Wood Deck Designs – Adding Edging

Wood Deck Designs – Adding Edging

Trim details such as edging are the finishing touches that make a deck complete. The trim should not be seen as an afterthought but an integral part of the design. It should be considered at the beginning of the project as the deck boards will need to finish level with the ends of the joists and frame if they are to accommodate the edging.

Wood Deck Designs - Adding Edging Edging covers the ends of the boards to create a finished and professional look to the completed deck. The edging can also be used on the tread of steps as the smooth wood finish stands out more and makes the steps more visible. As well as the aesthetic reasons for the edge, it also stops the ends of the decking boards from splintering if people kick them as they walk up and down the steps. Some decking suppliers produce an edge moulding but a reversed decking board works equally as well, if not better, as the deck board will be thicker and wider than a normal edge moulding. To make the border stand out even more, or to make use of the increased visibility of the smooth edge, the edging can either be stained or painted. As it is not an integral part of the structure it can be removed and replaced quickly and without too much effort.

Edging can also be used between stages of projects by offering a simple disguise for joist posts and other under-deck structures that need to be hidden until the next stage can be started.

1. Measure the length of wood required and cut a board to size. Treat cut ends with preservative and fix in place with screws. Unless you are using self-drilling screws, pre-drill the holes to avoid splitting.

2. To infill between the deck and the ground a second board needs to be fixed to the posts for added support. Remember to use a board the same thickness as the joist above, otherwise the infill will not fit.

3. Working from the end with the least access, measure and cut boards to fit in a vertical pattern to add interest to the infill. Secure top and bottom with screws. Treat any cut surfaces with preservative.

4. In situations where the edging meets soil you can push the bottom of the edging boards into the ground. You can then use a mallet to tap the tops of the boards into place and so create a tight fit.

5. The edging can be a specially made edge moulding or, a decking board screwed with the grooves facing in. This will produce a strong edge and will be easy to replace in the event that the exiting is damaged

6. The deck is completed with the addition of the edging and infill. It makes the deck safe for children and animals as they have no access under the deck. An added bonus is that by excluding light under the deck weed growth is restricted


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07. February 2011 by admin
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