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Posted on A couple of deck questions.

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 06:20 PM

Based on the information you have shared it is hard to say if going to 14’ will complicate the issue.

Most regular pressure treated decking material is 5/4”

I think a more important question is what material to use. Pressure treated lumber is the most common and the cheapest. It has a relatively limited life expectancy (10 – 15 years). Artificial materials cost more and last longer.

My deck is made of ipĂ© which is a very hard wood that will last forever with or without treatment. When I built the deck about 10 years ago, it costs about twice as much as pressure treated lumber but if you plan to have the deck for the long term (I do) it’s worth it. I’m 60 years old and I know this deck will outlast me – and it looks good too.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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