Good Exterior Porch Decking
Transform your porch and add a fresh, new dimension to your home! A porch consists of any free standing structure that is attached to, but exists outside of the base frame of the building. Porch decking is traditionally tongue-and-groove lumber that is used to build a porch deck. The porch is the first part of a home that most people see; therefore, porch decking is critical in setting the tone of the home. While traditional porch decking consists of pine or poplar wood, many upscale homes integrate exotic woods such as mahogany and bamboo into the deck design. Treated lumber is typically used as porch decking due to the exposure to the elements that a porch often endures. To maintain a natural look on the porch decking, use of waterproofing sealer and finish is important to create a barrier from the elements and protect the decking.
Maintenance of the porch decking is usually an easy task. A simple sweeping followed by a rinsing with a garden hose will typically suffice. In the spring of the year, it is a wise practice to wash the porch deck with a mild soapy detergent. This kills any bacteria that has found its way onto the porch surface as well as washes all traces of salt off of the surface if it was used during the winter. Salt left to sit on the decking can slowly deteriorate the finish of the decking, leaving it vulnerable to damage.