Old House Journal

THE porch ROOF

When it comes to porch repair, the posts, decking, rails, and balusters tend to get all the attention. For some reason the porch roof—which protects those vital elements from rain, wind, and snow—gets scant coverage. That’s a shame, because neglecting the roof puts the entire structure at peril.

Telltale signs of a deteriorating porch roof include curled or missing shingles, moss growth, metal that’s rusty or in need of a good coat of paint, and roofing tar applied as a

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