materials for your new covered deck or covered porch it’s important to consider your options carefully. Even the best-treated wood can buckle and warp. This is why we help you select deck materials that resist rust and won’t decay or warp.

We know that a covered deck will only add value to your home and lifestyle if it’s durable, attractive, and practical. This is why we use composite decking that won’t break down and rot over time like traditional wood. Composite decking also requires very little upkeep, so you’ll never need to compromise your time on expensive maintenance.

Your Guide to Building a New Deck in the Lehigh Valley →

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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