Ever have a customer tell you the following when beginning a deck installation? “I want no gap between the boards” or, “I want a 1 4″ gap between my deck boards” Your reply should be, “when?” Like a stopped watch that is only right twice a day, those deck boards are going to expand and contract as the
Be sure to use 2 clips on the double joist when using a hidden fasting system. Make sure to gap the butt joint at least 1 8". Line up the seams over double joists. To install composite decking with a hidden fastening system start at the house by face screwing the first board. Next screw a hidden fastener clip into the groove on
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Composite deck materials add sophistication and durability to any deck. Here's how to install composite decking and railings. the boards. Use a jigsaw to cut the decking and work around the posts as needed. You can make the cutouts a bit wide to help fit the boards in place — you'll cover the gaps later with post skirts.
For example, if you're installing at temperatures in the range of 33° F to 74° F, you would gap the planks 1 8” at the butt-joints. Additionally, the installation guide defines a requirement of 3 16” minimum gap where the planking meets any adjoining structure or post. Here is a butt joint gapping breakdown:.
If using 2x10 framing use 3 screws every 18". ALWAYS remember to gap fascia properly. NOTE: This does not apply if using standard decking boards for fascia. If using decking as fascia use 3 screws every 12". The top screw should be placed 1" from the top of the rim joist, the second screw in the center of the rim joist, and
Would you call out the spacing between these TREX boards? The underneath the boards are very decking must be gapped, both end-to-end and width-to-width. Gapping is necessary to facilitate Width-to-width: above 40° F = 1 4" gap, below 40° F = 3 8" gap. End-to-end: above 40° F = 1 8" gap,