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    Default Rotting Porch Replacement?

    7 year old home in damp salt air climate.
    Porches rotting. I've heard every alternative to the douglas fir.

    Anyone know what the solution is IF we don't want manufactured (fear of the artificial look/feel).

    IPE recommended by one builder but very expensive. Mahogony said to splinter. Everyone agrees fir is a no no.

    This is a porch not a deck which has open slats. We prefer the look of a porch. Any firm convictions?

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    Default Re: Rotting Porch Replacement?

    i've done alot of work on cape cod, same damp sea air enviroment. mahogany is the way to go but like i tell every customer.....IT MUST BE MAINTAINED.....depending on the exposure it will have to be treated yearly or every other year with occasional spot sanding prior to refinishing.

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    Smile Re: Rotting Porch Replacement?

    Thanks so much! By MAINTAIN... could you expand? Not sure if you mean restain, repaint or other. Much appreciated! Joe

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    Default Re: Rotting Porch Replacement?

    there's several options on what to use (ask at the lumber yard)but but it consists of a clear sealer. like Australian Tongue Oil or a similar product. it's very easy, buy a gallon or two and apply with a roller every spring or as often as needed. shouldn't take you an hour. each year prior to doing it, just clean the deck and check for any spots that might need spot sanding.

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    Default Re: Rotting Porch Replacement?

    T&G Azek porch decking comes to mind. Its not cheap but whats the difference if you have to keep replacing wood decking when it rots.

    http://www.azek.com/azek-porch/
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    Default Re: Rotting Porch Replacement?

    Quote Originally Posted by MLB Construction View Post
    there's several options on what to use (ask at the lumber yard)but but it consists of a clear sealer. like Australian Tongue Oil or a similar product. it's very easy, buy a gallon or two and apply with a roller every spring or as often as needed. shouldn't take you an hour. each year prior to doing it, just clean the deck and check for any spots that might need spot sanding.
    Thanks so much...... and also with our prayers and support for all of our Boston co-citizens after yesterday's tragedy.

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