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Ultraviolet light and weather bleaching the wood pigments may also be an issue; even dark-colored woods tend to shift toward being a silvery grey over time. Some surface treatments contain UV blockers -- sunscreen for wood -- which can help limit this effect, and some stains (I'm not sure which or how many) resist it better than others. (There's a nice Ipe ...


If water collects there because of a roof with out a gutter, it would be wise to add a French drain. If you did go that route, the saturation of water in that area would never make iot to the wall to the degree that you may think. The French drains that I built where graded to daylight, lined with a continuous piece of heavy gage plastic, so any water ...

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