A porch is a porch of course of course..
January 6, 2014 4:19 PM Subscribe
We are creating a new front porch at our house.
The existing porch is a three inch concrete slab set on foundation walls. A previous owner then overlaid really ugly sandstone flagstone on the top and sides.
The new porch is going to be smooth, hard troweled tinted concrete with a bench along two sides.
Here are my two questions.
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I have gotten three bids on the concrete. One bid says they have to remove the existing slab before doing any new cement work, basically demoing the entire porch. The two other bids feel there is no need to remove the slab, it is in perfect shape and after removing the flagstone there will be two inches of new concrete on top of the slab and are confident that there will be no cracking later.
Of course the bid that includes the removal is significantly higher than the other two.
I personally feel the porch will be fine built over the old slab, but of course I am not a cement contractor. Any thoughts on this greatly appreciated.
Regardless of the cement work, I would like to have metal support uprights for the bench which is going to be on two sides of the porch. I will set bolts in the concrete to secure my supports for the bench. I could use wood, but would like to investigate using metal. So I am trying to locate pre-existing or price fabrication of a "T" that would bolt into the cement wall below and then secure the seating rails along the top. If I use metal it needs to be something that will not rust and discolor the cement, maybe even stainless? More or less flat stock "T" with approx. a two foot bottom and a 10" cross member to accommodate the seating rail.