Would cypress be a good choice for a porch we're adding in front of our house?

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Would cypress be a good choice for a porch we're adding in front of our house?

Asked by J. Browon

We have used cypress for a fence over 30 years ago, and it still has no sign of rotting or mildew.

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Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS's picture

Dear J Browon,

As for your 30 year old fence, its success in notsuccumbing to rot may be due, in part, to the finishapplied to it at the time of install.

Never the less, Cypressis a good wood choice for decking material due to itsability to withstand the degradation of moisture.

Youcan find salvaged/reclaimed Cypress as well as virginharvested Cypress; check with your local suppliers.

A fewthings to consider:

  • recommended moisture contentis 10-12%,
  • for decking use Grade #2 or Select and
  • choose boards that are 6" wide or less to minimizecupping.

Good luck!

For more information:

Read "Our builder suggested pressure treated wood, Trex, or a Brazilian hardwood for a new screened in porch. Which is best?" a Q&A answered by Randy Potter.