Porch floor­ing and wood deck­ing

Old House Journal - - Design -

have a lot in com­mon, even though it’s cus­tom­ary to use tongue-and-groove boards on a porch—rather than lum­ber laid with a slight gap to al­low wa­ter to drain, as on a deck. Weather­beaten floors are vul­ner­a­ble to a host of ills: cracked, split, or wa­ter­logged lum­ber; • chipped, peel­ing, or faded paint or stain. Be­cause a porch is part of the house proper, and also be­cause it has a roof to mit­i­gate its ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments, its floor should be wood. But a new deck is more for­giv­ing of mod­ern ma­te­ri­als. If weather is wet or harsh, ul­tra­vi­o­let light a con­stant, and main­te­nance spotty, you might choose a com­pos­ite, most of which don’t re­quire seal­ers. With a Class A fire rat­ing, com­pos­ites re­sist mildew, but will need scrub­bing at least an­nu­ally.

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