I need to make a decision about what type of wood I should use for my spindles.
At the moment they are pine but they only held up 5 years even with staining them every year. I'm looking for something that will look good with my log cabin but will not be as high of a maintenance issue as the pine was. I do like the log cedar look but my builder said it will not hold up either. Would love to hear from someone that has already figured this out.
I don't have a wood type suggestion but if the spindles failed at the bottom where they go into the lower rail, the lower rail probably doesn't have weep holes drilled in it so when it rains, the holes in the lower rail where the spindles go in, holds water and rots the bottom of the spindle out quickly.
I would second Glenn's comments. Also, I would recommend installing copper post caps which will definitely help prolong the life of your posts. You may want to check with www.MountainHomeBuildingProducts.com for more information on this product.
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Cedar will hold up.
John – I am not a huge fan of log railing. I have just seen it rot too easily – it seems to wick and retain moisture which leads to problems and in my opinion no amount of stain or sealer is going to fix it. I think that it might be due to the railing being manufactured from standing dead timber but I am not sure. I would recommend the Cedar suggestion and if that doesn’t work, then I would go with a powder coated steel railing. There are plenty of rustic steel railing designs that would go nicely with a mountain home – they’re durable and safe.
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