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New stone or capping for porch ledge?

Posted by blondelle (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 19, 13 at 18:59

I have an older home that has what I think is a concrete ledge on top of brick. It's about 10.5" wide. It's cracked in a few places. I was given the option of either stablizing it and then capping it with metal, or removing it and replacing it with a white granite which of course is more.

Does the metal capping hold up over the years? Does the granite crack from freeze and thaw cycles? Any synthetic matterial that resembles stone that holds up better that's on the market? We are in NY.

Would appreciate any advice as I know nothing about this at all. Thanks!

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RE: New stone or capping for porch ledge?

My understanding is that freeze-thaw cycles don't affect granite, unless the granite is cracked, or water gets under the granite. So, proper installation is critical.

If you're up to doing it yourself, you may get help here:
Bricks, Masonry, Asphalt and Concrete

If your not interested in doing it yourself, you need to make sure your getting good advice from an honest contractor.
You could join Angie's List to find a reputable contractor in your area. I join Angie's List periodically for 30 days -- to keep the cost down. I cancel my membership within the first 30 days because I really don't have a need for an annual membership.

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