Installing a decking inlay is a creative way to add some flair to any deck project. Use a combination of contrasting colors, angles, and shapes to make a statement. We have seen some beautiful examples of octagons, compass roses, and even curved designs. However inlays are challenging, time consuming, and require a lot of wasted materials. Plan ahead to save yourself some frustration. Find a pattern that is attractive and practical to build.
Decking inlays always require a lot of vertical blocking
in between joists because most decking materials can only overhang 3" beyond a joist. Attention to detail is important because every cut will be on display. Also remember that small pieces are more difficult to install, more likely to loosen, separate, and fall out over time.