Loading

Bark Side Up vs. Best Side Up

Usually, the best policy to use for surfacing an attractive wood floor is to always expose the best side of the board. If your deck boards are wet, some carpenters prefer to install them bark side up to prevent cupping. This technique will orientate the visible growth rings in a downward arc like a dome to eliminate any protruding corners and allow water to run off the boards. Another reason to install the decking bark side up is because the pith side is prone to shelling, especially in trees that have dense latewood growth rings like southern pine. As a general rule, the drier the decking, the fewer problems you will have no matter how you install it. Also, consider that there is more sapwood on the bark side of a board, and sapwood more easily accepts stains than heartwood. We recommend you consult with your lumber supplier for a recommendation based on the species of wood and the climate in your region.


Popular Materials Articles
Composite Decking

Capped Composite Decking

What is capped composite decking? It's a great option if you like the look of wood but not the maintenance. Learn about capped composite at Decks.com.

Decking Reviews

TanDeck

TanDeck low maintenance decking system is manufactured by Tangent Technologies, LLC in Aurora, IL.

Decking Reviews

Cross Timbers

Cross Timbers composite decking material is manufactured by Elk Corp. in Dallas, TX.

Next Step: Footings Articles
Concrete

Cutting a Concrete Pad

Learn how to use a concrete saw to cut a hole in a patio slab to install a deck footing.

Footing Installation

Soil Conditions

Learn how soil conditions can affect the size of your deck footings. Do you have gravel, sand or clay soil?

Concrete

Prevent Deck Sinking

Sinking deck footings can lead to serious problems. Learn what can cause concrete footings to sink. Properly installed footings will resist sinking.

Get more helpful resources delivered right to your inbox

Explore Articles by Topic

Wood Materials

Bark Side Up vs. Best Side Up

Usually, the best policy to use for surfacing an attractive wood floor is to always expose the best side of the board. If your deck boards are wet, some carpenters prefer to install them bark side up to prevent cupping. This technique will orientate the visible growth rings in a downward arc like a dome to eliminate any protruding corners and allow water to run off the boards. Another reason to install the decking bark side up is because the pith side is prone to shelling, especially in trees that have dense latewood growth rings like southern pine. As a general rule, the drier the decking, the fewer problems you will have no matter how you install it. Also, consider that there is more sapwood on the bark side of a board, and sapwood more easily accepts stains than heartwood. We recommend you consult with your lumber supplier for a recommendation based on the species of wood and the climate in your region.


Popular Materials Articles
Composite Decking

Capped Composite Decking

What is capped composite decking? It's a great option if you like the look of wood but not the maintenance. Learn about capped composite at Decks.com.

Wood Materials

Types of Wood Decking Materials

There are many options for choosing the best wood for your deck, like pressure treated pine, cedar, redwood or mahogany. Compare types of wood at Decks.com.

Wood Materials

How to Read Lumber Grade Stamping

Any lumber you purchase should have a grade stamp, which provides info about the characteristics of the wood. Learn how to read lumber stamps at Decks.com.

Next Step: Footings Articles
Concrete

Cutting a Concrete Pad

Learn how to use a concrete saw to cut a hole in a patio slab to install a deck footing.

Footing Installation

Footing Size

Learn how large to make your deck footings. Use our table for maximum allowable loads to determine the proper size for your soil type.

Footing Installation

Layout Deck Foundations

Learn how to lay out your deck footings accurately using triangulation with our step-by-step instructions.

Get more helpful resources delivered right to your inbox

Explore Articles by Topic