Causes of Porch Sagging in Older Homes

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As homes age, it’s not uncommon for them to experience a variety of structural issues. One of the most common problems that homeowners encounter is porch sagging. Over time, porch supports can begin to weaken or fail, causing the porch to sink or sag. This not only detracts from the overall appearance of the home, but it can also pose a safety hazard for those using the porch.

There are several factors that can contribute to porch sagging in older homes. Understanding the causes of this problem can help homeowners take steps to prevent it from occurring.

Poor Construction

One of the most common causes of porch sagging is poor construction. If the porch was not built to code or if the builder cut corners during construction, the porch may not be able to withstand the weight of those using it. This is often the case with DIY projects or homes built by inexperienced builders.

Age and Wear and Tear

Over time, the materials used to construct the porch can begin to deteriorate. Wood can rot, metal can rust and concrete can crack. As the porch materials weaken, the porch can begin to sag under the weight of those using it. The substrate underneath the porch can also erode or deteriorate, causing the porch to sag.

Water Damage

Water can also contribute to porch sagging. If the porch is not properly sealed or if it is exposed to excessive moisture, the materials can begin to weaken and deteriorate. This can cause the porch to sag or even collapse. Water can also cause erosion that eats away at the substrate and causes sagging.

Inadequate Support

Inadequate support is another common cause of porch sagging. If the porch supports are not strong enough to support the weight of those using the porch, the porch can begin to sag or sink. In some cases, the supports may have been damaged by pests or weather, making them unable to support the porch.

What Can I Do for a Sagging Porch?

If you do notice signs of porch sagging, it’s important to address the issue promptly. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse and can lead to more serious structural problems down the road. Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling has solutions for lifting and leveling sagging porches that can save your porch and pocketbook. Don’t begin destroying your sagging porch to replace it before calling us!

Porch sagging is a common problem in older homes around Atlanta and Alpharetta and we have time- and cost-saving solutions. Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling can stabilize the substrate and lift sagging porches by injecting polymer foam underneath the concrete porch. The foam fills voids, secures the soil and lifts the concrete porch back level to a safer and more attractive position. Contact us today to assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.

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