Two weeks ago, we poured a concrete porch 8' X 12' X 2' high
with a 5' wide concrete ramp. The forms were built up to the
slab level at the front entrance to a log building used for
church services. Total cost: $700 and much labor.
The water in the building after the rain confirms that the
porch is too high and/or the slope away from the door is
Here is a pic of the entrance before the porch was poured:
The location is 60 miles north of Houston Texas.
The options that I can see:
Build a roof over the porch to keep the porch dry.
Break up the top of the porch and repour it lower.
Build up the threshold and hope no one trips over it.
Chisel a gutter in the porch along the building to channel water.
We want a solution that is safe, cheap, and easy on our
backs if possible. What are our best options? Is there a
solution I missed?
I think it would be cheaper and more positive to modify the
threshold and the entry interior.
The door can be shortened.
The threshold can be raised.
You can use weather stop thresholds, though most of these don't
honestly meet handicap.
You can raise the floor on the interior
-create a tiled entry
-ramp up a concrete floor with tile or carpet over floorstone.
-modify a wood floor as required.
A covered entry is always nice, but won't stop wind driven rain.
It may well be a nice addition to reduce the problem. It will be
difficult to make a porch that blends gracefully with your eave
overhang unless you continue it out for both car and walk traffic.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Nothing will stop some wind driven water from getting through the door in
this case. The best solution is to lower the porch. I would seriously
consider a roof and side enclosure to protect the entry from the rain if not
willing to lower the porch.
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