Installation of the tigerwood decking
showcase will show you how to do it yourself illustrating efforts to be
made to help you see more clearly how and what of deck installation.
quite some research on the internet and talking with professionals I
thought it would be necessary to make a summary dedicated to the design and
implementation of a wooden tigerwood deck due to the people who are not
experts in this type of installations. It is therefore necessary to
understand that this is not "the" absolute guide but it only
showing you the "type design". Also, because your deck is
uniquely custom built!
of the deck installation project:
- total surface of the
tigerwood decking 40m²
- Using girders of 4.93m
x145x21mm in exotic tigerwood
- Planks of 145x60x4000mm
- joists of 60x70x4000mm
- below the maximum budget
of 2000 euros approximately.
- 2 people for the entire
assembly and installation
The tigerwood deck framing
we begin, we must define roughly the size of the terrace and if it will be
on a hard surface (old concrete patio or platform) or on stilts that can
already get an idea of the budget: in this case, we have 40 m² and on
stilts. We must also consider the shape and type of installation you want
in respect of the joists. In our case, it's a simple rectangle deck,
consisting out of longitudinal stretches (length calculation based on the
size of the joists). Resuming we are able to make an estimate of 2000 euros
(taking an average of the different exotic woods such as tigerwood and
prices for similar species!).
Designing the structure and the deck frame
how to frame and structure the girders purchased (for us, 4m93 x 145 mm x
21 mm), what you use as joists (some say to keep the same specie as the
girders others say to use a cheaper wood and yet others prefer to use pressured pine) for build this decking
structure. In our case, I chose for pressured pine pine which I will
outline the details later.
designing your deck, also map where your cuts will be and try to map the
connections between the decking boards. Allow about a 50cm gap between the
underlying joists. In principle 40cm spacing between the joists is good but
requires too many screws and 60cm may provoke the boards to start waving.
Everything depends on the length of the blades too. Between the girders use
a 1.3m span. The girders used for this decking are all about 2 meters.
If the decking boards are 2.4meters long in tigerwood it is better to fix
all these boards with a 40cm spacing (6x40 cm). In our case, 4.93 is the
last 10x50cm slightly closer. When I divide it into two, I have 2465.
That's why I put cuts 2465 ends with a decking board between. In
consequence the joists are spaced 6-11-16 depending on the surface of the
entire decking also.
materials to buy for your tigerwood deck installation
to bulk packaging one must puzzle what and which quantity of the decking
materials to buy. Doing some exact calculations on the materials needed
will safe you lots of time and money of not needing to go up and down the
hardware store because you will probably need to rent a truck carry your
joists, decking boards, bags of cement, sand, etc. It is therefore better
to be closer to reality to have the least possible surprises.
take the time to think about the various things that you can fit under your
deck: a water recovery tank, electricity sockets, bollard lights, hydrants
note in bold letters the important points (spacing of joists cuts) that
will be useful during the installation.