I like a front porch on a house, which usually has its own roof. But, isn't a front porch roof heavy? How should it be attached?
Compared to Mother Nature's power, a front porch roof weighs very little. It should be attached such that it is a part of the structure of the house.
This porch is about 20' long, with its own roof.
The roof structure is such that a porch swing could be installed and the porch could be used for sitting or relaxing.
It is done right in that it extends off the end of the house, so a gutter system can discharge the downspout backwards, hiding itself on the side of the house.
But while the roof looks solid and heavy, it really is not.
It is attached to the side of the house on the right side, and against the house all along the roof's length.
Also, at the outside end, there are two joists which extend into the interior for attachment.
Properly attached the roof would be secure. Proper attachment would mean through bolts, through the rim joist and onto the interior studs of the house.
I NOTICED BEFORE ENTERING THE HOUSE THAT THE ROOF IS ATTACHED WITH ONLY A FEW NAILS.
Granted, they are still building and maybe through bolts are yet to be attached. But that's why we do a pre-drywall inspection, to make note of such things.
Being sure to look inside I saw WHAT I AM SEEING A LOT LATELY ON NEW CONSTRUCTION - A POORLY-INSERTED DOUBLE BEAM, UNATTACHED TO ANYTHING.
This is the third house in a row that I am seeing this.
Similar to the front porch attachment, they ATTEMPTED to only nail the end beams into the house.
Obviously five toe nails won't attach anything, especially when they are so far from what they are to toe nail!
But further, those beams hardly even enter the house! They are barely resting on their support studs!
THIS HOUSE IS SCHEDULED FOR ITS DRYWALL INSTALLATION TWO DAYS FROM THIS INSPECTION! THE SUPERVISOR THINKS THIS IS ACCEPTABLE? THE COUNTY APPROVED IT!
Of course, when my client scheduled the pre-drywall inspection he was given the builder harumph, being told that they "will only fix what isn't to code."
I have no idea as to the specifics the code(s) states as to proper front porch roof attachment to a house. But for sure a dozen nails does not cut it! Unattached beams resting 1/2" on top of studs, and attached by NOTHING can certainly satisfy no code at all, if there is one.
AND IT'S NOT MY PLACE TO CITE CODE SCRIPTURE AND VERSE TO THE BUILDER.
My recommendation: inspected "every day" by the supervisor and "approved" by the County is not acceptable if what is inspected and approved is schmuck work. And certainly this roof attachment is not acceptable by any criteria. Mother Nature will enforce every "code" not obeyed by proper construction techniques. I would love to hear the supervisor/builder explain why this is appropriate and why they are going to leave it! Because now, if/when the roof falls off or is blown off the house, this buyer will have a home inspection report and photographic evidence that it was inspected and approved by schmucks. The insurance company will have a field day.
And THAT is scripture and verse!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560