screen porch flooring revisited

I had a question out here last week about overlaying a deteriorating screen porch floor. The floor is 14'x14', so just under 200sf. It occurred to me tonight that boats have floors that are exposed to even worse weather conditions, so I'm wondering if anyone would mind shooting holes in my idea of using teak that's properly sealed for a marine use. I've found material on the web that ranges mostly from 2.60 to 4.00 / sf, though some goes much higher. I think I'd end up with one gorgeous floor, but is there a downside? Mahogany doesn't cost substantially more, so is there an advantage to one wood over another, or is it color preference at that point?
thanks, k
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although it would probably hold up fine , i bet you will have a refinishing nightmare on your hands, about every year or 2
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That's a consideration, but people deck sailboats with teak and mahogany. I'm near the coast, so I think I'll take a ride this weekend and talk to some people in marinas about what materials they use. I'm hoping that they'll introduce me to some marine-grade coating that's up to the task, or maybe they'll tell me to leave it au-naturel.
Maybe not. Does anyone know if teak decks require more maintenance than others? Less? About the same?
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surfaces, and it ain't the cost of the wood. With old finishes, at least, upkeep was bitch. (see 'spar varnish') Modern urethane finishes are more durable, but still less so than inherently weatherproof materials. For wood with low upkeep, need something that can stay naked, like cedar, redwood, or one of the exotic (at least in CONUS) oily tropical woods. Personally, for a screen porch, I'd go with something set'n'forget like a synthetic or tile or something, but that is just me. (Only so many years left, and a chore list that will never be finished anyway, so no need to add more.)
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