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We have built an addition on our home with half of it being a cover porch over a new basement room. What is the best thing to use to seal the porch so it doesnt leak into the basement?
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Home Improvement Expert: Stephen Cutler, General Contractor replied 8 years ago
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Is this a covered porch, or an enclosed porch?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

Hi

Its is a covered porch roof only. We live in an area with wind driven rain and snow.

thanks so much.

Home Improvement Expert: Stephen Cutler, General Contractor replied 8 years ago

OK. You will need to construct a roof over the new basement room. This roof will need to pitch up to the existing exterior wall and be flashed into it. Flashing is the best way to seal the roof. Roofing cements, caulkings, and other goober fail, and once you set your deck on the roof you will not have access to deal with failed goobers. I am partial to double coverage asphalt roll roofing for resting a deck upon. Rubber membrane roofings are good too, but more delicate.

Once you have your roof installed, lay 2x4PT sleepers parallell and on top of the roof joists. They do not require alot of nails! And place a wad of roof cement under the 2x4 where any nail will penetrate the roof. Attach your decking to the 2x4 with fasteners that WILL NOT penetrate thru the 2x4 and into the roof!

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

HI

Some how I didn't communicate something the right way so I will try again. We built an addition with a basement, the basement is below the covered porch ,the porch is open on 3 sides. My question is: what is the best way to seal the porch so that it doesn't leak into the basement.

thanks

Home Improvement Expert: Stephen Cutler, General Contractor replied 8 years ago
Do you mean you have already built the porch deck without a roof under it?
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