Entrance Porch Progress & Selections (Plus, Realizing My Largest Entrance Porch Mistake)

We had extra beautiful climate this weekend, so I made a decision to make the most of it to do extra work on the porch. My fundamental purpose proper now’s to get the porch boards stained and sealed earlier than my studio cupboards arrive on Wednesday. As soon as these cupboards arrive, my entrance porch would be the last item on my thoughts.

I had already strain washed your complete entrance porch space a few weeks in the past and the entrance porch boards had been trying significantly better.

So I deliberate to do just a bit little bit of sanding to take away the roughness left by strain washing, after which transfer on to sealing the boards. However as soon as I began sanding, the colour of the boards began altering fairly drastically.

I noticed that there was actually no approach I might do only a fast sanding job. I ended up taking approach longer than I had anticipated, and doing a way more thorough sanding job than I had initially thought the porch wanted. I used to be fairly amazed at how a lot coloration the sanding eliminated.

After the entire thing was sanded, the boards regarded virtually new. Virtually. Right here’s what it regarded like as soon as the entire porch was sanded and swept.

That took me approach longer than the fast sanding I had deliberate to do, so I didn’t get the stain/sealer on the porch but. However after researching the doable deck stains and sealers accessible, and studying a ridiculous variety of buyer critiques, I lastly determined to make use of Cabot Australian Timber Oil. I used timber oil the primary time as nicely, nevertheless it was a distinct model. So I’m sticking with what I do know as a result of I used to be fairly pleased with timber oil the primary time round.

However your complete time I used to be engaged on this, down on my knees and sanding each board with my 5-inch sander, I used to be considering that my greatest mistake on this porch was utilizing actual wooden for the precise porch boards and never spending the additional cash for Trex or one thing related.

And why did I not use Trex the primary time? The price. I didn’t need to pay that a lot cash for the entrance porch. I needed to do the porch makeover on a finances, so I used cedar. Cedar wasn’t the most cost effective wooden I might have used. I did select cedar as a result of it’s a really weather-resistant wooden, so I used to be okay paying somewhat extra for it.

However in hindsight, I notice that in terms of out of doors initiatives like porches, decking, and so forth., making an attempt to save cash up entrance means you’re caught with a lifetime of upkeep so long as you will have that porch or deck. Which means you’ll find yourself paying that cash, nevertheless it’ll be unfold out over time. And along with the cash, you’ll additionally both must spend hours and hours of your time doing the required upkeep, otherwise you’ll must pay extra cash to have somebody ese do the upkeep.

I’ve come to understand that it’s not value it to attempt to save the cash upfront, particularly on out of doors initiatives which have to face up to the abuse of the climate and solar all year long. It could have been significantly better to spend the additional cash upfront, after which simply to have the ability to benefit from the entrance porch with out having to fret about continuous upkeep.

In order that helped me resolve how I need to deal with issues just like the wooden on the columns that has separated on the joints, and this space on the skirting that’s actually spongy.

For now, I’m not changing something. I’m going to make use of wooden hardener on the spongy wooden, and wooden filler and caulk on the non-spongy areas that want consideration, and I’m going to color them. And naturally, I’m going to re-seal the porch boards now that it’s all sanded and prepared for stain and sealer.

However that is the final time I’m going to do that. When we’ve got our addition constructed, which is able to embrace a deck on the again of the home, I’m going to have that carried out with Trex. And at the moment (or each time this porch must be redone once more), I’m going to have it redone with Trex as nicely. And any longer, some other out of doors initiatives will probably be carried out with longevity in thoughts, and never with the purpose of spending as little cash as doable on the time.

In case you have a Trex porch or deck, I’d like to know what you consider it! The corporate claims that it requires actually zero upkeep. Has that been your expertise? Or in case you have a distinct model of no-maintenance composite deck boards, I’d love to listen to about these as nicely.