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PVC Boards vs. Actual Wooden For Out of doors Tasks (How Every Has Held Up On My Entrance Porch?)


It’s been about three-and-a-half years since I completed the entrance porch transformation. (I’m probably not positive what to name it. A rework? That sounds bizarre, nevertheless it was an entire heck of much more than a makeover.) On that entrance porch transformation, I used actual wooden for many of it, after which used PVC boards for a part of it. So how have they held up? How have the actual wooden trim boards stood as much as the climate and publicity in comparison with the PVC boards?

I’ll present you. However first, let’s again up and keep in mind how this porch began out once we purchased the home…

Yeah. It wanted some love and a spotlight, and an entire lot of labor. 😀

So in 2018, I got down to replace the entrance porch by masking the concrete with a stained cedar entrance porch, changing after which beefing up the helps, after which constructing new steps with handrails. Right here’s what it seemed like once I acquired via with all of that, together with having new siding, a brand new entrance door, and new home windows put in.

I shared with y’all just a few months again about how the stain/sealer that I used on the cedar porch has held up (or hasn’t). The snails and slugs have wreaked havoc on the end. You possibly can see each place the place they slither as a result of their slimy little our bodies appear to eat proper via the sealer. So my entrance porch and steps are coated with these little snail and slug trails throughout.

However aside from needing a brand new coat or two of stain/sealer, the cedar boards have held up very properly. I don’t see any rot or different points with the precise integrity of those boards in any respect.

So I’ve been trying ahead to the climate getting nicer (as in, getting previous our rain and twister season) in order that I can get on the market and spend a while sanding and re-sealing the entrance porch. And a part of sprucing up the entrance porch would come with getting out the ability sprayer and getting the winter grime and dirt off of every thing.

However as I used to be trying over the entrance porch this weekend to be aware of every thing I have to do on the market (together with lastly ending the stone facade on concrete porch skirting), I seen that I’ve an even bigger drawback on my arms than snail trails via the porch sealer. I’ve additionally acquired locations on all three columns that appear to be this…

Right here’s one other space…

And yet one more one…

After I began that challenge, it didn’t even happen to me to make use of something aside from actual wooden lumber. In order that’s what I did. I figured that each one I wanted to do was prime it rather well with oil-based primer, after which give it two or three coats of exterior paint, and it could final eternally. Clearly, I used to be unsuitable.

By the point I acquired round to constructing the steps and the handrails, I had determined to make use of PVC boards as an alternative (in all probability as a result of one in every of you prompt it to me). So I used PVC boards and put them collectively utilizing the PVC glue that principally bonds them collectively and makes all of them one piece, and so they nonetheless look nice three-and-a-half years later. Not one of the joints have expanded or separated, and aside from being coated with winter grime and dirt that must be washed off, they give the impression of being fairly darn excellent.

My shutters, which I additionally made out of PVC boards, have additionally held up completely.

So I may deal with these columns in two methods. First, I may use wooden filler that’s made for outside use, fill in these areas on the columns and sand them easy, caulk any gaps, after which prime once more with oil-based primer, and paint once more with exterior paint. There’s nothing unsuitable with that resolution. In reality, I’ve seen many individuals restoring previous properties the place the home windows are trimmed with actual wooden that has began rotting, and that is precisely how they deal with it.

Or, whereas I’m taking the time to sand and reseal the entrance porch, I may additionally take a while to exchange these actual wooden board with PVC boards that may in all probability final eternally and would virtually by no means require maintenance.

I’m not fairly positive at this level which possibility I’ll go together with. If I select the primary, then I may in all probability get three extra years out of them, however sooner or later, I in all probability will need to exchange them with PVC. Fortuitously, the precise porch boards (the cedar) is holding up nice! I simply have to discover a new stain/sealer product that snails and slugs received’t go away trails via, as a result of we have now tons of snails and slugs round right here.

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