Laying boards diagonally

mnwsgal 4 MNAugust 14, 2010

I am getting bids for 25' x 10' cedar deck. One contractor says he lays the boards diagonally which adds strength to the deck.

Any concerns or thoughts about this?

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Laying on a diagonal can look nice, but generally will make your decking a bit more "springy" That's because the distance, on the diagonal, between the joists will be greater. Accordingly, you might choose to have the joists installed on 12" centers, rather than 16", to support the diagonal lay of the decking.

If someone recommends composite decking, it would be best to check with the manufacturer. Some brands recommend 12" on center joists for standard install.

Enjoy your new deck.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 4:18PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN

Thanks, we are going with a diagonal layout of a cedar deck using 12" OC.

I checked out a neighbor's deck which is a bit springy and we don't want that.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 12:12PM
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