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Re: 2x6 deck boards vs. 5/4x6



Posted by Steve : In Reply to: 2x6 deck boards vs. 5/4x6 posted by JD

Using 2x6 floorboards as opposed to 5/4x6 will do little for the longevity of a deck. Since 5/4x6 is now becoming the more popular dimension for floorboards, it?s generally milled from better forest stock and often graded higher than 2x6 lumber.

In regards to strength, in the past 2x6 boards were often used to span longer joists and stringer distances. However, this is not the norm anymore. Deck design weight loads have increased over the years and pretty much govern the span between substructure framing members and decking size, species or composite material being used.


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