I am rebuilding the 9' x 40' front porch of my 1890 house. I plan to use tongue and groove flooring and keep the traditional painted look, although staining is an option. At my lumber yard, T&G Douglas fir and T&G mahogany cost the same. (The mahogany is Phillipine mahogany.) I have to decide which to use - questions of paint adhesion and moisture resistance. The porch is covered so it doesn't get direct sunlight but it does get wet on the outer portions in the rain. I'm open to suggestions. From reading this forum I get the impression that many prefer stain to paint on a front porch even though a painted porch is more traditional. I do plan to prime all sides of the tongue and groove boards before nailing them. Any advice, particularly experience with Phillipine mahogany, would be appreciated.
We are replacing the covered front porch floor on our 1880 Farmhouse. We too are deciding between Douglas Fir or Mahogany T&G. Did you ever receive a response to your question? What did you end up using and how has it held up? I understand that when our house was built they probably used old growth vertical cut Douglas Fir which is why after 130 years it is just now in need of replacement. Please respond as soon as you can. Thanks.
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