Decks, Porches, & Patios
Rotted Wood Deck Replaced with Composite

This deck was in bad shape, with rotted planks as well as girders and posts.

so we took it completely out, installed new ledgers, posts, girders, and joists,...

Then we installed new composite decking, railing, ...

and stairs.

Rotted Wood Deck Replaced with Pressure-Treated Deck

The old deck (not pictured) was about 12'x12'. The new deck (pictured) was expanded to 12'x24'.

The pressure-treated lumber was relatively inexpensive and will last for a very long time.

Deck Repair

These cantilevered 8"x8" beams supported the upper deck. Problem was, the one on the right had advanced decay! Doesn't looks so bad here does it?

Here is the beam after it was taken down.

The deck also had some excessively rotten deck boards. The bad ones here removed.

Here the new beam and new deck boards are installed. The new beam could no longer be cantilevered (without great expense), so the owners chose this option of supporting the beam from below.

Composite Back Steps and Railing

The former back steps were getting old, rickety, and slippery. We replaced them with this more sturdy, lifetime steps.

This designer railing was chosen by the owner.

Composite Railing and Metal Balusters

We replaced the failing wooden railing on this deck with composite railing and metal balusters.

You might not notice unless I said something, but I took these photos before we finished putting on the top piece on the stair railing.

There was a long, gradually curved/angled lower deck, ...

and an upper cantilevered portion.

Replacement of Existing Porch Columns

The owner had investigated some rotted portions of these columns and discovered that there was no post in the middle, which concerned him.

Because of the large load on this front area, we removed only one column at a time and installed posts in each location.

Around each pressure-treated post we built a frame with pressure-treated 2x4s.

The final wrap was constructed with cement-fiber and cedar trim. Here ready to be painted.

New Porch Column Wraps and Railing
The following photos show a variety of column wraps and baluster spacing patterns in new construction. Railings are constructed of composite and cedar. Many are painted, but some are not (I did not do the painting on these).

Simple Columns

The single post on this modest front porch was rotten. We replaced it with two very simple columns that add to the look of the front approach.

These columns were made of pressure-treated 4x4s and wrapped with vinyl wood-textured trim boards at top and bottom to last many years. They are now awaiting some paint.

Porch Column Rot Repair

In this photo we had just begun digging into the rot at the bottom of this porch column (see how extensive our patching was below).

One we were done the patch was invisible on the column, and thankfully the paint was a good color match. See what we did below.

Here you can see how much of the column we removed and replaced with blocking.

Then we added some sheet metal and epoxy to allow us to match the shape of the column.

Patio Cover (New)

This patio cover was installed on the south side of the house where it would keep the rain off in winter and ...

the blazing sun off in summer.

Patio Cover (Renovation)

This old fiberglass corrugated roofing had seen its last day many years ago and had been leaking water for years.

The owner wanted to replace the roofing and only the compromised portions of the support structure (such as these partly rotted rafters) to save some money.

We removed the rafters with rotted portions...

and replaced with new, and added cross-braces for additional support for the new roofing.

The renovated patio cover is now completely waterproof and will last for decades. While this roofing is white like the previous example above,

this one is only partly opaque and partly transluscent, so it provides shade as well as light under the cover; a good combination for an outdoor living area.

Travel Way Cover

This cover was built solidly to last a lifetime, with no painting and no concern for potential rot problems (all pressure-treated wood).

It was located between the garage and shed and with the three-way gate provided the dry passage way from the front to back yards, as well as a dry work/storage area when needed.

Front Door Arched Cover

This climbing rose needed a place to go, and the owner wanted to increase protection from the sun and rain at the front door.

We came up with this solution: an arched front porch cover.

A view from the side before the rose bush was put back over the arch.

The arched cover, clothed in roses.

Patio Side Cover

The owner wanted to get rid of the junky pegboard that was poorly keeping her firewood dry and replace it with something better.

We decided on clear corregated roofing, with a removable panel for a summer walkway (on far left in photo), and framing painted the same as the rest of the patio cover.

Matthew G. Hunter
General Contractor and Handyman
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