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Old 02-27-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Is there a preference on the direction flooring runs on a porch floor? I like the idea of no butt ends and running the boards perpendicular to the house, but wasn't sure if there was a preferred method?

The porch is "L" shaped wrapping around 2 sides of the house.

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It depends on your floor joist and or what you're willing to do.?
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Is there a preference on the direction flooring runs on a porch floor? I like the idea of no butt ends and running the boards perpendicular to the house, but wasn't sure if there was a preferred method?

The porch is "L" shaped wrapping around 2 sides of the house.


As long as they are perpendicular to what you are attaching them to and what you are attaching them to is strong enough to hold any weight on the porch.
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Obviously the easiest way to frame it would be to run the joists perpendicular extending from ledger to beam... Can I still do that but double up the joists every six feet to act like a beam and then attach joists parallel to the house? Since my porch will only be 6' deep I'd like to keep the number of holes dug to a minimum...only digging where I place my posts that extend to header.

Sort of like this except my posts would extend up to a header/roof
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Obviously the easiest way to frame it would be to run the joists perpendicular extending from ledger to beam... Can I still do that but double up the joists every six feet to act like a beam and then attach joists parallel to the house? Since my porch will only be 6' deep I'd like to keep the number of holes dug to a minimum...only digging where I place my posts that extend to header.

Sort of like this except my posts would extend up to a header/roof
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I don't see why not. I would use double joist hangers on the beam.
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Is there a preference on the direction flooring runs on a porch floor?I like the idea of no butt ends and running the boards perpendicular to the house, but wasn't sure if there was a preferred method?

The porch is "L" shaped wrapping around 2 sides of the house.
Ayuh,.... That's the Old School, goin' back generations, traditional porch deckin',....

The idea is/ was, pitch is built into it to drain water, with the boards, not across 'em,...
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Ayuh,.... That's the Old School, goin' back generations, traditional porch deckin',.... The idea is/ was, pitch is built into it to drain water, with the boards, not across 'em,...
Yeah I wasn't planning on it, but I'm not sure Id like to have butt joints across all sides of my porch...I'm considering composite decking.
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For pressure treated 5/4 treads the joist should be 16" on center.
For composite treads the joist should be 12" on center.
Me personally I feel the composite decking is totally misleading.

Pressure treated, aluminum, or some fairly new stuff. Check it out see what you think.
http://www.prowoodlumber.com/
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For pressure treated 5/4 treads the joist should be 16" on center. For composite treads the joist should be 12" on center. Me personally I feel the composite decking is totally misleading. Pressure treated, aluminum, or some fairly new stuff. Check it out see what you think. http://www.prowoodlumber.com/
Right. So, what are you saying is misleading...the claims that it's a near perfect product? I know it has short comings, but my concern is that this is the porch that you enter our home from. I don't want it to look like a deck on the front of my house. At least with composite it looks more refined...hidden fasteners, consistent look, less maintenance. Prowood looks okay, but no too different from ac2 pt, plus nearest dealer is an hour away. I'm all ears though.

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Don't take my word for it...
Look up lawsuits against composite decking companies and the trouble with composite decking.

If you wish to make it look more traditional, then I would go with the traditional T&G material, either way there's going to be maintenance.
That's why I suggested the aluminum decking since it's almost maintenance free, and doesn't retain as much heat. Aluminum decking has come a long way and you would probably be surprised. Check out all the different decking..?
https://www.google.com/search?q=alum...g&ved=0CDYQsAQ

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