90+ year old house. Will be replacing the front porch floor. It does
have a roof over it. Floor is 20+ years old.
Floor is now tongue and groove. I plan to replace it with 5/4 x 6
premium grade decking from HD.
My questions are, can the boards be placed tight against each other, or
is a minimum gap needed? If so, how much gap?
When screwing down the decking, how far from each edge should the screws
Although covered by a roof, the deck surface is going to get wet
(unless you live in Arizona) so you need to plan how it can drain
and dry as fast as possible. This is usually done by spacing boards
Screws piercing the top surface are not the only way to fasten
deck boards. You can fasten them at the sides or from below, to
maintain the deck surface smooth and unmarked.
On Jun 3, 11:31 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob) wrote:
When I built my deck with PT lumber, I took into account how wet the
wood was. I left no gap between the boards and within a month or so I
had a 1/8" to 1/4" gap between all boards. Had I gapped them from the
beginning, small dogs would have been able to fall through the
resulting gaps after the wood dried out.
On Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:31:59 -0400, email@example.com (Bob) wrote:
I can't answer you but I love the old houses with those porches. My
Aunts had one near Utica, NY and I just love them. We don't have
that in most homes in around Houston, Texas.
I might suggest to see what the new decking that marinas use. I think
it's some kind of composite that obviously must resist rain, salt
water, traffic, etc... . Also you might consider if whatever you
use will it stand up to high heels just in case. I realize you won't
have much of that but the hardness and spacing may come into play
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