Porch Roof Repair

davemd1820March 24, 2013

Hello folks- I need some advice on how to repair or replace a front porch roof on a house built in 1893. This roof has a slight pitch, & hips, which direct the water to valleys which terminate at two drains in the front corners. These drains connect to two downspouts. There are no gutters.

This seems a poor design to me. Should I repair it or rebuild it to a conventional design using shingles & gutters? Thanks for any feedback.


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This post was edited by davemd1820 on Sun, Mar 24, 13 at 16:34

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Maybe try the Home Repair Forum ... adding link. We don't have gutters either but are thinking of adding them.

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    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 7:33PM
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Dave, there's nothing wrong with it--it's a built-in gutter. Just keep the downspouts clear so the water drains out. Adding modern k-style gutters will ruin the lines of the porch and not really improve drainage.

Make sure the roofing is in good shape and properly flashed, and you are fine. It's actually a very elegant design. My turn-of-the-century house still has its wooden box gutters which are fine, while my neighbor's house had hers removed and replaced with modern--it took about 2-3 feet off her soffit width, and I'm sure there is a bigger problem with water near the foundation than I have.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 10:49PM
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It doesn't have enough slope to have shingles. If you replace the roofing it should be a fully-adhered single-ply membrane of some kind.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 8:44PM
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The gutter system is fine.

Tear off the old roll roofing and install an EPDM roof.

Some facia work will be involved.

Just use a roofer who knows what he's doing to tie the drains in.

Hint: He won't be the cheapest.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 11:23AM
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