Porch Flooring FAqs

What sizes are available in Perennial Wood™ porch flooring?
Please contact Snavely Forest Products for a dealer near you at 800.821.1292.

How is Perennial Wood porch flooring different from regular porch flooring?
Perennial Wood porch flooring is modified on the molecular level with TruLast™ Technology, a proprietary acetylation process developed by Eastman that leaves no toxic substances in the wood.

What is the difference between Perennial Wood porch flooring and Perennial Wood decking?
Perennial Wood porch flooring is tongue and groove and is recommended only for covered applications (under a roof), whereas Perennial Wood decking is grooved or solid and can be used in any uncovered applications. Perennial Wood decking comes factory finished in four colors (Cape Cod gray, cedar, mahogany and redwood), as well as unfinished. Perennial Wood porch flooring is sold natural and should be primed and painted after installation.

Do I need to use special tools when installing Perennial Wood porch flooring?
Perennial wood porch flooring can be installed with standard woodworking tools.

Are there any special considerations for storage or handling?
Store Perennial Wood porch flooring in a protected, dry place until use. Acclimate the flooring with spacing between boards in a covered, well-ventilated area for two weeks before installation to allow moisture equilibration with the installation area. Do not store in direct ground contact. See the Perennial Wood Porch Flooring Quick Start Guide on page two of this document for more information.

Can Perennial Wood be used as a substructure?
Perennial Wood porch flooring is not rated for ground contact. It should be installed only on an appropriate structure approved for the application. Direct contact between Perennial Wood and concrete should be avoided as well. 

What hardware should I use with Perennial Wood porch flooring?
Use only stainless steel fasteners and connectors with Perennial Wood porch flooring. Fasteners and connectors made with corrodible metals may degrade over time and cause damage to Perennial Wood products.

Can I pressure wash my Perennial Wood porch?
Do not pressure wash your Perennial Wood porch. Pressure washing may cause damage to your porch. Instead, clean with a mild soap or neutral pH cleaner. For tougher stains, see our cleaning document.

Where can I get more technical information about Perennial Wood porch flooring?
For technical information about Perennial Wood, visit MSDS, the porch board spec sheet or the railing spec sheet on PerennialWood.com.

How do I install Perennial Wood porch flooring?
To maximize the safety, appearance and performance of your porch flooring, use stainless steel fasteners and hardware. Always consult your local building codes for additional installation requirements. For complete installation instructions, see the Perennial Wood Porch Flooring Installation Guide found here. Additional information on installation of porch flooring may be found here: http://www.southernpinedecks.com/buildingaporch.asp.

What adhesives should I use with Perennial Wood porch flooring?
Use only exterior-grade adhesives made for use on wood, such as construction adhesives, when necessary.

Can I use Perennial Wood porch flooring inside safely?
Perennial Wood porch flooring is recommended only for covered, outdoor porches.

What coating should I use with my Perennial Wood porch?
Use coatings that are designed specifically for outdoor porches or outdoor floors and are approved for use on wood. Follow coating manufacturer’s recommendations. For complete coating recommendations, click here.

Can I use a floor stain and/or polyurethane to keep that natural look?
Stains or coatings can be used that are specifically for outdoor porches or outdoor floors and are approved for use on wood. Follow coating manufacturer’s recommendations. For complete coating recommendations, click here.

How much spacing should I leave around my Perennial Wood porch?
A minimum ½" space should be left between porch boards and any fixed structure (wall, post, column, etc.) to allow for movement and airflow. Also, avoid constraining a large floor on two opposing sides.

What type of nail gun should I use to install my Perennial Wood porch?
Standard tools can be used to install Perennial Wood. Nail guns should be designed for use with stainless steel barbed or serrated flooring, T or L nails/cleats or ½" crown flooring staples.

Why does my Perennial Wood porch floor have to be installed in a covered area?
Although Perennial Wood is three times more stable than unmodified wood, using it in a very large, uncovered area without spacing, similar to decking, has not been fully tested. Perennial Wood porch flooring is recommended for use under covered porches.

Will Perennial Wood porch flooring ever be approved for uncovered applications?
We only recommend Perennial Wood porch flooring for covered applications.