Quality Porches from Advance Remodeling
If you live in Baltimore City, you likely have a front porch, and use your porch whenever you can. Sitting on your porch in the spring and summer, watching the kids, and visiting with neighbors is a city tradition.
A classic Baltimore City porch problem involves the hidden gutters in the roof that are often ignored. When these gutters leak the water soaks into the wood structure and, if not stopped quickly, causes rot. It can cost thousands to fix a rotted porch roof structure. The less costly answer is good roofing with a good sleeve through the roof. Advance Remodeling has lots of experience with these issues and can even completely replace your porch roof if that is necessary.
Advance Remodeling does all types of porch remodeling work in Baltimore including roofing, gutters, awnings and overhangs, flooring and steps. We can take your new porch ideas and make them a reality as in the examples below.
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A well designed porch adds beauty, charm, personality and value to a home. Porches are a great way to provide extra space for entertaining and relaxing. They also offer a way to comfortably enjoy the outdoors.
Before deciding on a porch roof or beginning the job, it is important to evaluate the state of your existing structure. The existing porch roof, if there is one, and the areas of the home that the porch roof will attach to, must be evaluated for signs of weaknesses. During the evaluation is the time to determine whether the existing structure is strong enough to support a porch roof.
Once it has been determined that the roofing structure can be supported, it is time to pick a roofing material and style that suits the rest of the home. Porch roofing can be chosen to match the existing roof or something different can be chosen to add a unique architectural detail to the home.
Also, consider installing insulated porch roofing. Whether using blown insulation, rolled insulation or pre-insulated roofing panels, insulating the porch roof will help provide a comfortable temperature for added enjoyment.
For a list of some of the most popular roofing choices click here.
Gutters are available in many different materials including; vinyl, aluminum, copper, and wood. They can also be purchased as a sectional gutter system, less expensive with more potential for leaks, or a seamless gutter system, more expensive with fewer maintenance problems.
When choosing gutter materials and systems, consider the particulars of the home.
Are there many trees near the home?
How much rainfall does the system have to handle?
What is the pitch of the roof? (Steep roofs require larger gutter systems)
Consider installing the same gutter system to the surrounding area of the home to maintain a consistent appearance and drainage capabilities.
For more information on gutter materials and systems click here.
Awnings are a great way to provide a protective barrier from the sun and rain. For less of an investment than a new roofing structure, awnings can be an attractive option to cover all or part of a porch.
The following are just some of the reasons to consider purchasing an awning for your porch:
Less expensive than adding a new roofing structure
Available in a variety of shapes, colors, materials and styles
Protects porch furnishings from fading and water damage
For more information on awnings and overhangs click here.
Flooring is an important choice when completing a porch remodel or building a new structure. The choices made in material and design will affect the style and performance of the new flooring.
Before choosing flooring materials, consider whether the porch will be open or enclosed. Open porches are more susceptible to the elements, so make sure that the flooring is properly sealed to prevent moisture damage.
Consider installing heated flooring in the porch area. Heated flooring can make the porch more inviting in the colder months.
Many different types of flooring can be installed for a porch. Properly sealed wood and tile flooring are popular choices. Carpet is not recommended for this space; the exposure to the outdoors makes them difficult to maintain.
For more information on flooring options click here.
Porch steps are often overlooked when designing a new porch or remodeling an old one. It is important to think about the overall look of the porch and home when creating new steps.
If there are two or more steps, include a railing. The railing will allow for creativity and can be chosen to match the porch design or create a unique accent.
On average, front porch steps are located in the middle while steps up to back porches are to one side or the other. Keep in mind that porch steps should match the width of the sidewalk below.
Whether you choose wood, concrete, or some other material periodically weather coating the porch steps will protect them for years to come.
Adding a porch to your home can give it a warm and charming feeling. If you are thinking about adding a porch, there are a few types to consider. Here are some of the most common types:
These porches wrap around the outside of your home, on one, two, three or even more sides. They add a lot of space to your home which you can use in several ways.
Portico porches are smaller than wraparound porches and are located at the entrance to your home. Since these porches are smaller, they usually hold only a rocking chair or two. If you just want a small space to add a feeling of comfort to your home, this is a good choice for you.
These porches have some kind of screen around their perimeter. They can be attached to your home in various locations and can often feel like an extension of your home. Screened porches are best for keeping out bugs or creating privacy. They can be small or large porches and screening is available in many materials including; rust-proof bronze, aluminum with a baked on finish, copper and even vinyl.
A sleeping porch refers to a porch that is attached to a bedroom. These porches are surrounded by a screen and can be used for relaxing or sleeping. They are perfect to use when the weather is nice.
Advance Remodeling can provide financing for your porch remodeling project in Baltimore, too. You can apply for financing regardless of your credit history, and finally have the new porch you’ve been wanting!