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Lexdanny
Problem porch with coal bin underneath.

Our house was built in 1930 and our front porch is above the original coal room. We have replaced the porch twice in 7 years due to it rotting. We used pre-primed tongue and groove pine porch flooring and porch flooring paint. It has rotted again and we need some suggestions for a permanent fix. Replacing this every few years is problematic. Please help!!!

dj1
Re: Problem porch with coal bin underneath.
Lexdanny wrote:

Our house was built in 1930 and our front porch is above the original coal room. We have replaced the porch twice in 7 years due to it rotting. We used pre-primed tongue and groove pine porch flooring and porch flooring paint. It has rotted again and we need some suggestions for a permanent fix. Replacing this every few years is problematic. Please help!!!

Will composite floor be better?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Problem porch with coal bin underneath.

A little more information than it rotted would be helpful. Where is it rotting? What is your location, so we can determine some idea of weather conditions? Is it covered? Is the basement wet?

Jack

Lexdanny
Re: Problem porch with coal bin underneath.

We live in Northeast Ohio. There are not any problems with the basement being wet. There is some moisture in the coal room which is under the porch and connected to our basement. We typically run a dehumidifier when needed. The porch is covered. We paint the porch every summer to provide further protection, but every few years when spring hits- boards from the porch are breaking when stepped on and slowly you can see the whole porch is in need of repair again.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Problem porch with coal bin underneath.

So long as the joists are not over-span in between (should be 16" o,c.) then composite decking should solve the issue permanently.

Phil

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Problem porch with coal bin underneath.

When you say per-primed, is it on all 6 sides? I used pressure treated yellow pine on my porch and it has lasted for over 20 years. I use solid deck stain rather than paint.

Jack

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