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Old 05-27-2014, 11:04 PM   #1
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I am building a plantation style home with an upstairs wrap-around balcony. It is currently covered in 1-1/8" plywood. What are my flooring options? I wanted a wood look to be like an old plantation home but do not know how to keep water damage from happening (both to the surface and the ceiling below). The ceiling below will be finished. It is in Louisiana so humidity is also an issue. Any advice wood be appreciated. I have attached a couple pics for reference.
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Most balconies of that style just used boards, much like you'd use on a regular deck. Because that's essentially what it it is, an outdoor deck.

What'd your architect call for on the plans?

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Most balconies of that style just used boards, much like you'd use on a regular deck. Because that's essentially what it it is, an outdoor deck.
Not at all true!
Who designed the project and what do the plans call for?
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I saw an article somewhere where they used an exotic wood called epay, ( spellin may be off), it is expensive, but they said that it was an ideal wood for this situation.

It is from a tropical forest somewhere, and is supposed to last a lot longer than any conventional decking.

I will look around and see if I can find a link to some.

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try IPE decking The links that I copy to add here are garbled and do not work.



Enter ipedecking into a search engine, and see the goods.


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Ipe, aka Brazillian Walnut, Ironwood, etc. It's great stuff but, man is it tough on tools. They're not kidding when they call it Ironwood. Just drilling holes for some decking I put down was a chore. I didn't have to do too many cuts but even the few I did were hard on the saw. I used it for edging around a hot tub. Nary a splintered butt from sitting on it.
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Indeed, ipe would be a good SURFACE but the the REAL issue is how to keep water from dipping through the balcony surface and trashing the ceiling below. Ron
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Indeed, ipe would be a good SURFACE but the the REAL issue is how to keep water from dipping through the balcony surface and trashing the ceiling below. Ron
Exactly.
That water management can be accomplished with a bladder system.
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in my area we typically use a EPDM membrane over the balcony subfloor and ran up the exterior walls to create a waterproof barrier, the decking boards are then attached to a preservative treated sleeper (2x4 laid on flat) with a strip of EPDM attached to the bottom of the sleeper. This way you have a EPDM-to-EPDM connection so that the sleepers and decking boards do not slip and slide.

of course you must have the proper dimension between the balcony and the interior finish floor to accomplish this, or raise the door sill.

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That wrap-around balcony is going to be awesome when its done.

It sure seems that you would save yourself a lot of trouble, though, if you treat that floor as a exterior deck.

And another vote here for the Ipe. Very nice looking wood (if you like it a little dark) and very tough.
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What about GAF-Storm Guard? The roofing company suggested that.
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Where do they want to put the GAF-Storm guard. under the roofing, under the decking, as decking, or where?

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Under the decking I think. He said I could put it down and put my flooring over the top of it.
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That would be advisable to put some type of barrier/ membrane/ watershed device under the decking to keep the rain from your lower level ceiling.

As long as however they put it down they do not puncture it.

As you were asked, what does the architect design call for?

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There is nothing on the plans that specify what type of decking.

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