We have a new porch attached to our new house. The porch is in the front of the house, covered, spanning 3/4 of the length of the house (6' by 35'). The porch floor is at issue. It was contructed using 1/6 t&g untreated pine laying parallel to the house on top of treated 1 inch plywood. It is stained and poly'ed. The floor joists are untreated 2 by 10s perpendicular to the house, 16 inches apart. The crawl space under the porch is enclosed by brick with a standard basement vent on either end:(.
The porch floor, only 6 weeks after installation, started buckling badly. The contractor nailed the boards down 3 times so far. 7 months later, now the front board is pushed completely off the front end, the boards are warped, cracked and the poly is coming off.
We wanted a "Charleston" look for the porch. Wood tongue and groove (similar to inside hardwood flooring), painted, of course. Can we get the look we want? We due not have the funds to use Tendura or other composites, looks good though. We do not like the deck look as the contractor wants. Can we use t&g wood planks? Suggestions on design?