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Question DetailsAsked on 2/21/2015

How do I find a contractor to install a gable roof and PVC railing on my brick front porch?

I have a brick front porch with and iron railing. I need to find a contractor that can replace the iron railing with a PVC railing. I would also like to have a gable roof with posts installed over the porch. Many contractors are specific with their work, i.e., kitchens, bathrooms, painting, siding, etc. How do I find a local contractor to do this type of work?

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I would say to get both items done by one, you definitely need to Search the List for a Remodeling - General Contractor, who can bring together carpentry, roofing, maybe electrical for lighting or fan, and Mason or Railing contractors. Possibly also a deckk or foundation type contractor for the column piers or footings. Since like you say many specialize in certain types of work, even if he says no ask for a referral to another contractor who DOES do your type of work - then of course check those referrals on Al for any reviews.

Otherwise, some (not many) Roofing companies also do roof construction and porch roofs from scratch, but whether they can install the railings is a bit of a stretch. On wood, probably - but in brick you really should be using a Mason. If using two contractors working directly for you, get the new railing AFTER porch roof is on, both to avoid construction damage, and because they have to tie in correctly to the as-built locations of the porch roof columns.

You will need plans from an Architect or Structural Engineer (Architect normal one for this type of ting) for at least the porch roof and its supports - should probably have him/her locate the support points and connection details for the railing too, becuase mounting a railing to a brick structure is not as simple as it sounds - generally entails an embedded plate with anchor studs or lateral restaining bolts as well as the direct mounting bolts.

One recommendation to talk to architect about - you may be ableto save substantial construction cost by putting the proch roof support columns outside the footprint of the brick porch, so they don't have to dig down through (and tear up) the porch to put them in. Placement a couple of feet in front of the existing porch might make a big difference in foundation cost - plus gives you overhang beyond the front edge of the porch to protect it from rain/snow, which you mighgt want to extend even further if you want to protect against blowing rain/snow or direct sun.

Also - if there is a chance you would ever want to enclose this as a sumporch or screened in porch, discusss with architect - could affect where supports are put so they can be used as the columns the windows/screens tie into in the future.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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