Also Serving Kitchener and Guelph
We do professional quality Porch Restorations. Our careful attention to the details will preserve the heritage and enhance your homes appearance.
Restoring, Repairing and Rebuilding Victorian Porches
Appearance Curb Appeal
If your home has a small, or indifferently repaired porch, we can design and build it to better than new condition. You can choose from many materials, personalize it with custom features and finishes or enhance the walkway with flag stone or stamped concrete for an even greater effect.
Historical VS Modern Materials
Additionally today's lumber is softer and more prone to expansion and contraction from changes in humidity. This can also cause buckling and or twisting, especially in the flooring materials.
The top grade pine will still have a few imperfections but is a good choice for an historical look especially if you are planning to paint or apply a semi transparent stain to the new porch.
If a smooth look is desired a higher priced material such as cedar or IPE (Brazilian hardwood) will be required. There are a variety of non-traditional composite materials used mainly for decks surfaces.
Repairing the Structure
Over time the masonry structures can shift or deteriorate. We do professional masonry repairs or rebuilding of the brick and stone piers that support the porch’s posts and framework. It is important to start with a sound foundation and piers as they carry the load of the entire porch and keep it firmly attached to the house.
We can rebuild or restore as needed depending on the condition of the lumber.
Pressured treated lumber is normally used for the framing structure as it stands up to the elements much better than untreated lumber. It provides some resistance to termites and has been the standard back yard deck and fencing material for years.
It is not recommended for porch flooring or exposed structure as it is prone to splitting and does not look as aesthetic as pine or cedar when finished.
There are different kinds of chemicals used to treat lumber which can affect the type of lumber used for the flooring. Our experienced carpenter will assess the condition of your entire structure and provide written recommendations that cover all aspects and options of your project.
Railings and Posts
Reilly's Reliable Restoration
107 Inverness Drive, Cambridge ON N1S 3P4
Phone: (519) 624-8400 Email:
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