making outdoor steps (first time)

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Forum topic by dbouch posted 06-21-2017 01:17 PM 571 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2017 01:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: outdoor steps wood selection finish choice

i’ve been working wood for over 10 years, but haven’t build anything for outdoor use. i need to build some steps for my back patio.

i live in west hills, ca san fernando valley. very hot sunny summer days (UV) and, hopefully, rainy winter days. no freezing or snow, etc. the steps will get moderate, but not very heavy use.

here’s my thinking so far.

wood: siberian larch
dye and/or stain to a dark cherry color (i’m hoping to avoid paint. i’m looking to preserve the look of real wood)
top coat of thompsons water seal

i hoping i might get input from the collective wisdom of this forum. any advice?

many thanks in advance,


this is my first time here. i hope i placed this in the right forum.

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#1 posted 06-21-2017 01:35 PM

Welcome to the site. What is you patio made out of and how big do you need the steps to be?

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#2 posted 06-21-2017 01:35 PM

1 word …. TREX …. never paint it….. never rots…. different colors …. GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 06-21-2017 03:56 PM

What is you patio made out of and how big do you need the steps to be?

patio is concrete. only a 14 inch drop from the back door to the patio.

BR8HUNTER: i investigated trex years ago for another project. passed on the project, so i never followed up. i’ll have another look. thx


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