Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Your front porch is not just an element of beauty attached to your home. It should also be a place where you can relax and spend time with friends, enjoy the outdoors, and perhaps even eat your dinner. It's tough to do any of these things when your porch is in poor condition. In fact, spending time on a porch that is in bad shape may even be dangerous. Luckily, most porch issues can be repaired, but you do need to be able to recognize when there is an issue. Here are three signs your porch needs to be repaired.
1. The supports are chipping and rotting
Take a good look at the beams and posts that support the porch. Often, the part of these posts that is closest to the ground begins to rot first, since this part experiences the most moisture contact after a rainstorm. At first glance, you might think the paint is just peeling, but if you look at it more closely, you may notice that the wood beneath the paint is spongy and soft. You should never leave rotting support beams unaddressed since the porch may collapse under your weight, leading to injuries. Have them replaced — preferably with pressure-treated lumber that won't rot as easily.
2. Boards are splintering
If the boards that comprise your porch are beginning to split and splinter, this is another sure sign you need repairs. Splinters can cause injuries, and a board that is beginning to crack may not be able to fully support your weight. Luckily, this is a pretty simple issue to fix. Your porch repair team can just pry up the affected boards and replace them with new ones.
3. Boards creak and bend under your weight
In some cases, the boards might look okay, but if you walk over them, you could notice that they creak and bend. This is a clear sign of structural damage, whether or not the boards still look okay. The rot may be on the underside of the board, where it is compromising the board, even though it is not visible. It can be tough to tell exactly what boards are an issue, but your porch repair contractor can look at them closely and determine which ones to replace.
It's never a good idea to let a porch fall into disrepair. Take care of the issue quickly to keep your porch safe and looking good. Contact a company like Framar Construction to learn more.