first step: select a wood species. select your decking material. refer to the decking span table to determine what is the maximum distance that your chosen decking can span between joists.. for example 2x6 materials can usually span 24” without any noticeable deflection and still support a significant load.
in typical deck construction, with a ledger on one side of the joist and beam on the other, the size of the joists is driven by the size of the deck and based on the general maximum spans mentioned above. for best results, refer to our wood and composite deck joist span table.
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codes specify maximum spans according to the type of wood used. a deck more than 2 feet or two steps above ground must have a railing. codes dictate how high the railing must be, as well as how far apart the balusters can be. small children must not be able to climb it. how to compute the spans for a deck.
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the canfor span calculator (span calculator) for wood joists and rafters performs calculations for four species and numerous grades of commercially available softwood lumber as found in the "2012
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