Over time, you have most likely noticed some areas on your porch that are catching your attention and not in a good way. When it comes to deciding whether or not to repair or replace your porch, there are multiple factors to consider. These include the age, the severity of the damage, and the overall cost. Read on to learn about how each of these factors can play into your decision to repair or replace your porch.
Porches are built to last, but not forever. Over time, from daily use and natural elements, your porch will become weaker and even begin to rot, resulting in an unsafe structure. Depending on how old your porch is, it may no longer be built to code and the materials used may be worse for wear. If your porch is nearing or even over the 15 year mark, it’s best to replace it. This will leave you feeling confident with the safety of your porch for years to come.
If your porch is fairly new, say under 5 years, replacing the odd board that is loose is your best option. Your porch is likely still structurally sound and meets code, so you do not have to worry about its safety. Instead of completely replacing it, try repairing the elements that need a touch-up.
The severity and size of damage to your porch should determine whether you are going to replace or repair the structure. A little damage, such as a loose or cracked board, loose handrail section or loose nails, can be repaired quite easily and don’t leave concern for the greater structure.
Larger issues, such as multiple rotting and cracking boards, loose railings, and overall weakening of the structure, should be fully replaced. If you’re having trouble determining whether or not you even need to think about repairing or replacing, read more about some warning signs that your porch needs repairs.
While you should not let the total cost of the repair or replacement impact your decision, ultimately it should be determined by the overall safety, there is a cost difference between repairing or replacing. Making a repair to something is going to be more budget-friendly than replacing the whole structure, at first. If you are going to have to make constant repairs, it could actually end up costing you more in the long run, making a replacement a better option.
In the end, safety should be the top priority when it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace your porch. Be sure to consider the above factors as there are circumstances where one is better than the other. If you’re unsure, get connected with a pro today to get their expert opinion. That way you’ll know for sure whether you should repair or replace your porch.