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Porch repair using Tendura
TenduraPlank provides the traditional beauty of a wood front porch without the expansion, contraction, warping, splitting, cracking, or splintering of tongue-and-groove lumber. Combining the warmth of wood with the durability of plastic in a composite material, TenduraPlank is made to last a lifetime.

TenduraPlank is historically and dimensionally authentic. It expands and contracts less than lumber or plastic. It doesn't rot or deteriorate and is vermin and fungus resistant. And, it's primed and ready for finish painting. The proprietary design of the TenduraPlank tongue-and-groove joint is engineered to provide a secure but visible seam, emulating the traditional fir lumber it replaces.
Date(s): May 29, 2003. Album by Joe Cimoch. 1 - 11 of 11 Total. 4659 Visits.
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It's a shame to see the original D-fir floor in such ruin but it was inevitable that the rot occurred because of improper construction techniques. I'm sure that D-fir floor looked absolutely stunning after it was installed. This very situation happened just a block from my home recently. The contractor hired to fix the problem showed me what had caused the problem and I was in utter disbelief. They replaced the porch deck properly and it looks great! I'm happy to see that you solved your problem.
Michael Ely, Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:44AM
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Fir T&G over KD
After only 5 years the fir and KD stringers are badly rotted.

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Plastic membrane
The floor rotted because all moisture is trapped between the water proof membrane (used to prevent water from seeping on to the 1st floor)

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The area was sealed so tight that moisture had no where to escape.

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The 2x4s were black, and crumbled in my hand.

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New frame
New frame of PT 2x4 construction. Tops were cut at 3 degrees, and ripped to cause a pitch toward the front. The floor was pitched 1/4" every 16".

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The stringers were drilled to allow ventilation beneath the floor. The holes on the front most framing were covered with screen to keep the bugs out.

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I added an additional 9" beyond the original floor to make accomodations for flower boxes.

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Floor down
The floor was installed with a floor nailer using stainless steel flooring nails.

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The tendura was stained with Sikkens Rubbol DEK solid color stain.

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The railing was put back on.

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Flowers boxes added for effect. Now if it would just stop raining.

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