Mahogany or Douglas Fir for historic front porch floor??

sarahandbrayApril 20, 2013

After reading everything I can find, I am more confused than ever!!
1880's Victorian with a front porch that needs to be redone. Faces north, covered but gets rain when it's windy.
I hate to even replace the wood because everything I read says "you can't get that good a wood anymore." So what am I to do?
Edges are seriously rotting to about 1-2' in. Columns need to be replaced.
So far, the best I've come up with is Old Growth Clear Vertical Douglas Fir decking--but the cost seems to be very high, unless I'm researching this wrong.
Other option is mahogany. No matter what will be primed and painted.
Please help/advise!
Sarah

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millworkman

Either or same as I told you last year.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 2:45PM
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sarahandbray

Thanks! Was just hoping there was a clear winner!
Regular Doug Fir is cheapest, mahogany in the middle, CVG Doug Fir most expensive. Do I need to make the plunge and order CVG Doug Fir from some specialty place/Internet or will local Curtis Lumber suffice?
Sarah

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 7:13PM
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millworkman

5/4" x 4" T&G Douglas Fir Flooring, it will be clear, not necessarily VG but it does not need to be. You could probably also get it in Finger Joint since your painting.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:39PM
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sarahandbray

Thanks!! I had read horror stories of new growth T&G Doug Fir flooring warping/cupping and rotting out within ten years. That's why I'm so gun-shy about pulling the trigger. I don't want to have to have this front porch professionally redone anytime in the near future.
Sarah

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:50PM
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millworkman

Wood preservative all sides, then painted top and bottom. Keep up on the paint and make certain you do not have pooling or standing water on the surface.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 4:30PM
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