Western Red Cedar 5/4 x 6 Deck Board Fastening & Finishing
by Van G
I've got my two decks all framed up and I'm ready to lay down the boards. When I started out we had planned to use Ipe, but then we added a second deck, post and beam features...... You get the idea.
Job Specs: Location = Toronto, Boards = 5/4x6 Western Red Cedar #2 or Better Knotty, Two Decks = 640 sqft, Finish = UV Seal
I hope to get some consensus on best practices for the following:
Fastening: How should I fasten the boards? Top or Hidden
Which hidden fastener system works well with WRC?
If face screwing, which screws should I use and do I need to pre-drill?
I would like to preserve the warmth and natural tone of the finished deck. I plan to use a UV sealant like Cabot. I realize this will involve washing the deck semi-annually and hopefully seal every other (or more).
If this was your deck and you had plenty of hands to help, would you pre-finish boards: sand, seal, cut & end seal?
What is best practice?
I picked up a FHB deck magazine a couple weeks back which showed a nice board detail on an Ipe deck. Can't remember the specific pattern name, but it was a picture frame border, 3 courses wide, butt joints which used a biscuit joint for strength.
Can I still attempt this pattern with WRC, or is it too soft?