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Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

Posted by house79 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 11, 12 at 20:31

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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RE: Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

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


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RE: Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

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!


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RE: Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

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.


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RE: Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

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


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RE: Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

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.


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RE: Best advise for maintenance free front porch material!

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!
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