To improve the look of a concrete slab porch, and raise the level of the porch floor to keep rainwater from pooling, a layer of solid brick pavers can be added on top of the existing slab. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Jack up the porch roof and remove the columns resting on the slab.
  2. Install temporary supports for the roof on the ground outside the slab.
  3. Clean the surface of the slab to remove any dirt.
  4. Lay an outer band of brick pavers (called a soldier course) in a bed of mortar perpendicular to the porch, aligning it with a string to make sure the course is level.
  5. Lay a course of bricks in a bed of mortar next to the house, aligning it with a string to level it lengthwise on the porch. Check to make sure the house course is higher than the soldier course, so the porch will drain properly.
  6. Set the remaining courses of brick pavers in a bed of mortar, making sure the space between the bricks is uniform.
  7. Use a grout bag filled with mortar to fill the joints between the bricks.
  8. Trowel the mortar in the joints smooth.
  9. Use a brush to remove any excess mortar.
  10. Cut the columns to the new length.
  11. Position the columns in place, and use a jack to lower the roof.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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