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Decking Question from a Novice

Would using 1x6 redwood boards be acceptable for decking panels?

I am trying to plan out my new deck and in the process of figuring out my materials, I am noticing that my local Home Depot and Lowes only sell redwood in their "decking" as 2x6s. It seems all the composites come in 1 inch thick, as well as a lot of the pressure treated soft woods. I went online to look for other options an in researching redwood grades I noticed a "deck heart" and "deck common" which only come int 2x6s.

I was thinking of ordering 1x6 heart B for my deck; so back to the original question, would this work, or is there a reason my local lumber stores only sell it as 2x6 for decking? Would 1x6 be sturdy enough?

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You'll have to frame your deck on 12" centers to use 1x6 redwood for a deck. The wood is too soft for 16" centers being 3/4" thick. It's why the decking comes in 2x6's. You could use the cheaper pressure treated pine for the framing where it doesn't show. It's far stronger anyway.
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deck post spacing

I frame all my decks using 4" X 4" posts, 32" on center. I then use two joists on each post, one on either side. I like how it looks and that method reduces the "open span" between them. By adding 1 /1/2" X 2 or 3" for the joists the actual span becomes 32" minus 3" or 29". The only Redwood deck I even made was 40 years ago, it was cheaper back then and I used the same double joist method with 2" X 6" deck planks.

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Steve,

Thanks for the reply and tips. Turns out the supplier I am looking at is selling 2x6 redwood decking boards for significantly cheaper than their 1x6 boards, so I think I will just go with the standard 2x6.

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Thank you sir, I will check out this design as I am planning.
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Good luck on the deck. Good info here.
Wood magazine had an interesting comparison of different material for decking. I recall that the synthetic decking had a lot of advantages but the article said that it gets very hot compared to other materials.

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Steve,

Thanks for the reply and tips. Turns out the supplier I am looking at is selling 2x6 redwood decking boards for significantly cheaper than their 1x6 boards, so I think I will just go with the standard 2x6.

Joseph
Just keep in mind redwood gets to looking pretty bad with lack of maintenance. Be sure to re-treat the deck often with what ever deck sealant you use. Here is one that got there someone is refinishing.
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