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jhund
Recommendations for composite material vs red cedar for porch posts and railings?
jhund

Our wrap around porch, of 14 turned posts, and 11 8' sections of railing need to be overhauled or replaced. It is only 20 years old, but the railings were made of PT 2x4s and the spindles are split 2x4s, so they are 1.75" square. Some of them warped and they don't hold primer and paint well. The turned posts are rotting at the bottom because the contractor set them on PT bases instead of metal or composite material. That won't happen again!

Do any of you have recommendations for composite materials other than pvc? One local contractor recommends using red cedar.
I'm looking at VintageWoodworks but am not sure which of their materials would be best. We are in Kansas, so we get the extremes of heat, cold and moisture.
Thank you for any advice you can give us.

dj1
Re: Recommendations for composite material vs red cedar for porch posts and railings?
dj1

I don't think composite will give you what you are looking for.

Red cedar is not bad. Look into IPE - expensive, but could be worth it.

Most decks will last 20-30 years before you face the inevitable - replacement.

jhund
Re: Recommendations for composite material vs red cedar for porch posts and railings?
jhund
dj1 wrote:

I don't think composite will give you what you are looking for.

Red cedar is not bad. Look into IPE - expensive, but could be worth it.

Most decks will last 20-30 years before you face the inevitable - replacement.

Thank you dj1. We are really just hoping to not have to repaint every couple of years, thus our question about using Azek or similar polyurethane products.

jhund
Re: Recommendations for composite material vs red cedar for porch posts and railings?
jhund

So after much reviewing, we've decided to go with the TimberTech railing system and cedar posts mounted on aluminum bases. We'll paint the posts. We just don't like the look of the pvc columns, which cannot be painted and have a very plastic shine to them.
Thanks for your advice!

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