Living in the Boston area, I work on many houses with traditional exterior wood millwork, which at the time these homes were built was typically milled from eastern white pine. The pine looks great, but I’m often asked to repair or replace damaged trim with a material that won’t rot and that requires less maintenance. That was the case recently for a pair of porch columns on a 1930s home. With plans to sell their house within a few years, the homeowners had hired me previously to repair or replace a number of other exterior details, and the front porch was the next item on their to-do list.

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