I'm in the process of rebuilding a deck and have posted some other questions. Thanks again to those who responded.
In shopping around for decking material, I found a place called Uncle Hilde's Lumber Outlet that is located in New Hampshire. Has anyone here had any experience, either good, bad, or indifferent, with them?
Out of necessity, I'm shopping price and was surprised at the low prices that they are showing for the ironwoods such as Ipe, Meranti, or Tigerwood. I thought that I had read on their site that the reason for their low prices was due to the fact that the decking only comes in 8 ft. lengths. Upon closer scrutiny, I can't seem to find where I read that.
In my case, I need to cover a 16' wide X 20' long deck. The 20' dimension runs parallel to the house. Ideally, 20' long deck boards would do the job, but at a substantially higher cost. I believe that Advantage Lumber, another site that I looked at, adds an up charge of $1 per linear ft. for boards over 19' and 20'. Too much for my budget.
It was suggested that I split the area into basically two 16' X 10' sections by installing a center deck board perpendicular to the house and then covering the two sections with 10' long deck boards. Not a bad idea. Another suggestion was to go with 12' and 8' deck boards and stagger the joints. That would work too, I suppose, however, I like the first suggestion better.
I also looked for some sort of calculator to see if I could play around with various deck board sizes (both lengths & widths) and layouts, but couldn't find one. Perhaps one doesn't exist.
Any feedback posted to the group would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.