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Old 08-03-2005, 07:38 PM   #1
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PORCH: To Enclose or not to Enclose...


Last summer I demolished a terribly rotton front porch on the fixer-upper starter home we bought. I had a concrete slab about 6 inches thick poured in it's place and I am supporting the roof with 4x4 treaded beams.

My wife and I are thinking of enclosing the porch. The framing would not be a problem. It should be simple. The sheathing should be easly too. The question I have is about the foundation.

We live in Western New York and the building codes require a 3 ft. foundation because of of the deep frost line. Since this porch is on a conrete slab with no footing/foundation, can/should I encluse the porch or not?

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Old 08-03-2005, 10:38 PM   #2
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Experts will be along soon, but I would say no. The frost heave at my NC home is about 2", I would expect yours to be the same or worse. That is major flexing on a structure.
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Old 08-05-2005, 08:46 PM   #3
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Experts will be along soon, but I would say no. The frost heave at my NC home is about 2", I would expect yours to be the same or worse. That is major flexing on a structure.
Thanks Teetorbilt. Your advice concurs with others I have spoken to since I posted this thread. The consensus is NO. Don't do it. I have decided to folllow that advice and just keep the porch.
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