please help! This is really important!
I posted here about my covered mahogany porch and it’s lack of slope. I’m still dealing with it, and the builder has basically said it’s not his problem. This is like the Twilight Zone, since E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G I’ve read says ANY solid floor needs a path for drainage, away from the house. The builder argues this and says there’s no such requirement or recommendation.
I’ve talked with the material supplier. The lumber manufacturer. The building inspector. The architects in the area. ALL have agreed it’s a “no brainer” when it comes to slope. It needs one, away from the house. NOBODY can/will provide this in writing.
I’ve searched libraries, BOCA books, internet sites. All that refer to it say it’s needed to prevent rot, moisture related problems, infestation of wood destroying insects, etc. The builder says it is NOT needed on a covered porch.
Please, I ask…ANYONE who can point me to any resource that clearly illustrates the magnitude of the problems created when a LARGE covered porch is allowed to retain standing water! The builder is threatening with a lien and I am refusing final payment. I just need something to show that NEVER is it allowable to have a perfectly level exterior solid floor surface with no clear direction for water to go. Covered or not, this is an exterior floor. It gets VERY wet.
If this is wrong, I am willing to live with the problems. I am afraid that the water will destroy the clapboard and house framing. I don’t want to be “picky” about forcing them to fix it if it’s not really NECESSARY, only desireable.
Anyone have any resources for this info???? Thanks to anyone/everyone in advance. I’m at wit’s end.