CRUMBLING CONCRETE IS BAAAAD! This original concrete porch entry way was in rough shape, and, frankly, a hazzard – so it was time to go! After about an hour with the jackhammer, it was history, and I stood before a clean slate upon which to practice my craft. A much-improved 48″ x 48″ composite deck with single step and white vinyl handrail was the ultimate goal. No need to bury the posts in the ground as there was already a concrete footer present. I raised the new deck to just about one inch below the threshold of the storm door to make for a clean, smooth transition in and out of the house (homeowner loved it)! Decking material is #UltraDeck Rustic Composite (gray), which provides superior durability against splintering, cracking, rotting, and insects. It has a nice embossed woodgrain texture and features a 10 year residential warranty. UltraDeck requires a minumum 16″ OCS for structural support, but I did one better by placing the joists 12″ OCS for a more beefy feel. The white vinyl handrail is a premium product from QuickRail ( #Fypon ) and carries a lifetime residential warranty. The best part is that this entire porch will require no more maintenance other than an occasional pressure washing. Throw away that paint brush! Give me a shout if I can help improve your porch or deck: 419-212-3200.