06:13PM | 06/04/04
Member Since: 06/03/04
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Wanting to build a screen porch on the back of my house. What is the best wood to use to build the room. I thought of kiln dry pressure treated lumber. If so would I build the whole room with this lumber or just the exposed lumber.


10:41PM | 06/04/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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I would use as little pressure treated lumber as possible. The sill plates in contact with cement floor or ground is about it. Any above grade framing, not in contact with the ground would be much more attractive, and durable with cedar, redwood, pine or fir. There are also more moldings available to finish corners and edges and secure screens.

Treated lumber (ACQ) is corrosive to most metal fasteners, and prone to twisting and cracking in this application (kiln dry is better, but hard to find). It is more difficult to stain or paint. Part of your answer lies in the style you are trying to capture, and you did not post any information in that regard. For rustic, use resawn, for painting and finer finishes use planed lumber.
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