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ross72

08:08AM | 07/26/05
Member Since: 07/25/05
1 lifetime posts
Should I use poplar wood for exterior woodwork (trim,moldings,soffits) on my home?

Lollygagger

11:20PM | 07/26/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
Poplar is more prone to rot than almost any other common specie.

The commonly available White Pine is about the same as poplar.

Redwood, while costly & hard to find is best.

Cedar, if back-painted holds up reasonably well. Paint the cut ends too!

White oak was used on mansions in the USA.

Southern Yellow Pine has the ability to withstand moisture fairly well, & I would say that it might be second only to redwood in all around exterior usefulness, among available specie in most of the USA.

I do not like Cedar for most jobs because #1 clear is hard to find, & #2 common is Knot Knice.

There are many exotic woods that are virtually immune to rot, but they are VERY costly & hard to find.




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