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Posted by Bruce M on May 11th, 1998 08:52 PM
In reply to Decks by Monica on May 10th, 1998 11:57 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Monica

Having built a few decks, let me offer the following:

- Screws are always preferable to nails.....and stainless steel Robertson Head are the best.

- Best deck material would be an imported tropical hardwood such as ironwood or cypress or Teak. However, unless money is not an object, pressure treated #1 yellow pine is a good alternative as is Trexx, a synthetic wood fiber and plastics product which will not crack, split, expand/shrink or warp....but holes must be predrilled. Redwood or Cedar are ok, but they are expensive and very soft, thus prone to marking/denting etc.

- If you are in a snow zone, I'd go with steps without risers (the backs). Makes it a lot easier to shovel them off in the winter.

- Whether to skirt the deck in lattice is a matter of taste. I'd take a look at decks the contractor has done before to see how it looks and be sure to check quality of work.

Best wishes on this project

Bruce M

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Topic History:

  • Decks by Monica  5/10/98 11:57 PM

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  • TREAXX by johney ruth raper  5/15/99 05:59 PM
  • Decks by dada  2/13/03 07:45 PM

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