Wooden porches can be a defining feature on a house, and more importantly, a great place to sit and hang out. But wooden porches need maintenance, and if they're deteriorated, will need to repaired to ensure both safety and usability. Preservation Brief #45 identifies every kind of issue and a GREAT graphic identifying every component of a porch, and how to address them. Some repairs, depending on the level of damage, may require a professional's help, but this document can help you know what you need and how to talk with a carpenter or contractor. Read it here.
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