Flipping Deck Boards
Flipping Deck Boards - Be Careful About Wood Grain
Patrick McNeill, who is revitalizing his deck in Woodstock, GA asks:
"Can I flip my deck boards instead of replacing them. They are treated lumber."
You bet you can flip them.
There's no harm in doing so. While you're at it, be sure to clean off any debris from the top of the support joists and check for rot at those locations.
If you have cracked treated wood, you should read that column too.
Should I Use Deck Joist Tape?
You should install deck joist tape on top of the joists. The tape prevents joist rot. Watch this video:
What is the Best Deck Board Spacing?
The best deck-board spacing is 1/4 inch. When reinstalling the decking, keep at least 1/4-inch spacing for ventilation and easy cleaning in the future.
What is the Best Cleaner for Wood Decks?
Be sure to clean the wood with Certified organic oxygen bleach like my Stain Solver.
What is the Best Sealer for Wood Decks?
Then use a medium-pigmented penetrating wood sealer to prevent future splitting and sun damage. Watch this video to see what I used on my wood boat dock panels:
Speaking of wood decks, David’s a subscriber who lives in Aveyron, France. He sent me a fascinating article about upside down decking in England. CLICK HERE to read his email.