boards for decks

Installing deck boards usually begins at the house wall and goes out toward the end, with the boards always running perpendicular to the joists. Measure from the outside edge of one rim joist to the outside edge of the other one to get the length of the first 2 deck boards. Then add to that length the amount needed to cover

Better Board: Composites. Composite decking and its cousin, plastic lumber, represent the fastest-growing decking materials sold today. In fact, while researching this piece, I visited, and found more than two dozen companies that make plastic or composite decking. Most products are made from polyethylene or

Then composite decking came along and introduced a problem: It mushroomed when nails (and the screws of that time) were driven into it. Within a few years, the number of alternative-decking manufacturers had grown to 80 or more. That led to the development of numerous fastening systems, to deal

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1X stock is fine if you have 16 inch on center joists, and the joists are themselves sized properly. Using 2X stock over undersized joists does help make the deck feel more solid. If you have 24 OC joists, I'd definitely stay with the 2X decking. An other option if you have wider joist spacing is to add a joist

Building a wood deck makes a great DIY project for your home. Here are some tips when laying the deck boards. When using pressure treated wood that's still saturated with preservative, install the boards without a gap between them. As the wood dries, it will shrink, leaving a small gap between each board. Orient the deck

Spacing between deck boards provide a few critical functions. The primary function is to drain water from the deck. Gaps that are narrow (1 8”), can catch debris, specifically on top of the joists, and can be difficult to clean out. Larger gaps, such as 1 4” allow more of this material to fall through the deck. Ventilation below the