Question: I am building a deck. I have heard that some carpenters install the deck boards with the bark side of the deck board facing up. I want to build this right.
Going to put down the deck boards. Wondering what side should be up? The bark side or the other side?
The poll is missing the option: "Resist the temptation to have [S]yet another thing requiring time consuming and costly annual maintenance[/S] a deck".
The Home Depot Community;. Laying out deck boards. HI. Nail bark side up - always nail boards bark side up (annual rings arc upward).
Studies have shown that if the lumber cups at all, it will always cup toward the sunny side regardless of the direction of the growth rings. Second, 5/4 deck boards are thinner. "5/4" means the deck boards are only 1.25" thick. Standard 2x lumber is 1.5" thick.
I’m building a deck and plan to plank it with premium grade, 5/4-in. by 6-in. pressure-treated southern yellow pine. I’m unsure about which side of the boards should be facing up and exposed to the weather.
In another thread, brickeyee posted a link to a great reference on wood properties. One of the diagrams in the reference shows how sawn lumber is likely to deform.
How do you install deck boards. Bark-side up or bark-side down???I had always read that you installed the boards bark-side up, and that they should...
Cause of Outdoor Deck Board & Stair Tread or Wood Trim Cupping & Shelling - Advice for Which Side Should go Up When Placing Wood Deck Boards, Stair Treads Field Experience and Carpentry School Argued for Bark Side Up - place the arced wood-grain facing convex surface upwards US FPL Support for Bark Side Up, Pith Side Down Two More reasons to place wood boards bark-side up: avoid shelling problems: Shelling & Preservative Penetration Exceptions to the Bark-Side-Up Rule for Placing Wood Boards.
Bark Side Up How a wooden deck board warps when installed bark side up. ? Home-Cost 2006 "Bark side up" is the conventional wisdom. The main reason proponents like this method is, ironically, to reduce cupping. But when it rain, and the board warps, water collects in the concave shape and pools there.
Just about to start putting my deck boards on and hope I am not starting a great debate with this question. I have read bark side goes up and bark side goes down.
Home ? Decks ? How to Buy Deck Lumber.. Install decking boards “good side up.” Some swear decking boards should only be installed “bark side up,.
5 Comments on “How to Install Wood Deck Boards. Funny, I just got off the phone with the contractor who redid our deck. They installed the planks cups side up.
Usually the best policy to use for surfacing an attractive wood floor is to always expose the best side of the board. If your deck boards are wet some carpenters.
If the board is installed wrong side up (or bark side up) it will curve up on the edges when dry and water can gather and sit in the cup. That is a recipe for wood rot and problems. If you look at a dry deck board from the end grain you can see the rings in the wood. They should be curving upwards, like they are forming a smile.
Decking - Flat side up or grooved side up?. Mrs Nthused wants the flat side up so it may be a. I think he means advise against having boards smooth side up.
I've been told that decking boards should always be installed "bark side up" so that the boards crown (and shed water) as they age rather than cup (and collect water).
The decking boards I bought have 8mm grooves cut in one side.. Lay them plain side up & treat them with decking oil.-- Dave - The Medway Handyman
Install decking boards with the bark side up. Boards can "cup" away from the bark side. This will enable the water to run off the boards. Decking boards should be about 1/8" apart to allow for the boards to swell and shrink.
This article series explains the causes of cupping in wood boards & wood board right side up advice for steps, decks, ramps: this article explains the causes of wood board cupping and gives advice concluding that unless a board is already badly cupped or has a "bad" side, when construction of outdoor decks and wood stairs you should place boards with "bark side up" - that is pith side (tree center side) of the board facing down.