Porches and Patios, does either of your need TLC?
The definition of a porch is:
A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a house or building in general. The structure is external to the walls of the building but it may be enclosed in certain types of frames including walls, columns or screens, extending from the main structure.
If your Alaskan home has a porch that is exhibiting structural dissymmetry, you may need it inspected as soon as you can. There could be a number of reasons for the leaning or sinking structure. It is not only hazardous but may be a side effect of an underlying problem like, your foundation may be sinking, or the support beams may be rotting or a broken piling. Your porch ties together your home and lawn, adding beauty and fuction. Keeping it in a safe and sturdy state will add life to your home. We also can help protect it from the elements, regular application of sealants or painting will keep it from absorbing moisture, slowing the aging process. Let us emphasize the versatility of porch by adding a, porch swing or two for family time.
Let us inspect your aging porch, and plan ahead for any repairs and maintenance it will need once the warmer weather arrives. Although, some repairs will need to be done immediately, due to safety reasons, it is best to contact GEM.
The definition of a patio is:
A patio is a paved outdoor area adjoining a house, generally used for dining or recreation. The term comes from Spanish where its meaning is different (inner courtyard). Common materials employed when building a patio include concrete, stone, bricks but also tiles or cobbles. Patios are often decorated with plants and outdoor furniture.
Many patios in Alaska need, more than usual, maintenance. Our shifting ground from freezing and thawing keeps our ground moving, and our patios moving as well if not installed professionally. We can replace cracked brick or pavers, any masoned bricks will require more time and effort. Interlocking pavers prove to be the popular as they require no cement or mortar, they flex relatively well with the fluctuating ground as the seasons change.
If you are unsure of which is your best option for your home, let our experience and knowledge help you decide what will fit your home and your budget. Call GEM today at, 907-23-4666.