cement porch problem

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Old 07-27-10, 11:53 PM
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Question cement porch problem

I have a back porch that measures 10'x 15' long and is 2' high and hits right under my back door sill at the bottom it has no railings and i wish it did for safety reasons.

My problem is it's made of block with a cement layer slab on top and it's cracked and pealing on top but otherwise is strong.

Can it be saved somehow and restored or made more modern looking and with rails of wood or steel ? I would like to put a hot tub on it also so i think it would be very strong for that.
 
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Posting pictures would be a great help!
Some questions :
What is cracking, the concrete or some kind of topping?
How thick is the slab?
I would want to know what was under the slab before I subjected it to the load of a hot tub.(depending on the size/weight of the hot tub)
Typically railing systems are not required for a deck 24" or less above ground level. You need to find out from the local authorities if the tub is considered a pool and falls under the fencing requirements, if any, for your jurisdiction.
 
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Old 07-28-10, 11:43 AM
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i'll try and get pics later.
the top layer ( slab ) is what is cracking it's about 3" thick.
i do not know what is under it completely, i do know the porch is cement block around the sides.

As far as railing goes it is not required but might make it more safe from kids etc from falling off the sides.
 
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