Porch floor

ealdoraApril 9, 2008

We have a 1910 Dutch Colonial Revival home. It has a front porch that runs the length of the house. The porch floor is approx. 28" above finish grade. At this time the floor is concrete. The concrete is cracking and starting to look bad. I had the idea of instead of replacing it with concrete to take it back to a wood floor only better. I thought it would be wonderful to use the recycled composite wood material. The best of all worlds. I had a contractor tell me wood porch floors weren't common in this era of home. I find that hard to believe. Does anyone have any ideas or information on this subject?

Thank you so much for your help

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kframe19

I find that hard to believe, as well, especially with a 28" lift above finished grade.

The town I grew up in in Central Pennsylvania had two Dutch Colonials from roughly that period, and both had wooden porches - one a rather small "entry way" style and the other one across the whole front of the house.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 4:39PM
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theporchguy

ealdora,

Kframe19 is correct. They were usually built with wooden porches.

The PorchGuy

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    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 5:42PM
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sacto_diane

Hey Porch Guy:

Nice pics. What do you use for your oil finish? I'm refinishing a covered T&G Doug fir porch floor and I'm close to the stage of apply a finish. I want an matte oil finish for the floor. I was contemplating a Watco type finish

Diane

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 7:58PM
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theporchguy

I use Cabot's Spar Varnish Satin Finish. There are other brands that are just as good. Check with your retailer.
This is an oil base product that can be thinned with mineral spirits.
Everyone has different thoughts about how to...
I apply two coats. I thin the frist one with 50% varnish and 50% mineral spirits. I apply this coat liberally to saturate the wood.
When throughly dry, I apply my second coat right out of the can - 100%.
Through the years I have been successful with this method.
I carefully roll on the first coat and brush the edges. The second coat can be done the same way if done carefully with care not to overlap too much or allow to puddle.

All the best,

The Porch Guy

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    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 10:46AM
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sacto_diane

Thanks for the tips

Diane

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 11:38PM
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ealdora

Thanks for the input. Porch Guy what state are you in I would love to have you do our porch.;-)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 4:36PM
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oldhometara

I'll answer your question - the Porch Guy is in New Jersey. He does great work - he fixed up my old porch.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 8:11AM
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theporchguy

oldhometara,
I'm curious who you are and want to thank you for the compliments. Please get in touch.

The PorchGuy

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    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 7:59PM
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pflugerc

PorchGuy,
I have a 1910 house with a wrap around screened-in porch.
It is in OK shape...a little sagging in spots, but 95% of it is fine. My question is, I have painted it a few times with a Benjamin Moore floor paint, but it does not wear well and is difficult to keep clean. Any suggestions? it does get wet in heavy rains.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 10:32AM
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theporchguy

What color is the floor? Are you close to a busy roadway? Do you use the porch alot? What part of the country do you live in? Pets?

The Porchguy

    Bookmark   May 18, 2008 at 10:13PM
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pflugerc

The floor is a light gray. i am not close to a busy roadway and i live in new york. no pets. we use it from may - september

    Bookmark   May 29, 2008 at 11:11AM
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