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Old 04-16-2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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Have to replace wrought iron columns/railings on 1971 porch. Tile is loose/cracking. Is it best to retile then replace columns or secure new columns directly to concrete porch?
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I'd tile then install the new post and rails.
What are you replacing them with?

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Pull the rails, re-tile, then reinstall the railing.

If you tile up around the sides, you will create a basin effect and rot out the railing.

Be sure to mark out and reinforce where you are going to re-attach the railing for the most secure mounting possible.
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Problem is the columns are supporting the corner of the roof over the porch. I would think direct to concrete would be strongest instead of relying on tiling to hold up roof. Could try to mitigate basin effect.
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Well...doesn't look like you are building it up here. That would flatten the pitch of the roof and create issues. I guess you are going to have to tile up to it, but be sure to drill for some weep holes and drainage pathways around them.

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