I am going to build a deck across the front of my house. It will be 8
feet from the door to the steps, and 12 feet long. I have 8 foot deck
boards because I was able to get them really cheap. But if I run them
the 8 foot width of the deck, the boards will run from the door to the
steps. Somehow this seems wrong. In other words, when I go up the
steps toward the door, I'd be walking the length of the boards. It
seems that the boards should go the 12 foot length of the porch, thus
when I go up the steps, I will be walking from board to board as I go
to the door. This seems like it would look better. Sure, I will have
to splice the boards, but it just dont seem right to run them from the
door to the steps.
Is this correct? Is there a correct way to build a deck? I have not
yet built the framing, so I can go either way.
Recent "Ask This Old House", Tom Silva went and replaced a falling down
stoop/porch/entry deck. He specifically _CHOSE_ to run the decking the
way you're thinking to ensure water ran away from the house down instead
of pooling. Make sure the deck slopes slightly away from the house
either way you choose to go.
Also has the advantage of the stronger long grain at the overhang of the
top step meaning less likelihood of a split-off--a real concern w/ most
of today's less-than-ideal lumber.
So, the choice is yours but there certainly is precedent for either and
at least one example w/ reason for the perpendicular to the wall direction.
Personally, I'd look at it after laying out a few for the visual and
decide on that basis although having the possibility of no joints is
pretty strong motivation, too...
How's that for a definite "whatever..."???? ;)
The main thing is that the boards run perpendicular to the joists, either at
90 or 45 degrees. Your situation is one of aesthetics and is your
preference. Your real issue will be with the joists. Are you attaching
your frame to the house? Where will your ledger board go, how will you run
your joists off the house, etcccccccc. If you want the boards to run side
to side, make sure your joists are running front to back and the opposite
for boards running front to back. Suggestion, why don't you split the
difference and go boards at 45s? My back deck has them at 45 degrees and it
looks sharp. More cutting and waste but all good looking things cost more
I'd run the boards so that you don't have any butt joints, those look
no matter how nice your wood is, a 2x6 is not uniformly wide so, one side
of your butt joint would be wider than the other leaving uneven gaps ect..
going at 45 would force you to have butt joints and have lots of waste.
I bought a house a while back that had a beautiful deck with 4
sections of 45 degrees and flower pot holders etc. The problem was
the builder paid no attention to cupping of the decking. Soon most of
the boards had curled on the edges and whenever it rained it took
hours for it to dry or I had to sweep it. Also splinters developed on
the edges and decking screws pulled lose. A word to the wise....
On Jul 17, 2:06 pm, email@example.com wrote:
It will depend on how you are framing the deck. It is usually easier
and cheaper to have the joists running perpindicular to the house all
but forcing the boards to run parallel to the house.
You can run the joists the other way but will then need additional
supports/beams. Check with your local building inspector.
On Jul 17, 1:06 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The common sense way is to run the planks from dooor to steps. If
(maybe when) the boards warp there is far less chance of your bride
stubbing her toe and falling flat with a load of groceries in her
arms. Porch floors are commonly done this way (mine is) and I see no
reason why decks should be built with alleged 'appearance' first and
safety second as the criterion. From the standpoint of just looks, the
spaces between the planks form a nice line that leads the eye from the
steps to the door in a sort of welcoming aspect. So the artistic side
gets my vote. HTH
replying to jlucky25, Rick Jones wrote:
Little late answering but I just googled the same quandrie....after reading your
comment I feel board to board or 45 is good, Im lazy so its horizontal like my
house as opposed to walking the plank. Lol, which is my wifes
thought...nah...Homer is doing it his way! Thanks! Rick
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