Help! All contractors I interviewed set footers on concrete
We are ready to build a screened in porch and have interviewed over 8 local contractors. None of them use concrete piers to attach footers. They all bury PT posts directly onto concrete. They say this is standard practice in our county b/c everything is done to code. That's not good enough for us. We want the best foundation for our new porch! Several of them even said: "...well you'll be out of the house in five years so who cares???" I care.
We just want a porch that is built with best practices available today. We are prepare to pay a premium for that. We live in Northern VA. Anyone have recommendations? The contractors I interviewed were from Angie's Lists. Please help. We need a porch before Winter!