Building a Deck – How to Install Decking
OK the layout work is done, the posts and framing are complete, now it’s time to move on to how to install decking. How to install decking on your new deck is not all at technical, but it is time consuming and if done incorrectly could wind up costing more time in the future to correct it. In this building a deck video from Home Depot we’ll be given all the information we need to install picture perfect decking on our new deck.
Here are some in the salient points to look for and to make note of while you’re watching the video.
- Most decking is 2 x 4, 2×6 or 5/4×6 boards. Other less common board types are Iron Wood and Tiger Wood, which are a highly dense type of wood that comes from Australia and Brazil and is sold in ¾ inch thicknesses. These are the only types of wood I know that are less than 2 inches thick and can still be laid on 16 inch framing centers.
- You should buy more decking than you expect to use. The rule of thumb is as follows, buy 10% more for straight decking and 15% more if you’re doing diagonal decking.
- Leave approximately a 1/8 inch gap between the boards when installing them, unless they’ve been pressure treated. Pressure treated lumber will shrink as the board dries out.
- If your deck is too long to cover with one board span then stagger your joints by at least one frame space.
- Finally rounding the edge of your deck with the router will give it a nicely finished look.
There you have it the decking has now been installed and it’s really looking like a deck now. We only have one more tutorial to go through and that’s railing and stair installation. Remember as you are building a deck you must call for inspections by your local inspector as stipulated on the building permit. It’s always nice to stay on the good side of your building inspector.
Building a Deck Series:
Video 1 – Building a Deck – A Brief Overview
Video 3 – Building a Deck – Deck Framing
Video 4- This is the one you are watching.
Video 5 – Deck Stairs and Deck Railing