Porch with roof

Porch with roof

Our front porch has an, uh, attractive aluminum roof. Unfortunately it’s too short to accommodate our new door and transom that we’re planning to install next weekend, so it has to come off. I set aside Sunday morning to lop it off, not really knowing what to expect.

Porch without roof

Porch without roof

As it turns out, it was actually really easy. The roof was attached to the house with some screws and caulk, and attached to the support columns with some lag screws. It was also pretty light weight, so once I unscrewed everything and cut through the caulk with a reciprocating saw it came down without much problem. The whole process was less than an hour.

I switched the saw to a metal blade and cut off the columns so they are level with the railing. It looks a bit strange, but it’s going to look a lot stranger when we put an iron door on the front of our crummy-looking house. This is one of the first outwardly-visible signs that anything is being done to our house, assuming people didn’t notice the dumpsters. I removed the bits of caulk stuck to the siding after I took this picture. I can’t say it looks much better, but it’s something.

Derek watching

Derek watching

Derek was really excited about the whole process and yelled at me from the upstairs window the whole time. Also, yes, that appears to be a maple tree growing out of the siding. I should probably pull that out.

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