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Old 05-22-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Hi, I need help with what to do on my (small) front porch. I have a small front porch made of concrete that has a couple of cracks. The cracks seem to have been patched at some point (likely right before I bought the house, 2 years ago), but the patches came out, and one of the cracks even shows through. I can't see very well because it's a small hole, but seems as if it was hollow under. The porch is not very high and has only one step leading to it, no railing around. The step may have to be replaced but I may get a precast concrete step that looks just like it, or something else, depending on what I do on the porch. Here is where your help will be appreciated: I was hoping I could keep what is there, but I am open to the possibility of tearing all down. Can I pour a concrete slab on top of my porch? if so how thick, 4"? do I need to put in some rebar? One alternative I thought is to put bricks on top, that would cover the cracks, would not be slippery and would match the house siding? any thoughts? Lastly, if I have to take it down, then what? cinderblocks? Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for sharing this nice post with us. I think it would be nice to run it the full width of the porch. If you do that, I would keep the plantings by the garage low, so that the step doesn't get buried in taller bushes as you look at the front of the house.
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need more info on your porch. is there a coating/ paint on the concrete now? how big are the cracks? what does your siding look like? post some pics. cinderblocks???
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need more info on your porch. is there a coating/ paint on the concrete now? how big are the cracks? what does your siding look like? post some pics. cinderblocks???
Thank you for your answer. No, there is no paint or coating, what it does have is like small (decorative?) stones. I took pics, with measure tape included to show size of the cracks. The siding I did not take I think, it looks as if the top 4 inches are a cap that is sitting on the siding that is also concrete but with none of the little stones. The cinderblocks are just an idea in case I have to take it all down. Again, any help will be appreciated.
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have you tried concrete patch for now?
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have you tried concrete patch for now?
Thanks. No, actually I didn't. It was obviously patched at one point (like I said, likely just before I bought the house), but the patches came out. Do you recommend patching it again?

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