Decking Patterns


A diagonal pattern is widely used by deck builders. A diagonal pattern is one of the simplest options, requiring only a small amount of extra labor, mostly in trimming the deck boards at an angle. This pattern can use the standard deck frame that built for a standard parallel decking except the smaller distance between joists.


A V-shaped pattern like the one shown in the diagram is the next level in visual effect. The only installation of extra joist where the deck boards intersect needed for the deck framing. This extra joist provides additional surface for nailing or screwing the deck boards to the frame. There's also a bit more work needed to cut the angles on the ends of the boards, as you'll have basically twice as many cuts as when installing a diagonal pattern.


Taking it up another step, the diamond pattern offers good visual appearance while adding only two additional frame elements. We need joists installed parallel to the house and centered between the ledger and the end of the deck. In this pattern, we also need additional surfaces for attaching the planking. Just as with the V-shaped pattern, it takes more time making angled cuts because now it has four times as many as in the diagonal pattern.


Of all the decking patterns, the interlocking deck boards of a herringbone pattern offer one of the most interesting decking appearance. But along with visual effect comes more installation labor. This pattern needs a doubled joists wherever the pattern interlocks, to provide proper fastening surfaces. Although fewer angled cuts are needed than in some of the other patterns, this pattern itself is complicated and requires lots of labor and upfront deck frame planning.

Angle-cut herringbone

This pattern is similar to the herringbone pattern. The angle-cut herringbone offers nice appearance and is a bit easier to install. As with the herringbone pattern, it requires double up the frame joists wherever the deck boards connect, for proper fastening. All cuts have the sane angle, and this style goes down pretty fast once the first boards are in proper place.


The parquet pattern is a bit tricky. It looks simple, but it requires a special foundation to support the decking and provide proper surfaces for screws. The frame requires double joists in areas where the pattern connects, plus it needs blocks inside the pattern squares to support the deck planking. It all depends on the size of the "squares." If they're over 16" square, we'll need to add additional blocks. The advantage to this nice style is that the deck boards are all same square cut and installed quickly once the proper frame is done.

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