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Offline suds

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Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« on: April 07, 2017, 11:35 AM »
My wife is tired of the skinny 4x4 post supporting our deck railing.  It runs verticle running from deck floor to ceiling of porch and has a railing attached for the deck and a railing attached for the stairs.  She wants something more "beefy" and I think I can simply cover it with 6" lumber.  My question is, since it is at the entrance to our house what type of lumber should I use?  We live in Eastern WA (home of the ZAGS) and get hot summers and cold winters.  My back deck is a combination of Cedar and Redwood.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2017, 12:07 PM by suds »
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 11:36 AM »
Boral.

Tom

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 12:07 PM »
Whatever looks good with the exterior architecture and will wear for exterior applications?
I would personally fir it out and make the past larger? Hard to make an opinion with seeing a photo. You're talking about aesthetics and personal taste.

Offline suds

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 12:16 PM »
I'm wondering what would wear best in our climate and since the house is sided in Cedar.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2017, 12:21 PM by suds »
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Offline JimH2

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 12:26 PM »
Stick with the cedar for wrapping the post to bulk it up. No worries of rot.

Offline suds

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2017, 12:31 PM »
Would redwood have any rot problems?  I've heard that Cedar shouldn't but I have some cedar decking that did rot.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2017, 12:38 PM »

Offline suds

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2017, 12:44 PM »
I looked at the Boral but not sure it would be able to match up color wise with what I have stained now. 
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2017, 12:47 PM »
I looked at the Boral but not sure it would be able to match up color wise with what I have stained now.

Any good paint store should be able to match the stain to an exterior paint.

Tom

Offline suds

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2017, 01:03 PM »
I'll ck Boral out. Never seen it here.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2017, 01:33 PM »
I'll ck Boral out. Never seen it here.

Get product. Impervious to just about anything. Work with it as you do wood, except always carry it on edge, very fragile on the flat until installed.

Tom

Offline kdzito

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2017, 01:53 PM »
I recommend the Boral too.  Plygem is another one.
Building one day at a time.

Offline suds

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2017, 02:20 PM »
Strange. Can't find Boral in Spokane WA.
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Offline antss

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Re: Exterior Wood Choice for Post Covering
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2017, 10:30 AM »
I like Boral for painted trim.

But there is no way it's gonna pass muster next to real wood no matter how competent your painter is.

Rotting wood is caused from poor or faulty water management.  Seek out Gary Katz for the proper way to clad a post.  Your cedar or redwood will look great and last your lifetime.