THE PRO TIP

Old House Journal - - Restore -

Porches are de­signed to shed wa­ter and keep it mov­ing away from the house. Wa­ter pond­ing on the roof will even­tu­ally sat­u­rate the wood—pro­mot­ing fun­gal de­cay and in­tru­sion by in­sects, and lead­ing to leaks.

ABOVE El­e­ments struc­tural and dec­o­ra­tive on porches like this one on a Queen Anne Vic­to­rian sur­vive be­cause they typ­i­cally were built with tight-grained, old-growth lum­ber, and reg­u­larly main­tained with paint.

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