How to Install a Deck

There is nothing better than sitting outside on your deck on a summer day. Soaking up the sunshine, ice cold drink in hand, grill ready, birds chirping. If your deck area is subpar, it can take away the enjoyment and present danger if the boards are rotten, broken, or sagging. Revamp your deck this summer and you won’t have to worry about it again for a long time. Installation is easier than you may think, and the Friedman’s experts are ready to help!

Once your deck frame is in place, with joists a maximum of 16” apart, you’re ready to place the first board. Place this board at the edge and screw in place, one inch from the edge and side, at a perpendicular angle.

Place two fasteners at board end, and from there, alternate one fastener every joist in a zipper pattern. With your next board, lay it in place with the gapping tool in between the boards to ensure proper placement. Gapping is necessary for good drainage and to allow thermal expansion and contraction. Adhering to proper gapping guidelines will keep your deck in great shape year after year.

Your gapping guidelines will vary depending on the type of deck you’re building, the type of area the deck will be in, and even the temperature on build day. Standard practice for width to width gaps is 1/4″ or 3/8” (the latter is recommended for installation days under 40 degrees Fahrenheit), and no gap should ever exceed half an inch. End to end gapping should meet standards of 3/16” or 1/8”, and again, the latter is recommended for temps above 40 degrees.

Continue laying and placing deck boards, alternating fasteners on joists and ensuring spacing is correct. Once you get into a good flow of board laying, the deck floor will be laid and ready to use before you know it!

If you’re ready to get started on your new deck, visit a Friedman’s location today and let us help you gather the tools and supplies you need. You’ll be basking in the sun and appreciating your hard work this summer and for many future summers. Let’s get started!





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