Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

house79February 11, 2012

Hello,

We are researching on decking materials for front porch (6' by 25') project. We were considering on getting the composite decking, but after reading forums here we are a little lost. Please share your experience and advise!

Thanks!

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millworkman

Is the porch going to be covered or open like a deck?

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 9:47AM
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house79

The roof already 3' extended (original) and the rest 3' I was planning to add a pergola top with columns. So, I guess it will be open!
Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 12:46PM
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sierraeast

In a real world there is no "maintenance free" product despite mfgr's claims, especially when it comes to exterior applications. To keep anything nice and in shape means periodic maintenance and varies by region, but spending a little time more often rather than letting it go until it's too late saves money in the long run.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 2:24PM
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house79

Thanks sierraeast, the correct question would be: easy maintanance, long last and easier for DIY project?

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 2:45PM
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Alex House

easy maintanance, long last and easier for DIY project?

Maybe think outside of the box. How much elevation is required on the front deck? Is it ground level? Is so then you have some alternatives which could work.

If you can integrate stone, brick, concrete so that the form the base of your deck, then you meet your criteria. They're expensive and labor intensive but once you're over the hurdle of construction, the long term costs associated with maintenance are minuscule in comparison to other porch materials.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 11:32PM
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house79

Yes, the porch will be 3 steps elevated as current step(picture below). So, we think the brick/concrete(6'Deep by 25'Long and 3 step height) would be very expensive!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 7:34PM
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