PorchesJim called the Aeratis office and was not a very happy man. You see, his grandfather built the house he lives in and the porch just after World War I. Jim was frustrated because the porch his grandfather built lasted almost 100 years. When he recently replaced the porch with what he thought was the same type of wood, he found out quickly that it was far from the same.

In the early 1900’s trees grew for hundreds of years before being cut, milled and installed on exterior living space. Add to the fact that treating wood with chemicals was unheard of. Back when the quality of wood was much higher, there was no need to treat wood as long as it didn’t have ground contact. Today, even the best treated wood either buckles, cups and warps in the unit it comes packaged in or before you can get the final coat of paint on.

The fact is, wood is not what is used to be nor is the paint. For years, contractors and painters used lead based paints to preserve the wood. These paints did the job in preserving the wood, but were not very environmentally friendly. Today paints have changed. In many ways they have become better than they have ever been. However, many homeowners and contractors blame the paint manufactures for the paint chipping off of the wood porch floor. The truth is, it’s not the paint that is the problem. It is what we are painting. The wood is the issue. Think about all the things in the worlds that are painted that do not have to be painted year after year. How often do you paint your car? How often to you paint a fiberglass or steel door? It is not the paint that is the problem— it’s the wood, so stop using wood on your porch floor and porch ceiling.

Aeratis Traditions is a complete line of paint ready porch flooring and porch ceiling products. If you follow the recommended painting instructions your repaint cycles are every 7 to 10 years. You can now have the color you want without the maintenance. The statement has been made: only a rich man can afford to use wood on his porch. This shows how expensive it really is to have wood on your porch. Your replacement cycles are every 3 to 5 years and the annual maintenance ranges between 4 and 9 dollars per square foot. The question is, if you can install Aeratis Traditions at a competitive price to pine and fir, with the warranty and the free paint offer, why would anyone ever use wood again for their porch floor?