Rejuvenating an Old Porch
PVC rails and fiberglass columns keep the look classic and the maintenance minimal.
Synopsis: A carpenter explains why and how he used modern, maintenance-free PVC railings and fiberglass columns in combination with traditional wood framing and flooring to repair an old porch.
When my long time friends Vito and Stella called to tell me their daughter Lena was getting married, I knew they wanted more than my RSVP. They were looking at their house, and before the wedding celebration could begin, they would have to rebuild their 75-year-old front porch. It was a prime gathering spot; but the old posts were rotting, the 3⁄4-in. decking was lifting, and the railing was teetering. The architrave, the finished horizontal beam that spans from column to column resting directly on their capitals, and roof were sound, but everything else had to go.
Raising the roof before the party started
I needed to disassemble the old porch but leave the architrave and roof in place. So I…