Choosing A Deck Pattern or Design

You can install your deck flooring material in a variety of patterns and designs. Most deck pattern and design variations require that the support frame be modified to accommodate the pattern or design. Because of these potential modifications you should decide on a deck flooring pattern and designs before you start designing the structural (frame) members of your deck.

It should also be noted, that the more complex the deck material pattern or design the more material that will be required for both the deck structure and the deck material itself. 

The more complex the pattern the more labor hours it will take to install it. Although the more complex patterns tend to stand out and increase the decks value.

More complex, deck flooring patterns can be installed over a conventional deck frame, but requires that the joists spacing be closer, which will require more joists.

The decking boards will not be the same length, and the fact that each board must have the ends cut at an angle, means installation takes longer and there is some additional waste in deck flooring board material.

The ends of every piece of deck flooring material must be supported by a deck frame member. No single piece of deck flooring material must exceed its allowable span (support between deck frame members).

Below are some decking patterns starting with the simpler patterns and then the more complex patterns