WBCDC Announces Another Gate Debate Variant, Deck Debate.
Okay right off the bat, we are talking about the Woody Boater Center For Design Crap. And of course have another design option that is rather subjective and well. Something to milk. Sorry. So here it is. Wayne and I are about done with the deck, porch whatever at the Global HQ. And as usual I can’t help myself from adding a little design flair to it. And YES, I know it was charming as it was. But dangerous and YES, I know thats part of the fun of the Railway. But WTH? It’s fun to do, and keeps me from going nuts between zoom calls. 90% of the wood is from a deck Jimmy tore out that was a year or so old. So the wood was a donation to the folly.
So whats the debate? Well. Color. Certain choices are already made. The galvanized silver is in to pick up one of the colors of the space. Solver, with Black and Red.
I had planned on black because it picks up the fence and so on. And that works. BUT, it is also attached to the Machine Shop/ Office and thus could be red. And so thats the conundrum. Red or black? Thats it. And if I am right about the internet, we will all agree on about 50% 50% way, since only two options are asked. Oh and someone will suggest a third concept, and someone else will tell me I did it wrong, and so on. Hey! 7 comments is better than yesterdays black hole of comments.
Let her rip. We got just about 20 ish days til we can all not give a crap about this stuff and GO BOATING..and eating.
Varnish! That way you will have something to do every spring.
Oil to keep the natural look
Second choice is the red with natural decks
They both look good but I would go black to tie into the fencing. Also, red is usually one of the worst covering paints and I would be worried that the color might not match the red n the building well unless you dump a bunch of coats on it.
24 days until sunshine!
Clear waterproofing sealer. I don’t think a boatyard would ever want to keep up with the maintenance of paint. Or let it age naturally which would probably be the most authentic look. The Railway is already better than factory new so it’s like our boats, where do we stop improving on what was built so it doesn’t become something that never was or meant to be. Obviously I should have had less coffee this morning.
Black, complimenting the fence. Needs working port and starboard running lights on the stairs. You must have some crusty ones in the parts room that would work out there.
Black railings and natural decking which will show dirt the least. Follow the fence. Is there going to be a Mr. B gate at top of steps?
Red. Red. Red. And stain the deck and steps themselves, for God sakes. Yeah, you’ll need to throw a new coat on every few years, but it’ll last twice as long and won’t look like a new suburban track home. Takes an hour or two. I stained my cedar dock and everyone said why go to the trouble.
Black stain. The black contrast is nice contrast and the stain will weather and age way better than paint.
Red rails and stained deck, I think it blends much better with the red buildings. No logo on the trash cans……… that would be toooo “art”sy.
If using treated lumber,it should be left plain for awhile.Put a birdfeeder on it and the birds will paint it for you.
Once you paint P/T you’ll always have to repaint it. When it’s natural the most you’ll have to do is possibly reseal it if even that.
From an architectural perspective, the porch is a distinctive design element of the elevation. Using a different color from the building emphasizes this. Therefore, imho, I would suggest you consider painting it the same color as the building.
You sure are some guy!
You have enough red, go with the black.
If it chalks off on shorts or pants what color do you want on the pants. If you lean against it in a a couple years, or rent it out for an event … what will stay neutral on cloths. Will people sit on the top railing? Just a thought
I agree with leaving it weather naturally, since I don’t have any way near the amount of time and energy you have to repaint it every couple years like mentioned above. Treated lumber is a great advantage for longevity but it does not hold paint. How about using a thin coat of a stain and let the grain show thru?
I’m not complaining but if this keeps up you could get a nick name of “High Tides Drifter”
You are starting to get BOOOOOORING!!
Make the porch HOT PINK and get a new Neon sign!
Should bring a little controversy to Reedville.
I wouldn’t paint treated lumber at all. Paint scuffs, scratches and chips after years of abuse. Seasonal expansion and shrinking will also crack paint. Re-sealing it every couple years is much easier than re-painting it. Plus, as the years of paint layers build up, the treated lumber will rot.
I made that mistake once. I have a 20 year old, natural deck that is in better shape than my 10 year old painted deck.
I’m not very smart but I’m incredibly lazy.
If it’s treated,watch out for slivers in your keester.Yikes!!
Yeah, the paint thing seems like adding to a LOT of future maintenance. How do those paints weather?
Keep it simple.
I’ll agree with Chad, leave it natural. Let it age naturally. It will look like a deck. Save your creativity for the shuffleboard court design on top. By the way, it’s going to be 85F again today in central Florida. 85F, sunny, and humid. It’s been that way for a while now. What are you guys waiting for?
Let it silver, like age, go natural. I am guessing it is not cedar, what do they use in the east, Pine? Treated lumber does not take paint well, it doesn’t soak in, plus you have to keep painting it. I’m not smart but sure am lazy!