11:02AM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
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I just bought a great little ranch style house in florida and would like to install wooden planks on top of the exisitng concrete slab porch.
though i am young and this being my first house, i am not too experienced in the field of home improvement...i am learning though. are their any suggestions and what pitfalls should i avoid if any?
thanks in advance!


02:42PM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi Alaric,
You may want to find a neighbor who has covered their porch slab and see what they have to say.I have spent some time in Florida the past twenty years and know there are bug issues.Planking will harbor bugs and make pest control difficult.Of course,this is only my opinion, but if I was going to cover the slab with anything,I'd use something like that fake astroturf or indoor/outdoor covering.


05:41PM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
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I agree with Matches, there are insect issues, You would need to make sure that you have enough height to do the porch, 6'8" min headroom to beams. You could just build a deck over the concrete if you have room for the joists. If not you would need to epoxy and pin sleepers to the concrete, in place of joists. Of course all of this would have to be pressure treated lumber (CCA40) Look on the other board (Fix'it forem) as there are some posts regarding this.


05:07PM | 09/25/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
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hey guys, thank you for your suggestions and advice. The other alternative i was considering was using datile cobblestone tiles for the front porch.
again thank you for the help.
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