one common mistake is the replacement of wood stairs or brick steps with concrete, a material that may not be in keeping with the historic building. figure 18 . when a porch is used as a wheelchair accessible entrance, it may be possible to retain the historic stairs by adding a ramp parallel to the building.
how to install porch flooring step 1. first, check the existing porch alignment to ensure that your porch frame is in square. step 2. install z-bar flashing between porch frame and house image 1 , step 3. if you use tongue and groove porch decking, ensure that all sides are primed step 4.
covering an existing concrete porch with wood part 1. part 5 finished front porch floor wood front porch built over existing concrete porch so, not related to the front porch, but i was wondering if there are steps leading up to the breakfast room? in one of the photos that shows the breakfast room it looks like there might be
measure the height and width of your porch posts. stretch a tape measure from the floor of your porch up to the ceiling or bottom of the upper level deck alongside one of the posts. then, extend it across the post from one vertical edge to the other. jot down both dimensions on a separate sheet of paper.
how to wrap porch posts with wood. if you're less than thrilled about your home's plain-looking porch posts, wrapping them can be a quick and easy alternative to having new ones made. wrapping porch posts is a simple diy project that
using three-inch screws, fit the risers onto the stringers vertically. the step treads will sit on top of these supports horizontally. step 6 - add the step treads. screw the step treads down with one screw into the stringer and one into the riser for each stringer support. walk on the stairs after you're finished to test for firmness.
determine the number of steps needed. measure the height in inches from the ground to the top of the floor on the porch. divide that number by 7.5 to the number of steps you will need. maximum height is 7.5 inches example: if the porch floor is 87 inches from the ground, divide 87 by 7.5 to get 11.6 steps.
rebuilding 1. create the porch decking supports. install 4-by-4-inch posts that sit directly on 2. create the porch deck frame. secure a new 2-by-8-inch deck ledger board to the house wall in 3. install 2-by-6-inch floor joists between the deck ledger and the deck fascia every 16 4. lay
my front porch floor is finished and i am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. my old, ugly, original concrete porch has now been covered over with a gorgeous wood porch that adds so much character to the front of my house.
cut the boards, allowing at least a 3-inch overhang. this will be trimmed off after the porch decking is finally installed. use a flooring nailer to install the porch deck board images 3 and 4 . make sure the tongue and groove boards fit tightly before nailing them into place.
stairs: porch stairs can be built with concrete block and veneered with stone or brick, or they can be built of wood. unlike deck steps, they often have bull nose treads and risers.
they wider you make the steps the more flexible the wood will be. if you go bigger than 48, you may want to consider adding a 3 rd stringer in the middle to help keep the steps from sagging. if the bottom of the steps rest on concretes you can also use the joist hangers and attach the stars to the concrete with a simple concrete screw.
last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues. take a look on the rest of the project is you want to learn how to build the railing and the stairs for the porch.
step 2. measure the rise, run, and width of the existing stairs. appropriate stringer layout must take into account the thickness of tread stock and porch decking. the run for porch steps is usually 11', which is the width of fir tread stock available at most lumberyards; a 9' run is code minimum.