I'm starting a project to turn my covered porch deck into a covered stamped concrete patio. The 3 support posts for the roof all need replaced.
There is a 4th post that needs replaced as well that is not load bearing but might be utilized as such due to its location and connection to a crossbeam. Basically, the previous homeowner had an unnecessary support crossbeam added mid-roof. This 4th post is connected to the crossbeam.
Due to the roofs small size and placement of the crossbeam, I believe that this one post could temporarily support the entire roof. All 4 posts were set in concrete below the ground.
I'm looking for the best option to set the new posts when replacing them.
My thought would be to have the patio concrete set then install the posts on top vs set the new posts in ground and lay concrete around them.
If that's the case, how do I support the roof while the concrete work is completed?
If it's better to replace the posts and pour around them, what is best way to set them so that the concrete looks uniform?