curlyoak Posted December 27, 2021 Report Share Posted December 27, 2021 On 12/27/2021 at 12:32 AM, wtnhighlander said: Coop, I think white oak's weather resistance is somewhat dependant on the average regional humidity. My house has WRC siding that is in fine shape after 30 years, but a white oak bench I built for Cody and the neighbor kids to rest on between backyard basketball games fell apart after two years in the weather, warped until the joinery broke. Another member here ( @curlyoak?) has mentioned great difficulties with mold forming on a WO door in the even more humid climate of Florida. It may resist rot and bugs, but humidity makes it move a lot, and it stains from mold very easily. A WO front door with the best varnish failed. Mold and mildew got under the finish and made a mess. I thought I could strip it, kill the mildew and re varnish. Wrong. After another try I realized it is the wrong wood. I was told that the cell structure allows mildew to get in. Regardless how much I varnished the door bottom. I was told that red oak would work. Didn't want to go there. So I replaced it with Sapele. Works like a champ. and has nice look. Just like mahogany. There is nothing as good as teak but over the top on cost. And teak contains silica which dulls all edges. People have asked me to do millwork on teak. I agreed only if they pay for the sharpening and the down time. No one is interested in that. This is a subtropical issue. I know WO works in other places. Not here for outside. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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