Stabilizing porch posts
I am planning to build a gable porch on the back of my home and am looking for the best way to make sure the posts are stable. My thought was that I would cement the posts into the footers, and then attach them to the joists using StrongTie post caps. However, some are telling me that I shouldn't cement them into the footers, and should just use the post bases which fasten to the concrete. My concern is that the posts, which will be nine feet long, and will have no other stabilizing support, might fall over under the weight of the roof.
The roof will be attached to the house, but it will extend out 18ft from the house. I guess another option might be to use the post bases, but then bolt the posts to the joists. That should help stabilize the posts a bit more.