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I am building a plantation style home with an upstairs wrap-around balcony. It is currently covered in 1-1/8" plywood. What are my flooring options? I wanted a wood look to be like an old plantation home but do not know how to keep water damage from happening (both to the surface and the ceiling below). The ceiling below will be finished. It is in Louisiana so humidity is also an issue. Any advice wood be appreciated. I have attached a couple pics for reference.
 

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I'm a little distracted by the framing. I'm curious about how that TJI is attached to the top of the post.

As for your question about the flooring - the porch will be open to the weather?
 

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The old house I grew up in had a tongue and groove wrap around porch. It was built in the late 1800's. It's still there.

What system was spec'd for the floor? I see a moisture issue down the road. Possibly??

Nice looking house. Keep us posted and good luck.:thumbsup:
 

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If you take off the ply, it isn't framed correctly to use T&G. Assuming this was pitched away from the house, and you have clearance at the doorways, you can put T&G over the top with the grooves running from the house to the outside edge. Personally, I would have specd the ply as marine grade, considering your location.

If you don't use T&G installed water tight, or some other water tight installation, you'll have to put a roof system under the framing...
 

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I have Fiberglass on my balcony and going on 13 years now, not one issue, easy to clean, etc. My balcony also has sun exposure for most of the day and no fading issues.
 

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Yea I am not going to do it myself. I am just trying to educate myself on the best options. I don't want to just trust the contractor since I will be the one living with it.

Roofer suggested using GAF Storm guard instead. Will that work?
 

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