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Old 05-19-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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Front porch addition ?'s and looking for comments

On a front porch to be built, 25ft x 7ft what type of wood flooring would weather the New England elements best? Our contractor is suggesting Douglas fir for flooring. He also suggested a PVC type material but it was almost triple in price for the material over the douglas fir. Another suggestion was Aloca compsite decking. We have it on our rear deck...on the shorter cut pieces 6ft or less, the ends are starting to curl upwards. I'm pretty sure we won't be using that material. The contractor is looking into getting some $$$ or material back from Alcoa for the curling pieces. For the railings/ballusters and column, we will be using cedar.

So what is your opinion on douglas fir? Any other reccomendations or thoughts?


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Old 05-19-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
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Doug Fir is a softwood, so it won't be the most durable option. Fir flooring has been used for a very long time though. The most important thing with it is to prime and paint all surfaces, not just the exposed surfaces.

I'd suggest Ipe, but it sounds like price is a factor. It will cost about as much as composite decking. The stuff is ten times more durable than any other wood product out there, will last 50+ years, and is classy-looking stuff.


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Old 05-31-2008, 12:22 PM   #3
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Douglas Fir may be a "softwood", but it is one of the hardest of soft woods. It is in no way comparable to pine, cedar, redwood, and others as far as hardness, durability, and strength goes. Here in Montana where quality Douglas Fir is readily available and economical it is commonly used for flooring, both indoor and out. Actually, porch spindles and posts made of Douglas Fir are some of our best selling spindles (see website). That's not to say the other products mentioned in this thread don't have merit, I'm just saying it is a viable option.

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